The Batman is in upheaval. First Ben Affleck left the director's chair, despite having penned a script that takes "a road that no one’s really gone down that’s completely integral to who Batman is." Rumors came that he wants to stop playing the part soon. Then, in a step forward, director Matt Reeves (Cloverfield, War for the Planet of the Apes, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes) jumped on board.
Now Slashfilm has sources saying the follow-up to Batman v Superman and Justice League is being completely rewritten. "For the record, the original screenplay for The Batman was supposedly in flux last month," the site writes, "when it was initially reported that the studio was eyeing a 'fresh start.' A day later, it was reported that everyone was happy with the latest draft."
Variety reporter Justin Kroll also has some Batmobile fuel to throw on the flames:
Hearing Matt Reeves contracted to work on APES till at least end of June, so production on BATMAN likely not starting till 2018— Justin Kroll (@krolljvar) March 14, 2017
Also means any casting rumors you hear are likely BS seeing that he wouldn't have time to meet with any talent till at least July— Justin Kroll (@krolljvar) March 14, 2017
That makes it seem unlikely Reeves would get involved with The Batman's script, but if he does, he's got co-writing experience via his first film, 1996's The Pallbearer, as well as Let Me In and War for the Planet of the Apes. “He is such an iconic and compelling character, and one that resonates with me deeply," Reeves said in the announcement that he had signed on.
The early info on Affleck's script came from Joe Manganiello (Magic Mike XXL), who is (or was?) set to play the supervillain Deathstroke. He called it "a fresh take" that's "refreshing but at the same time completely familiar," and something "a lot of people are going to be really happy about.”
On Tuesday, Affleck spoke candidly about getting treatment for alcohol addiction.
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