Matt Reeves has revealed that he’s not working with the previous script for The Batman written by DC’s Geoff Johns and Ben Affleck, opting for a new story instead.
Asked on MTV’s Happy Sad Confused podcast if he was going to use the script originally put together by Johns and Affleck for the movie, Reeves replies, “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.”
That’s about all Reeves had to say on the matter, explaining that despite signing onto direct The Batman after Ben Affleck stepped down from the director’s chair (he’s still set to star), he’s been focused primarily on War for the Planet of the Apes and has nothing more to report on The Batman’s status at this time.
“Truly, I have not been doing anything but working on Planet of the Apes,” Reeves said. “We are just starting [on The Batman] so there’s really nothing to say about anything.”
This isn’t the first time The Batman has gone through a rewrite, as Johns and Affleck’s original script ended up being rewritten by Justice League scribe Chris Terrio, who previously worked with Affleck on Argo. Prior drafts of the script had Joe Manganiello attached to play Slade Wilson/Deathstroke, but it’s unclear if Reeves’ new story will still include the villain or not (and last time we heard, Manganiello isn’t really sure if he is either)
As far as we know, The Batman is still slated for a late 2018 release. In the meantime, check out Reeves’ very good War for the Planet of the Apes, which opens in theaters this week.