Whatever Batman movie Ben Affleck had planned is being completely re-written. According to a new report from Forbes, once Warner Bros. brings on a new director—Matt Reeves is reportedly the frontrunner—that person will then have to write a new script. So, all that work Affleck and writing partner Geoff Johns put in was apparently for naught.
That’s a huge bummer, because Affleck has proven he’s a talented writer and director. But the move also makes sense. Whoever winds up being in charge of the project will get full creative control (along with a team), so it’s easy to see why they’d essentially want to begin from scratch.
Recently, Affleck said he wouldn’t be able to handle the demands of writing and directing the Batman movie, though he remains committed to starring as the Dark Knight.
“Together with the studio, I have decided to find a partner in a director who will collaborate with me on this massive film,” Affleck recently said. “I am still in this, and we are making it, but we are currently looking for a director. I remain extremely committed to this project, and look forward to bringing this to life for fans around the world.”
Will it still feature Deathstroke?
Now that the movie is undergoing a complete re-write, does that mean Joe Manganiello’s Deathstroke won’t be featured? He was confirmed for the role last year but a lot has seemingly changed since then. With a new director coming aboard, his role could be in jeopardy.
Whatever happens, Forbes claims the Batman movie won’t even be out until 2019, which means there’s plenty of time for re-writes and re-casts. Fans will have the opportunity to see Affleck play Batman in this year’s Justice League.