Almost two weeks ago, Warner Bros.’ possible long-term film plans for their DC Comics properties was leaked and included theoretical solo movies for Wonder Woman, Sandman, and Shazam; a Flash/Green Lantern team-up movie; a Man of Steel sequel; and the inevitable Justice League. These plans naturally hinge on the expected success of the company’s summer 2016 entry Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice. What didn’t make the cut was the new Batman solo movie everyone knows will happen eventually, which seemed mighty odd at first until a few days ago when rumors began to spread that another cinematic reboot of the Dark Knight was being planned for 2019 and could be potentially be titled The Batman.
When The Batman does eventually get made, star Ben Affleck‘s involvement will be assured due to his multi-film contract, and another actor is already throwing his hat into the ring as a casting choice for the Caped Crusader’s famous sidekick, Robin — Daniel Radcliffe
Radcliffe grew up before the eyes of millions of moviegoers as the star of Warner Bros.’ Harry Potter franchise, and ever since the final Potter film was released, he has been taking on riskier projects that challenge his acting abilities rather than inflate his bank account (though I’m sure that’s already quite full). During a recent Q&A session with Buzzfeed, the British actor expressed interest in joining up with another insanely popular franchise:
â€œBatman. If they reboot that again Iâ€™ll do that too. Itâ€™s happening, isnâ€™t it? With Ben Affleck. I could be Robin, Iâ€™m perfect.â€
The character of Batman’s original sidekick Robin has never felt like an integral asset of the film franchise, but more like a shameless appeal to younger moviegoing demographics. Radcliffe will be almost thirty years old when The Batman goes into production if the studio sticks to the rumored schedule, so he wouldn’t make for a convincing Boy Wonder at that mature age. My guess is that he would be upgraded to the cooler-sounding Nightwing, who Robin’s alter ego Dick Grayson became after reaching adulthood. Radcliffe doubtlessly still has some pull with Warner Bros. and though his interest in teaming up with Affleck is mere wishful thinking at this point, I don’t see how he could do any worse of a job in the role than whatever bland male model would end up cast in his place.
Right now, the reality is that it might be at least another five years before Batman returns to the big screen in his own adventure. Warner Bros. and DC are finally committing to doing right by their legendary staple of superheroes by pushing Batman’s next solo feature all the way to the back of the line while the other projects are being prepped. This could all change depending on whether Dawn of Justice flops or proves to be a middling success at the box office; if the movie that will finally bring together Superman (Henry Cavill) and Batman and introduce Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), Aquaman (Jason Momoa), and Cyborg (Ray Fisher) fails to connect with audiences, then the studio will likely get cold feet about proceeding with the development of the non-Batman films.
Their dreams of forging a DC Cinematic Universe gets permanently scuttled and we are left with countless Superman and Batman reboots until the end of time. There’s a lot riding on Dawn of Justice.