Holy Rewrite, Batman fans! We’ve been following all the latest developments on the DCEU’s reboot film The Batman, and we’ve been happy to share the various reports about the film’s potential plot, cast of characters and tone these past few months.
However, it looks like all these reports are ultimately for naught, as The Batman script will be undergoing a complete rewrite before it begins production.
The original script for The Batman was written by star Ben Affleck and Geoff Johns, chief creative officer at DC Comics. After finishing the script, Affleck sought additional writing help from Chris Terrio, who also penned the scripts for Affleck’s Argo as well as Batman v Superman.
Rumors about a script rewrite have circulated since this past March, once Matt Reeves officially replaced Ben Affleck as the film’s director. While Reeves has been eager to share his unique vision for this latest adaptation of the titular Dark Knight, he was noticeably silent in the face of these initial rewrite rumors.
After several weeks of this ambiguity, Reeves finally confirmed the decision to rewrite the script today as a guest on MTV’s Happy Sad Confused podcast with host Josh Horowitz:
HOROWITZ: “Are you working off of the existing [Batman] script that Ben and Geoff did?”
REEVES: “No, we’re starting – it’s a new story. It’s just starting again. I’m excited about it. I think it’s going to be really cool.”
At the same time, Reeves admitted that he has yet to start any work on The Batman. As we know, he is the director of several films in the Planet of the Apes franchise, and he just recently finished his commitment to the 2017 film War for the Planet of the Apes after three years of work.
Not only has this prior commitment stalled any plans to develop The Batman for its initial 2018 release but, as Reeves explained in the podcast, he also plans to take a short break before beginning this new daunting project.
This further pushes The Batman to a 2019 release at best, and leaves all previously reported items of interest on the film – such as Joe Manganiello’s role as Deathstroke – completely up in the air.
What do you think about this decision to rewrite The Batman script for a third time in just a few short months? Are you worried about the final product, or do you trust the combined talents of Reeves and Affleck to successfully reboot the Batman franchise?
Let us know your thoughts in the comments!
Source: Happy Sad Confused