A new report suggests the next draft for Matt Reeves’ The Batman will be submitted before the end of the year. While Ben Affleck’s portrayal of Bruce Wayne/Batman has been generally well received in the DCEU, the movies themselves haven’t been so well regarded. His debut in Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice was met with critical scorn, with common complaints revolving around the movie’s dour tone and unintentionally funny moments like the now infamous "Martha" scene.
Unfortunately Justice League suffered mixed-to-negative reviews as well, with the movie being lambasted for its weak story, bad CGI and the awkward clash of tones between original helmer Zack Snyder and his replacement Joss Whedon. Affleck also made a brief appearance in 2016’s Suicide Squad, but his future in the role has been in question for some time. Conflicting reports have had him leaving and staying at different points with no official announcement being made either way.
Affleck was also set to write and direct The Batman before he stepped aside and was replaced by Matt Reeves. Reports suggest Reeves’ concept for the movie will be an origin tale focusing on the early days of Affleck’s Batman, with a younger actor stepping into the role. Warner Bros is said to be very keen on Reeves’ script, and now a report by Umberto Gonzalez suggests the next draft is almost complete.
BATMAN UPDATE: Matt Reeves script rewrite is due before the end of the year. pic.twitter.com/9DUrFxFWSq— Umberto Gonzalez (@elmayimbe) December 11, 2018
Reeves has shown with both Cloverfield and War For The Planet Of The Apes that he knows how to handle character-based blockbusters. Reeves is keen to focus on the detective side of Batman, which hasn’t really been explored in past movies. If reports of The Batman focusing on a younger version of Bruce Wayne are true, there’s still wiggle room for Affleck to make some kind of cameo appearance - should he wish to continue with the franchise.
Rumors suggest The Batman could be eyeing a summer 2019 production start date, so the status of the project should be clarified sometime in early 2019. It’s an encouraging sign that the studio is really taking the time to develop a script for the movie, and taking on board the criticisms leveled at previous DC projects that were rushed into development.
Source: Umberto Gonzalez
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