Last week we learned that Ben Affleck would not direct The Batman, and today some more potential bad news has come our way.
The Hollywood Reporter says that Joe Manganiello is in talks to join The Rock in Rampage, a movie about the popular 1980s video game. Rampage is scheduled for an April 2018 release, which means it should begin production this spring/summer. That’s the same time when Manganiello was supposed to start shooting The Batman. He was cast as the main villain, Deathstroke.
If Manganiello has an opening in his schedule to take a big action movie starring The Rock, I think it means that The Batman will not be filming this summer as previously planned. At this point, it looks like the earliest The Batman can start production will be this fall. It still needs a director, and the script is currently up in the air, with new rumors saying they may even be starting from scratch.
SOURCE: The Hollywood Reporter