In movies that we never got to see, but which still spark our curiosity, Ben Affleck’s The Batman certainly ranks at the top of the list.
While the actor sparked considerable controversy with his performance as the Dark Knight, I myself was very pro Batfleck and was intrigued by what Affleck would have done with the character in his solo Batman project which he was set to write and direct.
While Affleck eventually resigned from the role, and director Matt Reeves will now bring together a production starring Robert Pattinson as Batman, it’s one of those ‘what if’ concepts that still buzzes around my mind of what might have been had Affleck been able to bring his vision to life.
Well now we’ve got an insight into what might have come to pass, and it’s full of intrigue.
In a recent episode of the Happy, Said, Confused Podcast, noted Hollywood cinematographer Robert Richardson, who was promoting his work on Once Upon A Time In Hollywood, opened up about his work on the film, for which he would have served as cinematographer, and gave an insight into just what Affleck’s The Batman would have been like.
Of the movie, Richardson said, “Well, he was going more into the insanity aspects. So I think you would’ve seen something a little darker than what we’ve seen in the past and more into the individual, who was inside Batman. What element may be sane and what element may not be sane. So he was entering into a little more of the Arkham, as you know he’s going into where you keep everyone who was bad, everyone that shifted and Batman. And so that whole aspect was sort of… it was very fascinating to go to the darker side of Batman.”
This concept of a full-on Die Hard type of Batman movie with Batman slammed inside the nut house trying to fight his way out would have made for one incredible watch and definitely would have kept audiences on edge.
At the time Joe Manganiello was set to portray Batman’s chief antagonist as the mercenary Deathstroke and even featured in an extended scene following the conclusion of Justice League.
While Matt Reeves will be taking The Batman in an entirely new direction, it’s still interesting to ponder what might have been.
The Batman, directed by Matt Reeves and starring Robert Pattinson, will arrive in cinemas on June 24, 2021.