In the least surprising and most obvious news of the day, Matt Reeves will re-write The Batman script. While promoting War For The Planet Of The Apes, director Matt Reeves revealed that he will not use Ben Affleck’s script for The Batman. Reeves stepped in to direct the solo Batman movie when Affleck stepped down in January.
While appearing on MTV’s Happy Sad Confused podcast, Reeves was asked if he would be using the script that Affleck, Geoff Johns and Chris Terrio had worked on. See what he had to say below:
“No, it’s a new story. It’s just starting again. I’m excited about it. I think it’s going to be really cool.”
It’s not surprising to hear that Reeves will not be using Affleck’s script, after all the director is known for writing his own projects, and that’s worked pretty well so far. Reeves also stated recently that Warner Bros. will let him make the movie he wants to make, which will likely include a new script, new storyline, and new characters. Of course, this brings into question the casting of Joe Manganiello as Deathstroke. The actor was expected to play the villain in Affleck’s solo Batman movie, but with Reeves writing a new script, it is unknown if Manganiello is still involved.
Personally, I’m excited to see what Matt Reeves will bring to The Batman. With his previous movies, including War For The Planet Of The Apes the director has more than proven his talents as a writer and filmmaker. Remember, this doesn’t mean that Affleck’s script was bad, it just means that Reeves has a different vision for the movie or perhaps the direction Warner Bros. is taking the franchise has changed.