Matt Reeves Might Bring Planet of The Apes Screenwriter On Board The Batman


Seeing as Matt Reeves will be directing Warner Bros.’ upcoming Dark Knight solo film The Batmanfans have generally assumed that he would also be providing the script for the movie. This looked even more sure when Reeves confirmed that he’s disregarding the previous screenplay written by Ben Affleck, Geoff Johns and Chris Terrio – back when Affleck was still attached to direct – and will be starting from scratch. Still, a look at Reeves’ resume reveals that he’s only co-written three scripts in his career, which had people concerned.

Thankfully, it looks like there’s nothing to worry about, as Splash Report is claiming that “sources” have informed them that Reeves will be bringing on board Mark Bomback to complete the screenplay for The Batman. If true, this choice makes a lot of sense.

After all, the pair have previously worked together on both Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and War for the Planet of the Apes, and seeing as there was such a unity between the writing and direction on those movies, it makes sense that the duo would want to work together again. Furthermore, Reeves has also compared his take on Batman to his Planet of the Apes films, saying that both franchises revolve around the “tortured soul” of either Bruce Wayne or Caesar, so again, it’s easy to see why he’d bring in Bomback.

Not only that, but Bomback has a history with reinventing superhero icons. The writer previously penned the script for 2013’s The Wolverine, which served as a kind of soft reboot for the character after the disappointing X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Unfortunately, his filmography also includes less well-received movies like Insurgent, Live Free and Die Hard and the 2012 Total Recall reboot.

Interestingly, this rumour comes hot on the heels of another report concerning The BatmanAccording to sources close to the studio, Ben Affleck may be on his way out of the DC Extended Universe, with Warner Bros. looking for a way to reboot the character. We’ll have to wait and see if these two stories develop into anything more concrete, but for now, there’s certainly a lot to think about.

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