During the promotion of War for the Planet of the Apes, Matt Reeves has revealed more from his plans for the upcoming DCEU Batman film. They include starting from scratch and dropping the current Batman script that was worked on by Ben Affleck, Chris Terrio and DC’s Geoff Johns. Instead, The Batman will be an entirely new story.
Reeves, who stepped into replace Batman star Ben Affleck as director and writer on the project, has decided to do something different. We’ve already heard him describe the film as “almost noir-driven, detective version of Batman.”
During a recent Happy Sad Confused podcast interview, the filmmaker talked about the Batman film. When asked if he would be working with Affleck’s script, Reeves replied:
“No, it’s a new story. It’s just starting again. I’m excited about it. I think it’s going to be really cool.”
This may come as surprising news to fans who already had their hearts set on a film set in Arkham Asylum with Joe Manganiello’s Deathstroke as the villain.
MTV’s Josh Horowitz also brought up Josh Gad’s on-going teases about playing the Penguin in upcoming films. Reeves shot down those rumours too:
“No, no, no. The whole thing is just; Truly, I’ve not been doing anything other than working on Planet for the Apes.”
It seems Batman has a clean slate. Anything and everything is possible moving forward. That said, if the Planet Of The Apes franchise is anything to go by, The Dark Knight is safe in the hands of Matt Reeves.