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UPDATE: Report hints big solo Batman rewrites; Matt Reeves lead to direct

02.09.2017

UPDATE: Variety reporter Justin Kroll was asked if there was any truth to the rewrite report, and his reponse was...

The solo BATMAN movie starring Ben Affleck is coming, that much we know. Affleck is no longer directing, which came as a huge shock, and as a result DC is looking for a new talent to bring the Dark Knight some justice. At the same time, word is the script is being retooled, which is to be expected but is nonetheless attention grabbing. A lengthy piece from Forbes has gone into the issue, saying that script is indeed being reworked, practically from scratch, and that there is one name the studio is indeed heavily interested in getting to direct their film:

…sources confirm the script originally penned by Affleck and Geoff Johns was rewritten by scribe Chris Terrio (whose Argo screenplay won an Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay, and who did a page-one rewrite on Batman v Superman), but the project will undergo substantial changes and possible/probably another full rewrite. Warner Bros. is already speaking to several filmmakers about taking over in the director's chair -- including one of my personal longtime favorites to direct a Batman movie, Matt Reeves, who seems to be the frontrunner -- and word is the project will essentially get a fresh start once a new creative team has been put together.

Yes, the DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES (and this year's WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES) director is a name that has been floating around the BATMAN director’s chair, and is clearly one Warner Bros. is keen on nabbing. As for the movie’s villain we already know Deathstroke (Joe Manganiello) will play a key role, but the report states that The Joker (Jared Leto) also had a major part to play:

The story for The Batman originally included the assassin Deathstroke as a main villain, with Joe Manganiello cast in the role, as well as a few other likely villainous appearances by characters including the Joker, according to sources familiar with the project.

Leto has spoken out against all the scenes of his Joker that were cut from SUICIDE SQUAD, leading many to wonder if he would even return the role. But that kind of talk has dies down, even though we have no idea when and where the character will return.

Although much of this may be hard to prove as 100% legit, it would make sense given Affleck’s dropping out as director. Scripts often go through many changes and alterations, and given the shake-ups a fresh start may be what this movie needs. Plus a new director may want to go in another direction than Affleck would have, so now the studio has more time tinker with it to make it seem more appealing to fresh eyes, if that is indeed what is happening behind the scenes. Whatever they’re doing to make this a great movie, I’m down. Affleck hit the nail on the head saying he basically doesn’t want to half-ass two jobs, and if they have time to play with the script and story have at it. I’m also cool with a little less of Leto’s Joker…as I’m sure most folks are.

The BATMAN movie is aiming for a 2019 release.

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Source: Forbes

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3:18PM on 02/09/2017
I'll be disappointed if Affleck ends up leaving the Batman role. I thought he looked the part and did what he could inside such a garbled film. WELL, if we're recasting Batman then let's have tough guy Antony Starr do it. Seen Banshee? I don't know that he fits the Batman mold, but he's just so hard ass in Banshee, why not give him a shot?
I'll be disappointed if Affleck ends up leaving the Batman role. I thought he looked the part and did what he could inside such a garbled film. WELL, if we're recasting Batman then let's have tough guy Antony Starr do it. Seen Banshee? I don't know that he fits the Batman mold, but he's just so hard ass in Banshee, why not give him a shot?
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2:55PM on 02/09/2017
Reeves should be a fine choice for the directors chair.

As to plot and characters, I'd be happy to have more Joker. Looking at the primary villains of the DCEU so far, I'd take a Leto Joker (which was at least recognisable) then an Eisenberg Lex (which, in my book was only Lex in name) and it'll be interesting to see if new writers keep Maganiello as Deathstroke.

What I'd really like - top of my wish list - is The Riddler. You could get a proper psychological effort going - I was
Reeves should be a fine choice for the directors chair.

As to plot and characters, I'd be happy to have more Joker. Looking at the primary villains of the DCEU so far, I'd take a Leto Joker (which was at least recognisable) then an Eisenberg Lex (which, in my book was only Lex in name) and it'll be interesting to see if new writers keep Maganiello as Deathstroke.

What I'd really like - top of my wish list - is The Riddler. You could get a proper psychological effort going - I was disappointed when Nolan skipped out on the character.

