Yesterday it was reported that the upcoming DC Comics film The Batman, starring Ben Affleck as the Caped Crusader, was being pushed for a production kick-off in 2018. Due to Batman director Matt Reeves’ commitment to the Planet of the Apes franchise which ends in June, it makes sense for production to get pushed till 2018. However, it appears there is another major reason why production isn’t kicking off until next year.
Slash Film is reporting that The Batman’s screenplay is getting a complete rewrite. Despite recent drafts being well-received by Affleck and the studio, it seems that the team behind the film is going with a fresh start.
Will the new version of the film still include Joe Manganiello’s Deathstroke? Only time will tell, although the actor has been on the record talking about getting into Deathstroke mode for the past few months, so that might imply that he is still in the film, regardless of what the new draft will look like.
Matt Reeves’ The Batman, which stars Ben Affleck as Bruce Wayne/Batman, Joe Manganiello as Slade Wilson/Deathstroke, J.K. Simmons as Commissioner James Gordon and Jeremy Irons as Alfred Pennyworth, has yet to be given a release date.
Source: Slash Film