Unfortunately, Aquaman looks to be the only upcoming DC film whose production is going smoothly. From Furious 7 director James Wan and scriptwriter Will Beall, this solo movie for the King of Atlantis is currently in pre-production and is set to start filming in a few months.
Jason Mamoa leads, with a strong supporting cast including Amber Heard (Queen Mera), Nicole Kidman (Atlanna), Willem Dafoe (Vulko) and Temuera Morrison (Thomas Curry). The villains will be Patrick Wilson’s Prince Orm AKA Ocean Master, Aquaman’s ambitious half-brother, and Yahya Abdul-Matteen II as Black Manta.
Beall has claimed that the movie will be “really, really fun” and might just “blow people’s minds.” I guess we’ll find out for sure when it swims into theaters on October 5th, 2018.
Unlike the aforementioned film, pre-production on The Batman has definitely not been smooth. After Ben Affleck decided to only star in the picture and not direct, Matt Reeves (Cloverfield, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes) is now at the helm of this latest Batman solo adventure.
Aside from starring, Affleck also co-wrote the original script with Geoff Johns, which has since been given a polish by Chris Terrio (Batman V Superman, Justice League). The actor has previously said that the movie will be an original story, but drawn from aspects of various different comics. Unfortunately, we don’t have much more to go on than that, and who knows how much will change now that Reeves is calling the shots.
Initially, The Batman was set to open on July 27th 2018, but due to the changing directors and ongoing script rewrites, that’s unlikely to happen now.