Affleck's Solo Bat-Film Would Be An Original Story Posted by: Bill "Jett" Ramey (Follow @BATMANONFILM)
Date: June 1, 2016
Even though I’m not the biggest fan in the world of BATMAN v SUPERMAN, Ben Affleck’s portrayal of Batman in the film was the best thing about it for me (except for that Batman kills people thing). In fact, I’ve long been a supporter of Ben Affleck when it comes to Batman on film – not as an actor (though I do believe he’s the most physically suited person to play the character to date) , but as the writer and director of a solo Batman film first and foremost.
BOF’er “Alan C.” alerted me to this You Tube video from Cines Argentinos that features a short interview with Ben Affleck while promoting BvS. When asked what if he’d adapt a comic book – like A DEATH IN THE FAMILY or UNDER THE RED HOOD – Affleck replied as follows…
“I think what I would do, what I probably would do, is in some ways what Zack did with [BATMAN v SUPERMAN], which is to borrow certain things from the great comic books, but create an original story around it because I wouldn't want the fans to already know the story and be familiar. But I would borrow, steal, great things that have been done before in the comics.”
Due to the fact we know that there was a Robin that once fought alongside Batman who is now dead, many fans have expected the solo Batfleck Batflick to pretty much straight-up adapt those two aforementioned comic book stories. But Affleck is right in that there’s no point to making a film in which most fans already knows what happens. Borrowing bits and pieces from several Batman stories, yes. But a literal frame-for-frame adaption, no. Heck, that approach worked for Chris Nolan while making THE DARK KNIGHT TRILOGY as parts of those films were inspired by YEAR ONE, THE MAN WHO FALLS, THE LONG HALLOWEEN, "The Joker" from BATMAN #1 (1940), KNIGHTFALL and other Batman comic book stories.
Also, since we now know that Ben was already writing the script (with Geoff Johns) for his solo Batman film when he gave this interview, one can assume that this is the direction that he’ll be taking with THE BATMAN – or whatever it’s ultimately titled.
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