The Batman Director Matt Reeves Says He’s Starting Over from Scratch
When The Batman was first announced, the latest actor to don the cape and cowl, Ben Affleck, was set to co-write (with DC’s Geoff Johns), star, and direct the film. Back in January, Affleck stepped down as The Batman director because he said he wanted to hone in on only his performance of the caped crusader. Since then, Director Matt Reeves has stepped in to helm the film, and now it seems that even Batfleck’s script is getting tossed and they are starting over from scratch.
Now that Reeves has finished his obligations with War for the Planet of the Apes, it’s time for him to focus his attention on bringing yet another Batman film to theaters. The director was recently on MTV’s podcast Happy Sad Confused where he talked a little about the upcoming film. Shying away from details, The Batman Director Reeves did mention that his plans for the new movie will stray away from the screenplay that Johns and Affleck had previously written. When asked if he would be using anything from the previously written script, Reeves replied, “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.”
In the Johns/Affleck script, DC Comics fan-favorite Deathstroke was announced as a villain in the film. Actor Joe Manganiello was cast to play the mercenary, but it was never confirmed whether or not he would be the main villain of the movie. With a full re-write of the script, Manganiello’s Deathstroke may not even make it into the film. Reeves was asked if had started with casting for the future Bat-film, in which he answered, “No, no, no. The whole thing is just… Truly, I’ve not been doing anything other than working on Planet for the Apes.”
The Batman director then went on to explain that when Warner Bros. approached him to direct the film, he informed them that he wouldn’t start on anything until after he was finished with his Planet of the Apes project, since he had already dedicated three years to its production. Now that he has finished with that project, it’s time to focus on bringing the Dark Knight back to the big screen in a solo outing.
Fans of Batman are becoming quite concerned for the future of the movie. With so many changes, it’s hard to not be concerned. Let’s hope that Reeves has an incredible vision for the future of Gotham’s protector. No official date has been set for The Batman, but you can catch Batfleck in Justice League on November 17.
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