Someone call the Gotham Gazette! The saga of the solo #Batman movie rumbles on with fresh rumors about the state of the movie's script in the wake of Ben Affleck's departure as director. (Spoilers: It's going straight into the shredder!)
The well-informed Mark Hughes of Forbes has given an update on the situation by stating the following with regards to the much-discussed script of The Batman:
"I'm hearing anything from 'major rewrites' to 'a completely new script,' including starting from scratch on the story if that's what it takes."
In truth, that's not only expected when a movie switches directors — any director worth his or her salt would want to have a hand in the story and make sure the script matched their own vision — but also undeniably a positive sign. It's been well over a year since we first heard that Affleck was working on a script with Geoff Johns (and later Chris Terrio), and the writers' inability to produce something strong enough for shooting to begin suggests that the best method is simply to start again.
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It might not be such good news for Jared Leto or Joe Manganiello, though — we learned this week that The Joker was part of Affleck's script, in addition both to Deathstroke and various other members of the Bat's rogues gallery. If the story does get a complete reset from the new director (War For The Planet Of The Apes helmer Matt Reeves is the frontrunner), there's every chance his vision of a Batman movie won't involve The #Joker or Deathstroke.
Would that really be the worst thing in the world? Personally, I can take or leave Deathstroke, but I'd be pretty thrilled to learn that Jared Leto and the #DCEU are ready to go their separate ways. The last thing this Batman movie needs is another bizarre demonstration of deep method acting from somebody who doesn't seem to have a clue what actually makes The Joker the demented sociopath he is.
Expect more updates soon, although for the sake of the DCEU it really would be best if Warner Bros. took their time with this movie. Check out the War For The Planet Of The Apes trailer below for a taste of what Matt Reeves is capable of.
The fantastic Batman header art was made by Serg Acuña on Behance.
Would you be okay with 'The Batman' binning off The Joker and Deathstroke, and who's your dream choice of director?