Matt Reeves’ Dawn of the Planet of the Apes opens soon, but folks can’t stop talking Batman. So far, the director hasn’t shied away from answering questions. This time, he’s divulged a bit of information that’s been keeping the rumor mill busy for months. The Dark Knight’s next solo film is indeed being rewritten from scratch. Therefore, it seems the Ben Affleck and Geoff Johns script, as well as the reported rewrite from Argo’s Chris Terrio are currently out the window.
Appearing on the MTV’s Happy Sad Confused podcast (via Batman-News), Reeves told the host, Josh Horowitz, the Affleck/Johns script won’t be in use. “It’s a new story,” the director shared. “It’s just starting again. I’m excited about it. I think it’s going to be really cool.” As is now common, Reeves’ excitement is a thing of note. He’s explained in previous interviews that he’s aiming for an emotional story. And his ambitions don’t stop there, since he has a noir, detective-driven vision in his sights. It all sounds incredible, but there’s just one question in need of asking — What does this mean for Joe Manganiello’s casting as Deathstroke?
As soon as news hit of Manganiello’s involvement, fans far and wide went wild with anticipation. The actor quickly began teasing his role, posting images of his research into the character’s lore. It would be unfortunate if all the hype was turned on its head, and Manganiello and Deathstroke didn’t make the final cut.
Reeves’ statement regarding the script will also officially put to bed rumors suggesting the film would be packed with villains. It is probably safe to say the same for speculation that placed Arkham somewhere in the solo. However, all of the above is still very much possible. A do-over doesn’t negate previous ideas.
The Caped Crusader’s next standalone is probably a couple of years off. But the Batman is hitting the big screen later this year in Justice League on November 17.
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