Despite rumours circulating online that DC Studios have identified who they want to play Batman in the new DC Universe, James Gunn has denied the reports.
The new Batman movie, titled The Brave and the Bold, will feature the live-action debut of Damien Wayne, Batman's son who is initially introduced as a villain but eventually becomes Robin. In this Caped Crusader story, Bruce Wayne had a child with Talia al Ghul whom he was not told about for years.
It is set to be part of the new DC Universe which will be overseen by Gunn and is a separate entity from Matt Reeves' The Batman series, with The Batman: Part II set to be released in 2025.
Robert Pattinson plays Bruce in The Batman, but he will not reprise the role for The Brave and the Bold, which has led to speculation as to who might don the cowl.
Gunn was quick to shut down rumours that Batman had been cast - as the script isn't even finished yet!
"I don't know what you're talking about but we don't even have a script, and there's a strike happening, so no, no casting," the DC Executive wrote on social media, replying to a fan enquiry.
One actor who has already thrown his name into the mix is Jensen Ackles of Supernatural and The Boys fame.
Even though casting is some way away, he wants to be considered to play Bruce.
"Uh, I don't know. Even if I knew, I wouldn't tell you," he said in Italy earlier this year.
"I mean, could I do it? Sure. Would I want to do it? Yes.
"Look, right now nobody's talking about anything. There's a strike going on in the entertainment industry, and until that gets solved, nobody is having conversations about anything. Would I entertain the idea of playing my favourite superhero of all time? I would love it. Sign me up."
Andy Muschietti will direct The Brave and the Bold
Even though The Flash has received mixed reviews and was a major box office disappointment, Gunn and fellow Warner Bros. executive Peter Safran have already confirmed that Amdy Muschietti will helm the new Batman movie.
The pair recently released a statement which read:
"We saw The Flash even before taking the reins at DC Studios, and knew we were in the hands of not only a visionary director but a massive DC fan.
"It’s a magnificent film – funny, emotional, thrilling – and Andy’s affinity and passion for these characters and this world just resonates through every frame. So, when it came time to find a director for The Brave and the Bold, there was really only one choice.
"Luckily, Andy said yes. ... We couldn’t have better or more inspiring partners as we embark on this thrilling new adventure in the DCU."