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Matt Reeves Will Ditch Ben Affleck’s ‘The Batman’ Script and Start Over

Ben Affleck as Batman (Warner Bros.)
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Rough day to be Ben Affleck, the kind of day that makes you just wanna get away from it all by sneaking into your car and having a quick sad-vape. His performance as Batman is off to a rocky start, and to add insult to injury, he’s no longer directing the upcoming solo film The Batman. Now, even more insult has been added to that injury, as replacement director Matt Reeves has begun to clean house and get himself comfy in a new franchise.

The neo-Planet of the Apes helmer has decided that the first step to putting his personal stamp on The Batman will be ditching the script previously written by Affleck and starting from square one. The Hollywood Reporter notes a surprising quote from Reeves’ recent appearance on the Happy Sad Confused podcast in which the director announced that he’d toss Affleck’s draft co-written with Argo writer Chris Terrio and DC’s Geoff Johns right into the garbage and come up with something of his own. His actual quote was somewhat more diplomatic, as the director explained, “…it’s a new story. It’s just starting again. I’m excited about it. I think it’s going to be really cool.” I wonder if Affleck is excited about it, and agrees that it will be really cool.

Sudden, unexplained personnel change-ups have already hinted at a production marred by discord, and I can’t imagine that this new development will set Reeves and Affleck up for a smooth shoot. If things continue on like this, the new Batman film’s journey to theaters could make Suicide Squad’s behind-the-scenes antics look like a day at the Gotham City Park.

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