If you have been keeping track of the drama coming out of Warner Brothers about their stand alone Batman film you know that the project has been a disaster. As of this week an announcement was released that Ben Affleck would be stepping down from his position as director of the film. This was on the heels of reported problems with the film’s script as well as speculation that executives at Warner Brothers were not seeing eye to eye with Affleck. The script was penned by both Affleck and Geoff Johns. However that script was then rewritten by Chris Terrio, whose Argo screenplay won an Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay. Things seem bad enough yet? Well there’s more.
According to a report by Forbes the film is now undergoing a page one rewrite. Apparently the rewritten script by Terrio was not what Warner Brothers was looking for, so now the company is looking at completely new screenwriters/film makers to start over with the script and direct the film. One name being rumored to direct the film once the creative team is set is Matt Reeves, whose most recently directed film is the very successful Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, as well as the upcoming War for the Planet of the Apes set to be released July 14 of this year. If this rumor pans out then it means the project still has a silver lining.
The real question now is if Affleck is going to continue his role as the dark knight, or if he will drop the project all together. On one hand, he has now been in in three different DC films staring as batman (Batman v. Superman, Suicide Squad, and the upcoming Justice League), but on the other hand he has already dropped out from directing and his script, after working on it for over two years, has been trashed. He may try and find a way out of the project.
Whatever the situation, things do not look good for the movie as of now. However, all of these changes could mean that Warner Brothers is looking to take their DC Universe in a different direction. In which case, all of these changes are a direct affect of the changes. Hopefully this is the case, and we do not have to wait long for a new Batman Movie.
What do you think? Leave a comment below. Is this the end of days for the DC Universe, or is this the beginning of new changes?