As was previously suspected, new director Matt Reeves will not be using the script that star and former director Ben Affleck wrote for Warner Bros. The Batman.
While promoting his new film War For the Planet of the Apes, Reeves spoke with MTV’s Happy Sad Confused podcast and confirmed (around 31:00 mark) that the original script has been scrapped and they have started from scratch.
““No, it’s a new story. It’s just starting again,” Reeves said. “I’m excited about it. I think it’s going to be really cool.”
The previous script was written by Affleck and DC Films President Geoff Johns, with Chris Terrio adding to the script as well, and included Deathstroke as the main antagonist of the film. Warner Bros. even hired Joe Manganiello to play the role and Affleck footage of the tests being done with the Deathstroke costume.
Affleck’s departure as director came as the actor spoke about having a hard time juggling directing and writing a script that he felt would be worthy for the character. There were also reports at the time that Affleck didn’t want to commit to any kind of release timeline for the film, wanting to be happy with the script, while Warner Bros. wanted to try to nail down release dates.
Reeves starting fresh with the script, with him reportedly wanting to approach the film as a noir style project, it’s unclear where that will leave Manganiello as there is no word if Deathstroke will remain in this new version of the film.
More information about the film could possibly arrive next week as Affleck and his Justice League co-stars will be appearing at a panel in Hall H during San Diego Comic Con.