While it had been pretty much been reported since he took over the director’s seat, last week Matt Reeves fully confirmed that the Ben Affleck/Geoff Johns/Chris Terrio script for The Batman had been scrapped in favor of starting fresh. Now it seems he’s bringing in a familiar name to help with the process.
Reeves is reportedly bringing in War for the Planet of the Apes screenwriter Mark Bomback to tackle the film that Reeves has described as being more noir and detective style film, according to Splash Report. The pair have worked together on the last two Planet of the Ape films, as Bomback also wrote the screenplay for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.
Besides the ape focused films, Bomback also wrote 2013’s The Wolverine, 2012’s Total Recall and 2007’s Live Free or Die Hard among others.
Currently The Batman is one of a handful of projects that Warner Bros. is pursuing with no known schedule for when it might see release. Originally it was expected it would fit into a slot in 2019 and that might still be possible depending on how long the script rewrite takes & if the film gets into production be the early part of 2018.
Right now November’s Justice League and 2018’s Aquaman are the only firm entries on the DCEU schedule, with reports that Shazam! will arrive in early 2019.