Ben Affleck had a tough 2010s. Certain, he bought a few of that Oscar goodness in 2012 with Argo, however apart from that, he got here on as probably the most divisive Darkish Knight ever, directed a significant flop of a ardour undertaking, bought divorced from Jennifer Garner, and fell deep again into alcoholism. Issues gave the impression to be on an upswing for the troubled mutlti-hyphenate although when it was introduced he was taking up The Batman from Zack Snyder and crew…till he unceremoniously left the undertaking. Whereas he’s since opened up in regards to the turmoil surrounding the pic, some new rumors have surfaced now surrounding the movie’s troubled improvement.
Geoff Johns, the person who took over govt manufacturing duties on DC Films after the under-performances, each commercially and critically, of Snyder’s ilk, reportedly clashed with Ben Affleck over the movie’s tone. Since audiences weren’t eager on the grimdark nature of the earlier DC motion pictures, Johns argued that Affleck’s script would veer too intently to the established darkness, and that the movie must be extra optimistic in its method. Between that, the unfavourable response to Justice League, and his private life’s woes, all of it gave the impression to be an excessive amount of for the actor and he walked from the undertaking on the finish of the day.
This “scoop” comes from Movie Gob, so take it with a grain of salt, though it does appear to be this might have been a professional concern. Affleck himself opened up about that point in his life, the place he stated that, between himself and speaking to associates, he was nervous about falling again right into a darkish place when it got here to his consuming, fearing for his well-being if he took on The Batman as star/author/producer/director. I suppose, per Gob, Johns was nervous about one other “Heath Scenario,” which…that’s type of poor style, and a completely totally different situation, however hey, no matter will get you clicks.
I’m extra inclined to imagine it was private points than studio interference immediately, although. I’ve been within the camp for some time that Affleck didn’t even precisely need to be Batman or to direct a DC movie, however was perhaps pushed into it by Warner Brothers after they realized they needed to course right from Snyder’s “imaginative and prescient.” Hell, if individuals have been so sad with my tackle an iconic character, I’d most likely need to vacate the half, too. I simply hope Ben relaxes for a bit and focuses on himself, and perhaps stays away from multiplexes when The Batman hits theaters subsequent 12 months.