Release Date: Unknown, but expected to launch in 2018 or 2019.
Director: Matt Reeves
Screenwriters(s): Formally, Ben Affleck and Geoff Johns. However, Chris Terrio has reportedly turned in a script rewrite, with rewrites from others rumored, as well. As of July 2017, Matt Reeves has revealed the aforementioned scripts are no longer in the works. The film’s script is starting from scratch.
Cast: Ben Affleck (Bruce Wayne/Batman), Jeremy Irons (Alfred Pennyworth), Joe Manganiello (Slade Wilson/Deathstroke), J.K. Simmons (Jim Gordon).
Story: For now, the plot is, thankfully, being kept under wraps. Joe Manganiello’s Slade Wilson/Deathstroke is thought to be starring as the main villain. However, that doesn’t mean other rogues won’t pop up — more on that in the section below. In the past, Ben Affleck has spoken about wanting to focus more on what makes Batman “The World’s Greatest Detective.” Apparently, his and Geoff Johns’ original script was meant to reflect such a stance. But because the screenplay is receiving rewrites, we’re left to wonder how much of their vision will remain in place.
Rumor and Speculation: Not enough space. Just kidding, we’ll make it work! Due to much of the rumors circulating before reports of rewrites, they should further be taken with a grain of salt. As early as last summer, the word was that the Batman solo would be packed with the character’s rogues. Because of this, speculation cast its eyes on the setting, which may or may not be Arkham Asylum. According to a report that soon followed, the film wasn’t being designed to take place entirely in Arkham. Although fans should still expect the Dark Knight to make a pass through Gotham’s hospital for the criminally insane.
A recent comment from Joe Manganiello has folks questioning whether or not Deathstroke will still play a part. When asked about his involvement in the film he said, “Umm. Maybe. We’ll see.” Of course, such a statement gives additional credence to reports of the script being rewritten. At this point, we can only hope the assassin still has a role, as it will mark his big screen debut and provide the live-action Batman a chance to battle a different kind of foe.
Because the script is being re-written, all of the above rumor and speculation is currently up in the air. However, one thing is for certain — Matt Reeves aims to make big screen Batman earn his World’s Greatest Detective title with an emotional, noir-driven film.