Following today’s news that the DC Extended Universe will work to transition from Ben Affleck as Batman to another actor in the role, a new rumor has surfaced suggesting that The Batman director Matt Reeves has brought in a new writer to help him pen the screenplay for the forthcoming film.
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According to Splash Report, Reeves will bring in his frequent collaborator, Mark Bomback (War for the Planet of the Apes), to pen the new script. The news comes after Reeves revealed that he’d be starting from scratch on the film, choosing not to use the script that had been previously penned by Ben Affleck, Chris Terrio and DC Entertainment CCO Geoff Johns.
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Given Reeves’ working relationship with Bomback, it would make sense for the two to team-up on The Batman as they’ve worked the last two Planet of the Apes films together — films that have been a hit both critically and financially. However, while entirely probable, this report should be treated as a rumor for the time being. With Warner Bros. set to take over Hall H tomorrow following today’s big Batman news, we can only hope they’ll provide an official update regarding The Batman and, hopefully, Affleck’s future as the Caped Crusader.
Affleck, who is expected to be on hand at San Diego Comic-Con for tomorrow’s Hall H panel, will next portray the Dark Knight in WB’s Justice League, which hits theaters on November 17, 2017. The Batman does not have an official release date at this time, although a 2019 release seems likely.