After nearly a month of hearing zero drama about THE BATMAN movie, we are back to bringing you the latest edition of, "WTF Batman?!"
Just when we thought it was safe to not worry about another piece of bad news for Warner Bros. and their hopeful solo Batman movie, THE BATMAN, a new report comes through the news wires citing issues with the film. And this one isn't the earlier story today stating how production may not begin until 2018 on the film. (That post link is below.)
First of all, I'm going to straight up say that I'm sick and tired of this drama. Why this movie has been shrouded in so much drama is beyond my understanding and I just want to point a finger. So I'm going to point the finger directly at Ben "Batfleck" Affleck. (And please note this has nothing to do with his alcohol issues, I truly hope for the best for him and that struggle which will follow him for the rest of his life.)
Sure, he was better than expected in BATMAN V. SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE but he was not the best Batman performance ever. His fight scenes were some of the most brutal and powerful Batman fights sequences seen in any previous Batman movie, but that's not a product of Batfleck because that's the stunt team. I have truly thought that Batfleck has been in way over his head for months now. Which is stupid because when anyone signs on to wear the cowl, he has to know a tremendous amount of pressure will come with that role. Especially after Christopher Nolan and Christian Bale did a tremendous job in THE DARK KNIGHT TRILOGY.
If Batfleck didn't think about any of this, then he's to blame which is why I want to point my finger directly at him being the problem. He was set to be the producer, writer, director and star of THE BATMAN and I had a gut feeling he was going to have a hard time dealing with the pressure of so many roles. And I was right when he decided to step down from his directing duties and Matt Reeves stepped into the director chair.
After that happened, a report over on Forbes claimed how THE BATMAN could potentially get a full script re-write with Reeves on board. Today, SlashFilm is corroborating that re-writes report. This report also pretty much states how anything you've heard and read about possible storylines in THE BATMAN may (and probably will) all change.
If any of this is really true, I have to point my finger at Batfleck once again. His script that he's been working on for what seems like over a year must have had bigger issues which makes sense why he continued to work on it for so long. At this point — and now I'm just spitballing an idea while typing — it might be time to move on to a new Batman. Just write THE BATMAN in a way where Bruce Wayne dies (or Bruce makes the ultimate sacrifice, or Bruce gets injured and can no longer continue as Batman) and Dick Grayson takes over the mantle of Batman. Fan purists may not like this idea but this might be the only way to maintain Batman in the DC Extended Universe without losing the character completely.
For me, Affleck's days are numbered as Batman. Maybe you don't agree, but I'm pretty much over him in the role. I am also at the point where I'm no longer looking forward to Batman in upcoming DCEU films because I'm looking forward to seeing Wonder Woman and Aquaman more than the Caped Crusader. (Never though I'd write that last sentence, but I'm so over this never-ending Batman drama.)
Written by Daniel Wolf, DailySuperHero.com Founder & Publisher
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