After much talk on how far Affleck and Geoff Johns were on The Batman‘s screenplay and when exactly cameras would start rolling, late January saw Affleck announce that he was walking away from the director’s chair. “Performing this role demands focus, passion and the very best performance I can give,” Affleck has said at the time. “It has become clear that I cannot do both jobs to the level they require.”
Whispers began circling in mid-March that the Affleck and Johns-penned screenplay had been discarded, although there’s been little confirmation on the story. That is until now.
War for the Planet of the Apes helmer Matt Reeves, who was named as the new director less than two weeks after Affleck’s announcement, confirmed that this script has indeed been scrapped.
Asked during MTV’s Happy Sad Confused podcast if he was using the Affleck-Johns 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.”
And that’s that. They’re starting again, with a new plot. There’s no word as yet on when this decision took place, or, for that matter, whether Reeves played a major hand in this decision or it was the direction WB was leaning. Either way, if Affleck’s script was being pushed to the side when he was still at the helm, it’s no real surprise that he left it.
It’ll be interesting to see how The Batman develops now, considering a few factors had already come to light. Deathstroke, for example, had been confirmed as the film’s villain – with Joe Manganiello (Magic Mike, Sabotage) in the role. That could be in question now.