Before Ben Affleck gave up his role as Bruce Wayne at the DCEU, he was preparing to direct a solo Batman film.
However, the idea was ultimately rejected when Affleck decided to drop the role after bad reactions from critics and audiences alike about the “Justice League.”
When reporter Scott Mendelson suggested Affleck gave up on the idea for lack of love for the character, illustrator Jay Oliva came out to defend the star.
Responsible for the storyboards of the “ Justice League ”, Oliva replied to a tweet from Mendelson saying that the adaptation directed by Affleck would make fans proud.
“The multiverse and parallel realities in the DC movies is because ‘Batman vs Superman’ messed it up. So much so that Ben Affleck didn’t want to be Batman anymore and they had to go down a side route to make a Batman movie in another universe, ”Mendelson said.
To which Oliva replied:
“Scott, am I curious where you got this information from?” Did Ben tell you? Because I was personally working with him before he left the project and never saw him lose interest in Batman. Your solo movie would make fans proud.
I’m curious where you got this information from Scott? Did Ben tell you this because I was working with him personally right before he left the project and it never once seemed like he didn’t want to be Batman. His version of Batman in his solo movie would have made fans go wild.
– Jay Oliva (@ jayoliva1) December 29, 2020
At the time of the announcement, it was announced that Batman would have the Terminator Company (Joe Manganiello) as the main villain.
In an interview with Yahoo Entertainment, Manganiello touched on the subject and gave some details about the adaptation.
“It was a really dark story, in which the Terminator was like a horror movie villain. It would break Bruce’s mind from the inside out. The film would be Batman’s most violent and darkest because the Terminator killed everyone who was close to Bruce.
“They already had a story together. Slade [Wilson] would chase Batman because he blamed him for something that had happened to him, something that had ended his life and any trace of humanity he still had.
While he hasn’t revealed what the connection between the characters would be, it looks like Slade Wilson would lose people he loved and blamed the Batman for it.
Finally, Manganiello said his appearance on the post-credit scene of “ Justice League ” will kick off the plot of “ The Batman. ”
“They rephrased all the dialogue between me and Jesse [Eisenberg] to trigger a ‘Justice League: Part 2’, something about a team of bad guys. But, in fact, the original idea was to start the plot that we were going to see in “The Batman”. That part where we say, “Shouldn’t we have our own League?” was inserted later. “
Recalling that Manganiello will reprise his role as Terminator in the Snyder Cut of “ Justice League ”, which will debut on HBO Max in 2021.
The new feature cut will be an event divided into four parts and lasting four hours (meaning each “chapter” has one hour of exposure).
As Snyder has promised, the new version will bring several new character arcs, including the full Cyborg story and the introduction of Iris West (Kiersey Clemons) to the DCEU.
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