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It's been a rocky week for the always divisive DC Extended Universe. Because just a few short days ago Ben Affleck revealed that he would be stepping down from his role as director in the untitled Batman Solo film. While staying on board as a producer and star (hopefully), Affleck's departure is a major step backward for both the film and the DCEU as a whole. But while the fate of the Batman movie may seem up in the air, new information surfaced regarding exactly who is working on the script. And it's someone who has worked with both Ben Affleck and other other DCEU films.
When news broke that Ben Affleck was leaving the director's chair, it sent the internet buzz. Deadline was one of many outlets reporting on the news, where it also revealed who was helping to shape the newest script. Because Chris Terrio, who won the Academy Award for writing 2012's Argo, has submitted his own rewrite for the Batman film.
Chris Terrio is actually a fairly obvious choice to help rewrite and rework the solo Batman script. Because in addition to his work with Ben Affleck in Argo, Terrio also wrote the screenplay for both Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and the upcoming Zack Snyder team up film Justice League. It looks like the folks over at DC are happy with what he came up with for the latter, and his role will likely continue as a frequent collaborator with the studio.
Ben Affleck's departure as director is the latest in a long line of hurdles which seem to plague the DCEU. The studio has already lost a few directors in the past, including former Flash director Rick Famuyiwa. Additionally, Zack Snyder's role within the universe seems to be in constant flux, as the love/hate relationship between the director and audience only continues to grow.
Since all three of the DCEU's films received mixed reviews, the future of the cinematic universe has never seemed so precarious. The next installment to hit theaters in Patty Jenkins' Wonder Woman. While the trailer is certainly impressive and captivating, it remains to be seen if the finished product will be able to finally achieve critical success. After all, Suicide Squad's trailer was fantastic, and it was the very thing that caused the reshoots and editing problems which resulted in the film's final cut.
The still untitled Batman movie will star Ben Affleck as Batman/Bruce Wayne and Joe Manganiello as Deathstroke. The film was originally planned to be rather villain heavy, although this may change with a new director and writers. Although it's safe to say that some characters introduced may return for Margot Robbie's upcoming Gotham City Sirens film.