Ben Affleck's Batman Movie Reportedly Getting Complete Rewrite, May Not Shoot Until 2018
Published Mar 15, 2017Ben Affleck is proving to have the worst Batman stint since George Clooney put on the black suit and battled a frozen Arnold Schwarzenegger. Affleck's dark knight appeared in two of 2016's most hated films (Batman v. Superman and Suicide Squad), and now his long-awaited standalone Batman movie has been delayed yet again.
According to a new report from /Film, sources say the troubled production is now being rewritten from the ground up. That rumour started in February, when sources had said they wanted a "fresh start" on the project, but was later denied when everyone said they were happy with the script's latest draft.
That they're flip-flopping is nothing new for the project. Affleck publicly said he was and wasn't directing the project, then finally stepped down. That's when Warner Bros. handed the project over to Cloverfield director Matt Reeves.
Reeves' involvement has caused another problem for the production, however, as Reeves is under contract to make War for the Planet of the Apes with Fox. As a result, Variety senior editor Justin Kroll tweeted that The Batman likely won't get started on production until 2018.
It's not all bad news for Ben Affleck, however. As TMZ reports, the star recently completed a stint in rehab to recover from alcoholism. "I'm lucky to have the love of my family and friends, including my co-parent, Jen [Garner], who has supported me and cared for our kids as I've done the work I've set out to do," he said in a statement.
Affleck will suit up as Batman for The Justice League, which opens on November 17.