Ben Affleck’s ‘The Batman’ Script Was Dark, Featured Arkham Asylum

Former The Batman cinematographer Robert Richardson has revealed new details about Ben Affleck’s version of the movie.

Three-time Oscar winner Robert Richardson was attached to shoot The Batman back when Ben Affleck was still on board to write and direct the project. That changed after Ben Affleck stepped down and was replaced by Matt Reeves, the filmmaker behind Cloverfield and War for the Planet of the Apes.

While doing the press rounds for his latest project, Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood, Richardson spoke with Josh Horowitz for an episode of the Happy Sad Confused podcast and talked about Ben Affleck’s script for The Batman. According to Richardson, Ben Affleck’s version of The Batman would have seen the Caped Crusader pay a visit to Arkham:

“Well, he was going more into the insanity aspects. So I think you would’ve seen something a little darker than what we’ve seen in the past and more into the individual, who was inside Batman. What element may be sane and what element may actually not be sane. So he was entering into a little more of the Arkham, as you know, he’s going into where you keep everyone who was bad, everyone that shifted and Batman. And so that whole aspect was sort of… it was very fascinating to go to the darker side of Batman.”

When Horowitz mentioned that Arkham hasn’t been used to its fullest potential on the big screen, Richardson added that this was one of the reasons he was interested in Ben Affleck’s take on the project:

“No, and that’s where we were going. I was very interested in that one.”

Plot details for The Batman are being kept under wraps. Previous rumors once pointed to an earlier version of the script featuring Ben Affleck bookending the movie as his current Batman while it introduced a younger version of the iconic character, played by Robert Pattinson. But with Ben Affleck retired from the role, Robert Pattinson has officially replaced the Batman v Superman and Justice League star as the DC Extended Universe’s Batman.

While details are slim, The Batman helmer Matt Reeves has confirmed that his movie is not based on Frank Miller’s Year One comic and will emphasize the hero as the world’s greatest detective more than previous films have in the past. It is expected to be the first chapter in a new Batman trilogy starring Robert Pattinson.

Earlier this month, Greig Fraser joined The Batman as its new cinematographer. His previous work includes Rogue One: A Star Wars StoryLion and Zero Dark Thirty. He also shot the 2010 remake of Let Me In, which was written and directed by Matt Reeves.

The Batman arrives in theaters on June 25, 2021. Stay tuned for the latest news on Ben Affleck and the future of the DC Extended Universe.

Source: Happy Sad Confused

Clay Enos Shares Hi-Res Stills Of ‘Batman v Superman’, ‘Justice League’ & More

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Batman v Superman Wonder Woman Justice League Suicide SquadPhotographer Clay Enos has shared a huge batch of new hi-res stills from DCEU films such as Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Wonder Woman, Justice League, and Suicide Squad which includes several new images of Jared Leto as The Joker.

The hi-res images range from stills to behind the scenes photos featuring directors Zack Snyder and David Ayer working with cast members including Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman and Will Smith as Deadshot. In addition to the new images of Jared Leto's Joker, a new image of Gadot as Wonder Woman in her own standalone film is included among the hi-res stills.

You can check out the images in the gallery below.

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Warner Bros. and DC Films have many projects currently being developed including The Batman, The Flash standalone film, Green Lantern Corps, Black Adam, Supergirl, New Gods, and Nightwing.

The DCEU continues this month with Aquaman which is now playing and will be followed by Shazam! on April 5, 2019, Birds of Prey (And The Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) on February 7, 2020, and Wonder Woman 1984 on June 5, 2020. A standalone Joker film set outside of the DC Films universe starring Joaquin Phoenix as the Clown Prince of Crime is also set to hit theaters October 4, 2019.

Directed by James Wan, Aquaman stars Jason Momoa as Arthur Curry, Amber Heard as Mera, Willem Dafoe as Vulko, Patrick Wilson as Orm / Ocean Master, Dolph Lundgren as Nereus, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II as Black Manta, Nicole Kidman as Atlanna, Ludi Lin as Captain Murk, and Temuera Morrison as Tom Curry.

From Warner Bros. Pictures and director, James Wan comes an action-packed adventure that spans the vast, visually breathtaking underwater world of the seven seas, “Aquaman,” starring Jason Momoa in the title role. The film reveals the origin story of half-human, half-Atlantean Arthur Curry and takes him on the journey of his lifetime—one that will not only force him to face who he really is, but to discover if he is worthy of who he was born to be… a king.

Aquaman is now playing. Stay tuned to Heroic Hollywood for the latest news on the future of the current DC cinematic universe as we learn it.

Source: Clay Enos

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Batman v Superman Wonder Woman Justice League Suicide Squad

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Batman v Superman Wonder Woman Justice League Suicide Squad

Batman v Superman Wonder Woman Justice League Suicide Squad

Batman v Superman Wonder Woman Justice League Suicide Squad

Batman v Superman Wonder Woman Justice League Suicide Squad

Batman v Superman Wonder Woman Justice League Suicide Squad

Batman v Superman Wonder Woman Justice League Suicide Squad

Batman v Superman Wonder Woman Justice League Suicide Squad

Batman v Superman Wonder Woman Justice League Suicide Squad

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Batman v Superman Wonder Woman Justice League Suicide Squad

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Michael is the Managing Editor of Heroic Hollywood. When he's not playing video games, he's usually writing about film and television.