Warner Bros. and the DCCU continue to double down on their choice of talent with Academy Award winning scribe Chris Terrio reportedly completing the most recent draft of The Batman. The film, which Ben Affleck stepped down as director from earlier this week but will still star in, has no official release date or clear explanation as to how the solo Bat-Film will fit into the larger Cinematic Universe.
The current front-runners to replace Affleck as director include Matt Ross whose recent indie flick Captain Fantastic nabbed a Best Actor Oscar nod for star Viggo Mortenson and Matt Reeves, director of Cloverfield and the critically as well as commercially successful Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and the upcoming War for the Planet of the Apes. The good news is that although Terrio’s track record in the DC film universe will be under intense scrutiny after the fallout from Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice the original draft of The Batman was penned by Affleck, himself a recipient of an Academy Award for writing, and prolific DC comics writer Geoff Johns who has been contributing to the largely celebrated and popular small screen Arrowverse since 2012.
If Terrio can expand upon the material and integrate it into the upcoming Justice League film, releasing November 17th of this year, there is hope that DC can recover from its rocky start. No official cast has been confirmed for the film besides Ben Affleck but it’s likely that Jeremy Irons will be returning as the more grizzled, crime-fighting butler Alfred as well as J.K. Simmons as Commissioner Gordon, both being integral characters to the Batman mythos. Also set to appear is Joe Manganiello, as Slade Wilson, the alter ego of DC baddie Deathstroke. No word yet on whether or not the villain’s mother will also, in fact, be named Martha.