Batman Solo Film Could Be a Prequel Exploring His Tragic Past With Robin

We already know that Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice picks up years after Batman has already been fighting crime in Gotham City. Batman has already gone through a lot of shit, and we know this from Robin’s suit being on display in the Batcave where Bruce Wayne will always see it and be reminded of what happened. In an interview with EW, Ben Affleck explains that Batman is starting to wonder if he’s ever really saved anyone:

“He’s projecting his own sense of failure, his own sense of disillusionment, his own cynicism onto Superman.”

What exactly did happen, though? We know that The Joker had something to do with it because of what the Joker clearly wrote on the suit. According to Geoff Johns, this is a story that we will get to see. Batman v Superman is laying the groundwork for upcoming movies, and Robin and Batman's tragic story will be explored. He says:

“We’ll be exploring that. No one says specifically the name of which Robin that is.”

To me, that suggests we could very well see a solo Batman movie that is a prequel. That movie is still in the development phase, though, and Affleck isn’t really thinking about it at the moment. The actor and director told EW:

“It’s in development, and right now I’m really focused on finishing Live By Night. That’s where my focus is, and I tend to be a one movie at a time guy. So, when I’m finished with this movie, I’ll then focus on my next movie and figure out what that will be.”

Affleck is already signed on to appear in the Justice League films, but as of right now he’s only co-writing the solo Batman movie that he may direct and may star in. He's not 100% locked in yet. It would make sense if they made a Batman prequel film. After all, that’s what they are doing with Wonder Woman, so why not throw a Batman prequel in the mix as well? I haven’t even seen Batman v Superman yet, but I’m still curious to know about the backstory of this version of Bruce Wayne. Affleck revealed that he’s seen some of Suicide Squad and said:

“I’ve seen stuff from Suicide Squad,* and I can tell you that movie really works. That movie is really, really cool and fun and awesome.”

Affleck’s Batman makes an appearance in that movie as well. I’m excited about the DC Extended Universe that Warner Bros. is developing! It seems like there’s a lot of cool stuff on the way.

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