Matt Reeves, Batman director, has shared more information about Ben Affleck’s abandoned script.
Affleck was originally set to star in the solo Batman movie before Reeves joined the project. The plans changed and The Batman was finally made with Robert Pattinson as the vigilante.
Reeves said Esquire (opens in new tab), that he had read the script of Affleck. It was action-oriented. It was deeply linked to the DCEU with major characters from other movies popping up. It was obvious to me that this script wasn’t the way I wanted it to be when I read it.
He said, “I think maybe I’m the wrong person for this.” They asked me why I loved this character. They were astonished to hear that so many great movies have been made, but I wanted to personalize it so I could understand what I was doing with it. I would need to know where the camera is going to be placed, what I should tell the actors and what the story should look like. Pointing at the script, I said that this take was valid and very exciting. Although it is almost James Bond-esque, I couldn’t relate to it.
Affleck’s Batman movie would feature Joe Manganiello’s Deathstroke, and was also set up to include Batgirl.
Meanwhile, The Batman is shaping up as a dark detective story in which the Caped Crusader will face off against Paul Dano’s sinister Riddler. Two spin-off TV shows are already in development: one about corruption in Gotham City Police Department and another that focuses on Colin Farrell’s Penguin.
Reeves’ film will be released on March 4. To plan your theater trip, take a look at our guide to 2022’s most important movie releases.