Just when we thought that the DCEU had begun to straighten itself out with some promising news it seems another spanner has been thrown in the works, but this one might not be such a bad thing. After some back-and-forth over the director’s chair, it was announced last month that acclaimed director Matt Reeves was indeed taking over from Ben Affleck for the standalone The Batman and following that news it seems Reeves and co are set for a bit of restructuring.
Slashfilm are reporting that The Batman may be about to undergo a rewrite “from the ground up” which while on the face of it may be another knock-back in the so far disappointing rebooted “universe”, it actually makes sense. Reeves, who helped bring Cloverfield and the two Planet of the Apes sequels to the screen, has spoken of his love of the character and seems that he wants to give the project his own spin and work with Affleck and Geoff Johns to shape the film.
Indeed with the delays so far with the film after Affleck’s departure, the film could benefit from the extra time to reshape the film in Reeves’ vision and give us the best possible Batman film. How it will affect the project as it stands in terms of casting shouldn’t be affected too much, and Jeremy Irons (Alfred) and J.K. Simmons (Commissioner Gordon) should still be involved. Joe Manganiello’s Deathstroke could be a potential change if Reeves wants to mix up the villains involved but we may not know for sure for a while just yet.
The Batman has no official release date just yet, but the Dark Knight’s next appearance in is part of Zack Snyder’s Justice League, which opens on November 15th.