“Storyboard Artist Talks Ben Affleck’s Batman Movie

"L'artiste du storyboard parle du film Batman de Ben Affleck

A long time ago, the DC cinematic universe was much different than it is today. At one point, Ben Affleck was set to star in, write, direct and produce his own Batman movie – which fans were excited about given Affleck's pedigree as a director and the fact that he was a favorite character fans of the Dark Knight. Eventually, he decided to step away from the project and the DC films, while filmmaker Matt Reeves took over and released The Batman, which stars Robert Pattinson as the titular hero.

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Over the years, several details of Affleck's Batman film have surfaced, including the news that Joe Manganiello's Deathstroke was to be the film's big bad and that there would be plenty of action. For fans, these kinds of unrealized projects always pique curiosity, because they're a case of what could have been. Now, director Jay Oliva, who worked as a storyboarder on the Batfleck film and several other DC Extended Universe (DCEU) films, spoke out about it – and it seems fans really got it. missed something special.

Why Ben Affleck left his own movie

If Ben Affleck officially explained his departure by the fact that he had the impression that he had never really found the story of the Batman film that he was writing with Geoff Johns, it is clear that other factors came into play. line of account. The DCEU was in turmoil and the filming of Justice League became a real nightmare – or rather a knight's nightmare?

In an article in Entertainment Weekly in 2022, Affleck explained how filming this film made him realize he no longer wanted to be Batman. “I had a really negative experience around Justice League for a bunch of different reasons,” he said. “I don't blame anyone, there were a lot of things that happened. But in reality, I wasn't happy. I didn't like being there. I didn't find it interesting. And then some really s**t things ***, horrible things happened But that's when I said to myself, “I'm not going to do this anymore.”

While Warner Bros. and actor attempted to calm the storm when rumors emerged that he wanted to step down, his remarks make it clear that he must have wanted to step down as early as 2016, since that's when filming of Justice League has entered production. As a result, his Batman movie always seemed unlikely.

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What Jay Oliva Said About Ben Affleck's Batman Movie

Ben Affleck's Batman

It's unfortunate that fans never got to see Ben Affleck's Batman movie, because it seems like he had something special in store for audiences. Speaking to Inverse, Jay Oliva said the following about the concept: “I can't really say more, other than it was really awesome. It was the best. It was amazing .”

Naturally, Oliva couldn't go into detail about the story, since he presumably signed an NDA, but he did mention that he joined the project after a few drafts. However, the script he was shown was one written by Affleck and Geoff Johns.

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Oliva added that it was something new for the Batman franchise, while still honoring the character's legacy. “Ben's story was going to cover something that had never really been covered in the comics, but took the storylines of the Batman mythos over the last 80 years and approached it from a new,” he said.

Unfortunately, unless someone decides to leak the storyline or turn it into a comic or animated film, it looks like no one will see the Batfleck solo movie. Judging by Oliva's words, however, it seems that he has the potential to be extraordinary.

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