Two big bits of scriptwriting in the DC Cinematic Universe news for you guys tonight.
First up, we know that Mel Gibson is still associated with directing Suicide Squad 2 (here) and now we might have a writer almost in place too.
Warners are currently talking to The Legend of Tarzan and Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit writer Adam Cozad to handle scripting duties.
Davi Ayer wrote the first movie in six short weeks (as well as directing the movie) but he has been asked to look after the female-centric Gotham City Sirens movie, leaving a void around Suicide Squad which Warners are keen to fill soon.
In related news, word is that The Batman movie is facing a full rewrite, despite Ben Affleck and the studio being reportedly happy with the previous (current) script.
The rumour began with Variety’s Justin Kroll who tweeted that because of his commitments to War For The Planet Of The Apes, director Matt Reeves will not be doing any prep on Batman until the summer at the earliest:
Hearing Matt Reeves contracted to work on APES till at least end of June, so production on BATMAN likely not starting till 2018
— Justin Kroll (@krolljvar) March 14, 2017
However, current rumours indicate that there’s more to it than that: “According to sources close to the production, the screenplay for The Batman is being rewritten from the ground up, so it’s entirely possible that everything we’ve heard about the film’s story will no longer be in play.”
Is this true? Well, we know that the script that exists right now was worked on by Ben Affleck, DC’s Geoff Johns and Chris Terrio and that many speculated that it was why Affleck quit as director (we now know that Affleck had too much going on in his personal life
However, if it is true, it’s not necessarily as bad think as it could mean that Reeves himself will be more proactive in the movie’s story and, with Suicide Squad 2 moving ahead along with Nightwing and other DC movies which seem to spin from the Batman universe, it’s likely that Warners are keen to keep everything well tied together.
Whatever happens, we’re looking forward to The Batman and Suicide Squad 2. Are you?
Sources: Variety & Slashfilm