It may never make it to the screen, but all thanks to story leaks, a fair bit is recently known about what Ben Affleck’s abandoned Batman movie would have been.
Affleck’s time as the Caped Crusader has undoubtedly been a rollercoaster, going from a huge fan backlash to his casting too many coming to regard him as the very best version of the character after Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice amid the movie’s polarized reception.
Though Affleck had a solo Batman movie in the works, he ended up stepping down from his directing duties, and later, he left the DC Extended Universe altogether in 2019, the dramatic demise of Justice League occurring between the two.
Matt Reeves, director of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, stepped in to helm The Batman, casting Robert Pattinson as Bruce Wayne, and establishing the movie as its distinct continuity outside of the DCU.
Though Ben had seemingly shut the door on his days in Gotham City, his departure was then followed by the announcement that the Justice League Snyder Cut will debut on HBO Max in 2021.
Everything We Know About Ben Affleck’s Batman Movie Story
A few months later, Ben officially signed on to return as Batman in Andy Muschietti’s The Flash, which will also be featuring Michael Keaton appearing as his version of Batman, thanks to the film’s Multiverse plot elements.
Though much of Ben’s early time as Batman was plagued by behind-the-scenes issues, his return in both The Flash and the Snyder Cut has excited many of his fans enamored with his portrayal, and thanks to the new Multiverse strategy of DC, his return doesn’t undermine what Matt Reeves has planned for The Batman.
Among the members of the cast to return for some additional filming on the Snyder Cut, Joe Manganiello has shared quite a bit on both the unrealized Deathstroke solo film and Affleck’s Batman film.
Manganiello described the film as a really dark story, and he said that it involved Slade Wilson “dismantling Wayne’s life from the inside out.”
In addition to the details that were revealed by Manganiello already mentioned above, he also stated, “There were similarities to The Game,” referencing David Fincher’s 1997 thriller.