It seems strange that after many ham-fisted decisions that could have killed the DCEU, it will eventually die from natural causes. It will also, according to some rumors, still be a shuffling, zombie-like corpse rearing its head from time to time in the new DCU. The last twitches of the corpse will be Blue Beetle and Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom. All that will be left is the lamentation of what might have been… like Ben Affleck’s solo Batman movie.
Affleck would co-write, direct, and star in the movie if it was made. Eventually, it was scrapped in yet another strange, nonsensical decision at Warner Bros. leading to the standalone Robert Pattinson-led The Batman from Matt Reeves. A movie which, in the context of the upcoming DCU, is now entirely redundant and pointless. Way to go, WB!
We already knew from Cinematographer Robert Richardson that the movie would have been more psychological and that Arkham Asylum would feature as a central location. Now, Jay Olivia, a storyboard artist for the DCEU, has given an interview to Inverse about the film and revealed what he knew from his time on the project:
“I can’t really say too much other than it was f—ing awesome. It was the best. It was amazing. From my understanding, there were a couple of drafts of it. When I was brought on, I don’t know whether it was the second draft or something, but it was what Geoff Johns and Ben [Affleck] had shown me.
I’ve worked on a lot of Batman things and what was really cool about it was, it was tying together a lot of really cool Batman storylines that had never been really explored.
Ben’s story was gonna cover something that had never really been covered in comics but was building off of storylines in the Batman mythos over the last 80 years and approaching it from a new kind of perspective.
Maybe someday I can spill the beans, but I still can’t talk about it. It was very clever and there were a lot of things about it that I really loved that I wish that had come to fruition. It was a really great project in the beginning. Ben had to step away for personal reasons, and I totally understood, but the time that I spent with Ben working on the project was fantastic.”
Affleck’s final appearance as Batman / Bruce Wayne will now forever be The Flash.
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