Ben Affleck’s scrapped The Batman film was supposed to have a dark psychological narrative set in Arkham. Affleck was attached to direct and star, but as the DCEU crumbled and fell apart, Affleck eventually departed the project, first handing directing over to Matt Reeves before leaving the role entirely where now a younger Robert Pattinson will wear the cape and cowl.
In an interview with HappySadConfused, cinematographer Robert Richardson talked about the unfinished Batman film and when asked about how far along it had come, he explained, “I wanted to shoot Batman with Ben [Affleck] cause that was the next film we had. There was a script, but not a loved script. There was a lot of work he was doing to it to change it.” He then revealed some of the ideas contained within the script, “he was going into the more insanity aspects…He was entering more into the Arkham, he’s going into where everyone was bad.”
Now, Matt Reeves’ The Batman will feature a much younger version of Bruce Wayne, as Robert Pattinson will portray the Caped Crusader. As for Arkham, we will likely have to wait for a bit to see a movie focusing on it. Rumor has it that the upcoming movie will feature a “Rogue’s Gallery” of villains in the movie.
The Batman is directed by Matt Reeves, who will also produce alongside Dylan Clark. The film stars Robert Pattinson as a young Bruce Wayne and is scheduled to be released on June 25, 2021.