While Batman actor Ben Affleck has penned a script for the upcoming film, it appears that the director Matt Reeves has elected to go in an alternative direction. The director dropped this bomb during a podcast interview with MTV’s Happy Sad Confused. While this may be disappointing to fans of Affleck and potentially to those of Joe Manganiello (who was cast as Deathstroke in accordance to Affleck’s script), that does not necessarily spell disaster for the film. It seems as if Affleck is continually being replaced: first as director, by Reeves, and secondly as the writer of the script. Nonetheless, he is still on board to play Batman.
This would not have been Affleck’s first time as a writer or director. He is known for two major Oscar winning turns, writing Good Will Hunting with Matt Damon, as well as directing Argo. His departure from these areas of the project is not necessarily a bad sign though. Many actors experience burnout by taking on more than they can handle, and dividing the work could actually improve the quality of the project. Furthermore, considering the audience burnout which may also occur after yet another Batman reboot, it is crucial to give this project the thought, deliberation, and effort necessary for it to succeed.
Reeves has had experience in film and television, which will hopefully allow him the skill set to handle the film. Also known as one of the creators of the television show Felicity, Reeves has directed the 2008 film Cloverfield, as well as the long-titled Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and the upcoming War for the Planet of the Apes (which is turning out early stellar reviews).
Hopefully this fresh new take on the film will improve its quality. As the new script comes together, audiences may have to wait a little longer to see Affleck’s Bruce Wayne in his own solo movie.