When the Dark Knight rises in his next standalone film, it won’t be with Ben Affleck’s screenplay.
Director Matt Reeves, who replaced Affleck as director of the upcoming Batman project, said in a recent interview that he’s scrapped the script written by Affleck and DC’s Geoff Johns.
During an appearance on MTV’s Happy Sad Confused podcast, Reeves was asked if he would be using Affleck’s script. He replied, “No, it’s a new story. It’s just starting again. I’m excited about it. I think it’s going to be really cool.”
Reeves — whose War for the Planet of the Apes arrives in theaters on Friday — didn’t share details on his script, but the filmmaker has previously discussed a “noir-driven” take on the Caped Crusader.
Affleck had been slated to both direct and star in the film but stepped away from directing duties in January citing the demands of handling both jobs. A month later, Warner Bros. announced Reeves would take over those behind-the-camera duties. In a statement released at that time, Reeves said, “I have loved the Batman story since I was a child. He is such an iconic and compelling character, and one that resonates with me deeply. I am incredibly honored and excited to be working with Warner Bros. to bring an epic and emotional new take on the Caped Crusader to the big screen.”
Batman will be seen next on the big screen as part of Justice League, which opens in November. Ahead of that, Affleck and his costars from the film are due to appear at San Diego Comic-Con next week, during Warner Bros.’ panel in Hall H.
You can listen to Reeves’ Happy Sad Confused interview here (the Batman comments begin at the 30-minute mark).