Before Matt Reeves was tapped to write and direct The Batman, the star of the movie, Ben Affleck, was hard at work writing a script he planned to bring to life in the director's chair. According to a tweet by entertainment reporter Umberto Gonzalez, the story Affleck was crafting was inspired by David Fincher's The Game.
...THE GAME also was the inspiration for the previous THE BATMAN script before Matt Reeves started over. https://t.co/nKYvQ3fMkL— Umberto Gonzalez (@elmayimbe) September 12, 2017
The Game, a movie Fincher both wrote and directed, is a mystery thriller from 1997. The film sees a man's life being unearthed as part of a conspiracy, so he takes matters into his own hands to find out the truth. The Game starred Michael Douglas and Sean Penn, and was a critical hit.
The idea of seeing Bruce Wayne in detective-mode getting to the bottom of a conspiracy in Gotham City sounds enticing. It's likely this approach to the movie was scrapped along with Affleck's script in favor of Reeves' vision, however, which is said to take a noir approach to the Dark Knight's world.
Affleck will next portray the Dark Knight in Warner Bros. ’s Justice League, which hits theaters on November 17, 2017. The upcoming Batman movie does not have an official release date at this time, although a 2019 release seems likely.