‘The Batman:’ Matt Reeves Has Shelved Ben Affleck’s Script

“It’s a new story. It’s just starting again. I’m excited about it. I think it’s going to be really cool,” said Reeves

Five months into the job of directing the upcoming DC film “The Batman,” Matt Reeves has set aside the original script written by Ben Affleck and Geoff Johns, and is “starting again” on a completely new take.

Speaking to Josh Horowitz on MTV’s Happy Sad Confused podcast, Reeves was asked whether or not he was going to be working from Affleck and John’s script when he confirmed development is just now starting again, “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 also reiterated earlier comments that he intends to make a film that lines up with his vision for the character.

Affleck and Johns wrote their script while the “Argo” Oscar-winner was still set to direct as well as star in “The Batman.” After Affleck stepped down as director in late January to focus on acting in the film, it was reported that Chris Terrio had turned in a rewrite based on Affleck’s and John’s original draft.

The concept envisioned by Affleck and Johns featured Deathstroke the Terminator as the main villain, and Joe Manganiello was hired to play the supervillain. Whether that’s still the case remains t be seen, and Manganiello himself recently said he isn’t sure if he’s still in “The Batman.”