Slowly but surely, Ben Affleck‘s ties to the upcoming film The Batman are vanishing. First, his canvas director’s chair with “LISTLESS BATMAN” emblazoned on the back was folded up and put into storage. Now, the script he wrote for the movie is no longer in play. The sad thing is, the Batman outcome that Ben wants (to no longer BE Batman), doesn’t look like it’s happening anytime soon.
The Batman’s new director Matt Reeves revealed on MTV’s Happy Sad Confused podcast (via The Hollywood Reporter) that he won’t be using the script Ben wrote. You can safely assume that you will no longer be seeing any scenes in The Batman wherein Batman looks off his face at a blackjack table with a bevy of nubile nannies surrounding his codpiece.
Matt Reeves says that he’s using a “new story” for his Batman movie.
“No, it’s a new story. It’s just starting again. I’m excited about it. I think it’s going to be really cool.”
Ben’s trashed script was co-written with Argo screenwriter Chris Terrio and DC Comics overlord Geoff Johns. Watch me set off your geek detector when I inform you that Geoff Johns has written some of DC Comics’ most beloved modern-day stories. If I were into a three zillionth Batman flick (I’m not), I would probably be disappointed at this news.
And besides Ben, there’s another celebrity who might be affected by the script switch. Body-of-death Joe Manganiello was set to play the main villain Deathstroke in Ben’s version. There’s no word or not if his tight, muscled ass got thrown in the dumpster with Ben’s script. (If it’s so, I’m going to need the location of that dumpster. He may need comforting.)
With the exception of Wonder Woman (which wasn’t exactly perfect but had its moments), the DC movie universe is pale and fatigued. Nobody involved seems happy to be there, and you get the feeling that everyone’s in it for the money. “They want me to act against a green screen for six months and try to emote about Darkseid’s minions and Amy Adams‘ horrible Lois Lane. But I really want to buy that chalet in St. Moritz. Fuck it; I’m in.” – says (probably) everyone involved, except maybe Gal Gadot.