“American Psycho” author Bret Easton Ellis inadvertently started a massive online fallout the other day following an interview with The Ringer released on Friday. In the interview, Ellis shared a conversation he said he had with a few other film executives.
In that conversation, those executives said other executives warned that the script for Ben Affleck’s “The Batman” solo film has serious problems and there’s no plans to fix them as international audiences will see the movie anyway. If true it suggested Warner Bros. Pictures doesn’t care about making films in the DC Cinematic Universe good so long as they’re profitable.
Today, Ellis has posted something of an apology on Twitter about his comments. In the statement, Ellis said he regrets bringing up Batman and he doesn’t want to sound as if he’s disparaging the movie because the conversation was about the larger impact international audiences have on domestic films:
“The two executives I was having dinner with were relating the problems they had heard about the script from people working on the Batman project – that’s all. I know no one involved with the Batman movie and I didn’t realize that my comments would make it into The Ringer piece or else I wouldn’t have cited that particular movie – I have no idea what the Batman script is like and I regret that it came off as if I was disparaging the project. Another reason to be careful during interviews.”
Ellis is also notable for being one of the few professed fans of “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” so he’s not a Marvel fanboy with an axe to grind. Even so, it sounds more like speculative exec talk than anything else – even if the DC films to date have come under plenty of fire from critics for the problematic scripting and tone.