The rumor mills have been going nuts for the past few months about the original script for Warner Bros.‘ next Batman solo flick, The Batman starring Ben Affleck as the Caped Crusader. Like just about every other DCEU project that came before it, the idea that major rewrites were plaguing the set has run rampant, and we finally have confirmation that a rewrite is exactly what’s happening.
Matt Reeves, the director who took over helming the project after Affleck dropped out, recently spoke about the film on MTV’s Happy Sad Confused Podcast. When Josh Horowitz asked whether or not the original script was still in play, 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.”
Since the only information we knew from the original script was that the main villain… or at least one of the villains (Please stick to one and don’t fall down the Schumacher trap) was going to be Slade Wilson, A.K.A. Death stroke, played by Joe Manganiello. There haven’t been any additional rumors swirling about that Manganiello has been replaced, recast, or dropped so it’s safe to assume that he will remain in the new story. At least, for now.
With the new script beginning from scratch, it’s anyone’s guess how it will tie into the DCEU. Now that Wonder Woman has solidified itself as an actual good movie, Reeves may be taking some cues from that production. Only time will tell at this point because nobody involved is talking.
There isn’t a lot more to offer at this point. The production is keeping silent on any real details concerning the story so keep an eye on NerdBastards for any news and information about The Batman as it develops.