I'd also really love Nightwing, if only a character.
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1:52PM on 02/09/2017
Reeves should be a good choice, but with his work on Apes thought he would be great for The Flash; then he could bring in Gorilla Grodd with Andy Serkis as Mo-cap although he may want to be done with playing intelligent primates.
Reeves should be a good choice, but with his work on Apes thought he would be great for The Flash; then he could bring in Gorilla Grodd with Andy Serkis as Mo-cap although he may want to be done with playing intelligent primates.
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12:51PM on 02/09/2017
This is good. Not only is Reeves awesome, but I think Affleck was burnt after the relative failure of Live by Night. What worried me was that he repeatedly stated that he would only direct if the script was good. Rumors leaked about the script being pretty 'meh', so the re-writes, I'm thinking, are a good thing. The Planet of the Ape series has been the best series of stories in big budget action movies since TDK trilogy.
This is good. Not only is Reeves awesome, but I think Affleck was burnt after the relative failure of Live by Night. What worried me was that he repeatedly stated that he would only direct if the script was good. Rumors leaked about the script being pretty 'meh', so the re-writes, I'm thinking, are a good thing. The Planet of the Ape series has been the best series of stories in big budget action movies since TDK trilogy.
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1:56PM on 02/09/2017
Yeah that makes a lot of sense, he couldn't get a good grip on the script so stepped aside. He did say it would be ready when it was ready and didn't want to rush it. If Live by Night is any indication, Affleck's strength isn't script writing.
Yeah that makes a lot of sense, he couldn't get a good grip on the script so stepped aside. He did say it would be ready when it was ready and didn't want to rush it. If Live by Night is any indication, Affleck's strength isn't script writing.
12:06PM on 02/09/2017

If true...

The fallout from Live by Night continues.
The fallout from Live by Night continues.
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11:56AM on 02/09/2017
Reeves! Batfleck! Deathstroke! and The Joker, sure, I want to see Leto more but with a decent script. Works for me right now.
Reeves! Batfleck! Deathstroke! and The Joker, sure, I want to see Leto more but with a decent script. Works for me right now.
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11:05AM on 02/09/2017
As long as they keep having Batman appear in other DC films throughout, I don't mind waiting longer for his solo film. Since the unfortunate news of Affleck stepping down from directing duties, the only director I would like to see direct is Gavin O'Connor, but Matt Reeves is solid and would be a very safe, and quality wise director for The Batman in terms of popularity and relevancy. And who knows, maybe Affleck could eventually direct a Batman sequel down the line when the DCEU is a little
As long as they keep having Batman appear in other DC films throughout, I don't mind waiting longer for his solo film. Since the unfortunate news of Affleck stepping down from directing duties, the only director I would like to see direct is Gavin O'Connor, but Matt Reeves is solid and would be a very safe, and quality wise director for The Batman in terms of popularity and relevancy. And who knows, maybe Affleck could eventually direct a Batman sequel down the line when the DCEU is a little bit more established in terms of its story and characters.
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10:42AM on 02/09/2017
I'm ok with the rewrites and slow process for this one. I'd rather they get it right and we don't really need another Batman movie right away - especially with Justice League and (presumably) cameos in the other DECU films. I'd rather they focus on getting Aquaman and Flash here first and in good shape.
I'm ok with the rewrites and slow process for this one. I'd rather they get it right and we don't really need another Batman movie right away - especially with Justice League and (presumably) cameos in the other DECU films. I'd rather they focus on getting Aquaman and Flash here first and in good shape.
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10:42AM on 02/09/2017

Reeves !

Reeves has a consistently good filmography and is able to balance darker themes on a large scale while retaining their entertainment value. Let the Right One In is severely underrated and War of the Planet of the Apes looks great, so I hope this pans out.
Reeves has a consistently good filmography and is able to balance darker themes on a large scale while retaining their entertainment value. Let the Right One In is severely underrated and War of the Planet of the Apes looks great, so I hope this pans out.
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10:40AM on 02/09/2017

Reeves is my first choice

It's like they read my mind. I hope Reeves gets the gig. He's good with character and spectacle in equal measure.
I think people are using the fact Affleck dropping the director job as another reason to hate on the DCEU. I for think it's a blessing in disguise. The guy probably knows the film would be better served if he wasn't spread so thin creatively.
It's like they read my mind. I hope Reeves gets the gig. He's good with character and spectacle in equal measure.
I think people are using the fact Affleck dropping the director job as another reason to hate on the DCEU. I for think it's a blessing in disguise. The guy probably knows the film would be better served if he wasn't spread so thin creatively.
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