The Batman Script Unlikely To Be Submitted Until After Labor Day
While some believe The Batman is trucking along at a glacial pace, others are willing to give writer-director Matt Reeves as much time as he needs to craft the Caped Crusader’s next solo adventure.
I find myself siding with the latter camp more often than not, as a character like Bruce Wayne deserves to be handled with care and craft – not to mention the fact that Reeves will have to conjure up something a little different so that his Batman is able to stand out from the crowd.
So while there’ve been rumblings that The Batman‘s first script was expected imminently, industry tipster Umberto Gonzalez is now reporting that Matt Reeves won’t be in possession of a tangible screenplay until after Labor Day (September 3rd) in the States.
That’s not to say that The Batman has been hit with a slight delay – far from it, in fact, as Reeves has previously stated his desire to have the cameras rolling by summer 2019 at the very latest. The question, really, is whether Batfleck will return…
Recent evidence suggests that Affleck will don the cape and cowl one final time, though his screentime may be limited as Matt Reeves searches for his inevitable successor. This would align with previous rumors claiming that the former War For the Planet of the Apes filmmaker wanted to cast a 20s-something Bruce Wayne, one who will presumably become the face of a bona fide DC trilogy in due time.
But let’s not get too far ahead of ourselves; here’s the latest from TheWrap’s scoopster:
BATMAN UPDATE: Kind of hard to go into preproduction when there is still no script yet. Just checked. No script until after Labor Day. MAYBE goes into preproduction by end of the year for a June 19' or later shoot. BIRDS OF PREY & THE FLASH will go first.
— Umberto Gonzalez (@elmayimbe) August 16, 2018
It’s also interesting to note that The Flash and Birds of Prey are expected to go before the cameras before The Batman – if nothing else, it gives us a better read on Warner’s current superhero slate.