Matt Reeves reveals details about Ben Affleck’s Batman storyline, hinting at an action-packed film with DCEU connections, and compares it to a Bond movie.
The Batman Director Matt Reeves has shared some details about Ben Affleck’s abandoned Batman movie. When Affleck signed on to play Batman in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Warner Bros. had long-term plans for the actor as Affleck was set to write, direct and star in a solo Batman movie. Development has begun, and the studio has even released a video revealing Deathstroke, played by Joe Manganiello, as the film’s main villain.
Affleck stepped down from directing the film in early 2017, and while he’s still set to star in the project, he’ll eventually quit the role after the difficult Justice League reshoots and the actor admitting he didn’t feel the will to make the film. Before Affleck officially left the project, he was still set to star in the film and Warner Bros. started looking for new directors and the studio landed Matt Reeves a few months before the release of War for the Planet of the Apes. Reeves took a different approach to Batman, featuring a younger version of the character and a recast starring Robert Pattinson in a movie setting outside of the main DCEU continuity.
In a recent interview with Squire, Reeves reveals that Warner Bros. initially sent him the script that Affleck had been working on. While Reeves thought this was a valid take on the Caped Crusader, it wasn’t the Batman movie he wanted to make and he offered the studio his own version. Reeves revealed information about Affleck’s film, such as the fact that it would be very DCEU-related, feature characters from other films and comics, and be very action-oriented. Reeves even compared it to a James Bond movie. He said:
“I read a script they had that was a totally valid take on the movie. It was very action-oriented. It tied very deeply into the DCEU, with other major characters from other movies and other comics showing up. I just knew when I read it that particular script wasn’t the way I’d want to do it, I said “listen, I think maybe I’m not the person for that”. And i told them why i love this character. told them that there are so many good movies, but if i was going to do this, i would have to make it personal, so that i understand what I was going to do some, so I know where to put the camera, so I know what to say to the actors, so I know what the story should be. This take, I told them as I showed the script, is a totally valid and thrilling take. It’s almost James Bond-ian, but it wasn’t something I quite identified with.”
Since the project fell apart, details have come out about Affleck’s plans for Batman. It was partially inspired by the popular arkham asylum video games and Manganiello revealed that Deathstroke would kill a famous Batman character. It’s also been hinted that the film will feature Batgirl, a concept the studio has appeared to be reworking with the upcoming HBO Max. bat girl movie that will star Batman, but instead of Affleck, it’s Michael Keaton under the hood. The appearance of other DCEU characters in Affleck’s Batman storyline suggests that the film may have featured members of the Justice League to some degree, possibly setting up plot points that would have been explored in Zack Snyder’s plans for the second and third films.
Reeves comparing Affleck’s Batman to James Bond hints at a cultural connection between the two franchises. The point of comparison is probably that Affleck’s script had a lot of gimmick-based action, as the Bond movies are famous for. Batman and James Bond both exploded in popularity in the 1960s, and 1995 saw the release of both batman foreverr and golden eye, both of which were attempts to reinvent their franchises. When the Batman franchise reinvented itself again in 2005 with the release of batman beginshe became the main inspiration for 2006 Casino Royale. Now, as a whole new cast steps into the iconic roles of the Batman universe, James Bond is in a similar situation and looking to cast a new 007. The Batman performs, it may simply influence the next incarnation of James Bond.
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