Using the most advanced computer technology ever invented, and a proprietary algorithm devised by a secret government think tank, The Dissolve created The Speculometron to determine the mathematical probability of the Internet’s latest movie rumors.
Rumor: We’ve got a special-edition twofer for the Speculometron today. Murmurs indicate that Ben Affleck, director of I Killed My Lesbian Wife, Hung Her On A Meat Hook, And Now I Have A Three-Picture Deal At Disney, among other films, may take the helm of a Batman solo film to be released in 2018. Other, different murmurs indicate that DC’s taking a different approach to a future Green Lantern film, possibly focusing on three different leads in the Green Lantern Corps of intergalactic peacekeepers.
Evidence: “Yes, the Ben Affleck project Latino-Review previous [sic] reported is still a go, aiming for November 2018 now. Chris Terrio, who has writing credits on Batman V. Superman: Dawn Of Justice and has been announced as a writer for both Justice League films will write the movie for Ben Affleck to direct himself in. It’s still called The Batman, and it still sounds like it could be amazing.”
“Keep in mind that the movie is still in early development and a lot of things can change, but we’re hearing that the new Green Lantern movie will focus on more than one human Green Lantern.”
The Speculometron’s calculations: As for the news regarding Gigli star Ben Affleck, that doesn’t seem outside the realm of possibility, not one bit. The 2018 date would cater specifically to Affleck’s schedule (he’s slated to direct the thriller Live By Night for a 2016 release), and Christian Bale could attest that there’s plenty of time for non-franchise work even while holding down the iconic role. Affleck demonstrated himself a capable orchestrator of tensions with 2012’s Argo; maybe the top brass at DC want him to bring that touch to their own material.
To this day, the Ryan Reynolds-led Green Lantern film is the only movie to have ever driven me out of the theater before the credits roll. It failed on every conceivable level, both at the box-office (it barely recouped its $200 million budget) and with critics and audiences alike. It’d make eminent sense for studio executives to throw out the concept and start from scratch. Adding Hal Jordan’s fellow Lantern Corps members John Stewart and Guy Gardener could recalibrate a dynamic that clearly malfunctioned in the first film, in addition to giving executives three big opportunities to pump fresh blood into the property.
Odds: For Batman, we clock it at 4 to 1. Directing the Batman franchise brought Christopher Nolan unprecedented recognition, praise, and creative freedom. Affleck surely understands this, and there’s no pressing reason for him to shy away from the director’s chair. For Green Lantern, we estimate the likelihood at 15 to 1. For right now, the Green Lantern brand isn’t a huge priority for DC. They’ve got their Justice League coming down the pike, and executives are still furrowing their brows over what to do with Aquaman and Wonder Woman. This could all change after DC and Warner Bros. give their big presentation at San Diego Comic-Con, but for now, it doesn’t seem urgent enough to merit immediate action from the studio.