We have known for quite some time that writer/director Matt Reeves would be penning and directing Warner Bros next Batman movie and that it will be titled The Batman. Reeves took over the project after Batman star Ben Affleck stepped away from directing the movie and Reeves wanted to pen a whole new script, completely doing away with Ben Affleck’s version.
However, this was some time ago and since then we have not heard much of any progress other than the continuous rumors that Ben Affleck will not reprise his role as Batman in the movie. Now Umberto Gonzalez has responded to a fan on Twitter to say that the first draft of the script is finished and has been submitted to Warner Bros. Obviously being unaware of his sources for this information, I will mark this firmly in the rumor category for now. However, it’s hardly a bold claim and I would be expecting a completed script around now anyway, so chances are this info is correct. Here is the tweet in question.
The first draft of the script finally went into the studio! https://t.co/QT2WHb9g5Y
— Umberto Gonzalez (@elmayimbe) September 14, 2018
Now whether this will prompt a swift decision on the future of Ben Affleck as Batman is unknown. However, in another piece I wrote yesterday I did predict we would find out Affleck is out as Batman within 2018, you can check that out in the related section below.
I have a feeling that WB would not be looking to make an announcement regarding this until Ben Affleck is out of rehab. Frankly, it seems like a bit of a dick move to announce he is no longer Batman while the actor is struggling with his own personal demon’s related to alcohol abuse. However, I have been wrong about this kind of thing before, so who knows?
It seems certain that Matt Reeves wants a younger actor to play Bruce Wayne, but who that will be and when we will find out is all up on the air. A bit like the DCEU as a whole right now.
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SOURCE: Umberto Gonzalez (via Twitter)