Following news from yesterday that production for The Batman likely wouldn’t begin until 2018 due to director Matt Reeves’ commitment to War for the Planet of the Apes, it now looks like the troubled production will suffer another delay.
According to Slashfilm:
We can now report that there is more going behind-the-scenes as well. According to sources close to the production, the screenplay for The Batman is being rewritten from the ground up, so it’s entirely possible that everything we’ve heard about the film’s story will no longer be in play.
This news comes on the heels of reports from last month that indicated that the major players involved were all happy with the script, the first draft of which came courtesy of Ben Affleck, Chris Terrio, and DC Comics writer and CCO Geoff Johns.
Although things could change, it appears that the plan is to still have Batman face off against Joe Manganiello’s Deathstroke. It would be easy to assume that The Batman has “trainwreck” written all over it, but as Slashfilm’s Jacob Hall reasons, this is all likely good news, as Warner Bros. is determined to get this film right after the negative reception to their last Batman outing, 2016’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
No update has been given for the film’s release date, but it wouldn’t be surprising to see it slip into 2019 at this rate.