Ben Affleck’s ‘The Batman’ script has been tossed out for a new one

In the latest incident of Ben Affleck getting publicly trashed, director Matt Reeves has just revealed that he’s thrown out Affleck’s script for The Batman.

Appearing on MTV’s Happy Sad Confused podcast, Reeves, who took over The Batman directing duties early this year, was asked whether he’d be working from the script Affleck, Argo‘s Chris Terrio, and DC overseer Geoff Johns had already written.

“No, it’s a new story,” he replied. “It’s just starting again. I’m excited about it. I think it’s going to be really cool.”

While Affleck’s script saw Batman facing off against the physicality of the hero’s well-matched peer, Deathstroke, Reeves has teased that his take would be more a “Hitchcockian … detective version of Batman.” That, coupled with Josh Gad’s not-so-coy hints that he’s playing the Penguin, could mean that Deathstroke is now out altogether (despite Joe Manganiello already screen-testing the villain’s costume). Also, sorry Ben, but Batman is probably going to have to drop his Sox cowl.

  • adam3w

    If that’s the direction they’re going in, they could do worse than attempting a Red Hood storyline. They already established that the Joker killed a Robin in the DCEU.

    • I mean, “established” as suggested in a single shot. But I guess that’s about as fleshed out as the rest of that trash world.

      • HalSolo

        Hope is still alive for a Ladyriddler in this grim ‘n gritty universe. What’s newer and cooler than that would be?

      • adam3w

        How about they lean into it, and make the next movie “Batman: Trash World?” They could turn the grittiness all the way to 11. The villain could be Professor Pyg.

    • HalSolo

      Personally, I want a giant penny. But like, a super gritty and grim penny that kills SO many people when it rolls down Gotham streets.

  • Jeremy Tilton

    Definitely want the more “noir detective” vision. That is the batman we really don’t ever see on the screen.

    That or give Schumacher another go. Third time’s a charm!

  • Kellen Powell

    I will not see a Batman movie, or any movie, with Josh Gad in it.