Ben Affleck has pretty much all but confirmed that he and DC’s Geoff Johns are working on the script for a standalone “Batman” film.
Appearing on the latest DC All Access episode, Affleck confirmed the pair are teaming on a project which many think will be the standalone Batman film which Affleck has been written:
“Geoff Johns is a brilliant guy. I consider him to be the most valued resource on all things comic book. And every time I like something in a comic I mention, he goes, ‘Oh yeah, I wrote that.’ Now I just think he’s bulls—ting me, because he says he wrote everything. He and I are working together on something and I really am excited about it and I love him. He’s the best.”
In related news, director Zack Snyder has offered a detailed explanation as to why Affleck’s Batman has such brutal and ultimately lethal methods in his film:
“I tried to do it in a technical way. There’s a great YouTube video that shows all the kills in the Christopher Nolan movies even though we would perceive them as movies where he doesn’t kill anyone. I think there’s 42 potential kills that Batman does! Also, it goes back and includes even the Tim Burton Batman movies where this reputation as a guy that doesn’t kill comes from.”
So, I tried to do it by proxy. Shoot the car they’re in, the car blows up or the grenade would go off in the guy’s hand, or when he shoots the tank and the guy pretty much lights the tank [himself]. I perceive it as him not killing directly, but if the bad guy’s are associated with a thing that happens to blow up, he would say that that’s not really my problem.”
A little more like manslaughter than murder, although I would say that in the Frank Miller comic book that I reference, he kills all the time. There’s a scene from the graphic novel where he busts through a wall, takes the guy’s machine gun…I took that little vignette from a scene in The Dark Knight Returns, and at the end of that, he shoots the guy right between the eyes with the machine gun. One shot. Of course, I went to the gas tank, and all of the guys I work with were like, ‘You’ve gotta shoot him in the head’ because they’re all comic book dorks, and I was like, ‘I’m not gonna be the guy that does that!’
However you feel about it, “Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice” is now in cinemas.