New THE BATMAN Director Abandons AFFLECK/JOHNS Script For 'New Story'

Photo from "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" set
Credit: Clay Enos (Warner Bros.)

The Batman director Matt Reeves won't be using the original script that star/former director Ben Affleck and DC Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns originally penned for the movie. In an interview on MTV's Happy Sad Confused podcast (beginning around the 31:00 mark), Reeves was asked about the script and revealed the change-up.

"No, it’s a new story. It’s just starting again," said Reeves.. "And it's going to be... I’m excited about it. I think it’s going to be really cool."

Affleck and Johns' original script (co-written with Chris Terrio) included Deathstroke as the primary antagonist, leading Warner Bros. to hire Joe Manganiello for the role. It is unknown if that character (and the casting) will carry over to Reeves' version of the film or who will be writing the new script, but the director previously hinted at a noir approach to The Batman.

"In all of [my] films, what I try to do, in an almost Hitchcockian sense, is use the camera and use the storytelling so that you become that character, and you emphasize with that point of view," said Reeves. "There’s a chance to do an almost noir-driven detective version of Batman that is point-of-view driven in a very, very powerful way, that will hopefully connect you to what’s going on inside of his head and inside of his heart."

Reeves' new film War for the Planet of the Apes opens this weekend.

Affleck is scheduled to appear with his Justice League co-stars at Warner Bros.'s Hall H panel next weekend for Comic-Con International: San Diego.

The Batman has not been scheduled for theatrical release.

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