Matt Reeves claims to be dropping Ben Affleck’s script for the upcoming “Batman” movie.
In a new interview with the “Happy Sad Confused” podcast, the 51-year-old “War for the Planet of the Apes” director reveals that production will be moving forward with a new storyline for the upcoming DC Universe film.
“No, it’s a new story,” says Reeves, who will be replacing Affleck in the director’s chair, when asked if he will be using the original script written by Affleck and Geoff Johns (with a rewrite by “Justice League” screenwriter Chris Terrio). “It’s just starting again. I’m excited about it. I think it’s going to be really cool.”
While it was previously thought that Affleck would pen the script for the film in addition to playing the iconic role of Batman/Bruce Wayne, it was also alleged that “Magic Mike” star Joe Manganiello would appear as DC villain Deathstroke. However, it is now uncertain if Reeves will keep Manganiello for the role.
Meanwhile, Reeves also reveals that he initially told Warner Bros. that his involvement in the project would need to allow for his creative control. He recalls telling the studio, “I am happy not to do anything, because I accept that the people who are putting up these tremendous amounts of money have the right to do whatever they want to do with those projects.
“If they want me to get involved, though, then I have to do it in a way that I feel like I understand, or I won’t do a good job. I have to understand it emotionally.”