Warner Bros. reportedly "loves" the first draft of director Matt Reeves' The Batman.
The critically-acclaimed director reportedly submitted his first draft for the upcoming comic book movie to the studio earlier this month. Now, The Wrap's Umberto Gonzalez has tweeted about the studio's allegedly positive response to the first draft of the Caped Crusader's next movie. Furthermore, Reeves is reportedly working on The Batman revisions at the moment, and the studio is still reportedly hoping for production to start in summer 2019.
LIL BATMAN UPDATE: The studio loves Matt Reeves' first draft of his BATMAN script, he is currently doing revisions & the film is being eyed for a hopeful summer 2019 production start. Of note, the current DC regime is committed to getting this take on the Caped Crusader correct! pic.twitter.com/PsOBNxxa8T— Umberto Gonzalez (@elmayimbe) September 25, 2018
Lastly, Gonzalez claimed that "the current DC regime is committed to getting this take on the Caped Crusader correct." Actor Ben Affleck's version of Bruce Wayne in director Zack Snyder's Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice was widely criticized for its deconstruction of the world's greatest detective.
While Affleck's Batman certainly wasn't the first Dark Knight to kill on the big screen (let's not forget Michael Keaton's Batman blowing up goons with the Batmobile and Christian Bale's Batman tacking Two-Face off a ledge), the actor's version of the vigilante was at an emotional low point in his career, which caused him to believe that killing Superman was the only positive difference he could make. Even though Wayne's arc in the movie put him on the path to being a more recognizable version of the popular hero by the end of BvS (regarding his moral code, that is), the arc left fans divided and wasn't met positively by critics.
Only time will tell how Reeves' handles the iconic DC hero, and whether Affleck will reprise the superhero role or if the rumors about him wanting to depart the DC Extended Universe are true.