Ben Affleck’s Version Of ‘The Batman’ Was Inspired By ‘The Game’

Ben Affleck BatmanHeroic Hollywood editor in chief and reporter at TheWrap Umberto Gonzalez has revealed The Batman script co-written by Ben Affleck and DC creative chief officer Geoff Johns that featured Deathstroke as the primary antagonist was inspired by David Fincher’s 1997 mystery thriller The Game starring Michael Douglass.

While Deathstroke posed a much more physical threat to Batman than one would expect to see in what sounds like it would have been a psychological thriller, whether or not the new script will still feature Deathstroke remains up in the air as the film’s director Matt Reeves has confirmed the project was starting over with a completely new story.

Gonzalez revealed the original script’s inspiration earlier tonight on Twitter. You can check out his tweet below.

The Batman currently stars Ben Affleck as Bruce Wayne/Batman, J.K. Simmons as Commissioner James Gordon and Jeremy Irons as Alfred Pennyworth. The film does not yet have a release date however the stars will be seen in their roles later this year when Justice League opens this fall.

Justice League stars Ben Affleck as Batman, Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, Henry Cavill as Superman, Jason Momoa as Aquaman, Ezra Miller as The Flash, Ray Fisher as Cyborg, Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor, Jeremy Irons as Alfred, Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Amber Heard as Mera, J.K. Simmons as Jim Gordon, Kiersey Clemons as Iris West, Julian Lewis Jones, and Willem Dafoe are also set to appear. Here’s the official synopsis:

Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince, to face an even greater enemy. Together, Batman and Wonder Woman work quickly to find and recruit a team of metahumans to stand against this newly awakened threat. But despite the formation of this unprecedented league of heroes—Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg and The Flash—it may already be too late to save the planet from an assault of catastrophic proportions.

Justice League hits theaters November 17, 2017.

Stay tuned to Heroic Hollywood for the latest news on the future of the DC Extended Universe as we learn it.

10 Batman Villains Who Deserve A Chance On The Big Screen

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Batman Villains DC ComicsBatman’s been on the big screen a handful of times, but he still has so many enemies who’ve never been in a movie. I love the Joker, but man-oh-man am I tired of seeing him. Batman’s got one of the most impressive, deep rogue galleries in all of comics, and I think it’s time more of them were given the love they deserve!

Some of these characters might have been in The Lego Batman Movie (if Kite-Man was, anyone could have been) but that doesn’t really count as an introduction. Look at how well-known someone like Slipknot is now thanks to Suicide Squad. Well, all these people on the list are way better than Slipknot, and should be seen taking on a member of the Bat-Family on the big screen soon.

Hit Next to find out more about 10 Batman villains who deserve a shot on the big screen.

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Michael Mistroff

Michael Mistroff

Michael Mistroff is a Film/TV Reporter and the News Editor at Heroic Hollywood.

  • Joseph Chaisson

    IMO- Be inspired by the Arkham game with a focus on detective portion. I want to see an establish Batman interacting with a huge rogue gallery.

    • Fenix

      Completely agree!