The Batman movie pushed back once more due to a new, action-spectacle, second draft of the script by Matt Reeves.
Revenge of the Fans recently published a few tidbits on the status of the DC Extended Universe films, including Birds of Prey (And The Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn), which will have a street-level feel. In the same report, there is a new rumor that The Batman movie was pushed back due to a second draft of the script being submitted to Warner Bros. According to the report by MFR, it appears that the studio is still working out the scale of the movie.
A couple months back, there was a rumor that The Batman is years away from hitting the big screen. As revealed in Variety, a movie featuring The Dark Knight is not really a priority for Warner Bros. or Superman, especially with Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill attached. In the same editorial, they mentioned The Flash, helmed by John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein, which had been expected shoot in March of this year, but were pushed back to sometime during the fall of this year due to scheduling conflicts.
MFR added that the studio is not rushing to release Batman anytime soon and that a new draft included more action to the detective-thriller piece, which was more in the vein of films such as Se7en and Zodiac. The report also suggested that the film by Matt Reeves may be released in summer 2021 than the fall of next year in 2020. While Affleck (as much as it may be disappointing to Batfleck fans) may not appear in the Reeves Batman flick and will likely cast a younger actor in the role, the award-winning actor/filmmaker, may actually produce the film instead even though he is contractually obligated to reprise his role for one more film in the DCEU.
Recently, We Got This Covered reported that Oswald Cobblepot A.K.A The Penguin could be one of the villains, but not the main antagonist. This is not surprising as actor Josh Gad was campaigning to play Cobblepot last year. Another rumor is that the Court of Owls maybe the main antagonists, according to Grace Randolph of Beyond the Trailer. All of this of course is just speculation, as there can be changes made between the time of development and pre-production.
Of the confirmed films set for release in the DCEU are Shazam! on April 5, Birds of Prey (And The Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) on Feb. 7, 2020, Wonder Woman 1984 on June 5, 2020 and Green Lantern Corps on July 24, 2020. A solo Joker film starring Joaquin Phoenix set outside the DCEU will hit theaters Oct. 4 of this year.