When Ben Affleck came out last month to announce his departure from the director’s chair of the solo “Batman” movie, it came as a major disappointment to many, but a surprise to few. The guy had been letting slip his frustration in recent months about problems over the script. Looks like it was just too insurmountable a problem that he had to drop out. (For now) Affleck’s still producing and starring. But whatever work he put into the script seems likely to go to waste. At least for the most part.
Forbes magazine scored a big scoop, revealing that the script is going to receive a major overhaul. Now, this is not a 100% confirmed, and Warner Bros are in full damage control mode so we’re not going to get any verification from them on the following claims, but it does sound consistent with whatever we’ve been hearing of the project thus far.
According to Forbes: “How extensive the process will be — I’m hearing anything from “major rewrites” to “a completely new script,” including starting from scratch on the story if that’s what it takes — is unclear, not just to us but probably to those involved as well, since the new filmmaker might look at the story and script and decide there’s plenty to salvage that appeals to them. Once the director is in place, more will become clear, but for now Warner Bros. is suffering far more negative perceptions than they need to, simply because of the attempt to slow and control the spread of information.”
Ouch. If this is indeed true, the studio is in serious trouble. Affleck is a very solid filmmaker with strong clout in Hollywood, so for him to have such major issues with the script just shows how deep the rot is. Hopefully, someone can set this ship right. As for who’s in line to direct, word is that Matt Reeves (the “Planet Of The Apes” saga) is on the shortlist.