The hatred and criticism for ‘Batman V Superman’ have been extensively covered all over the internet, but one thing that fans do agree is a positive of the film is Ben Affleck’s performance as Batman. That is why most of us are very excited to see the man helm his own solo ‘Batman’ film set in the DCEU, especially since he will be writing, starring and directing, and hopefully taking very little direction or opinions from Zack Snyder, who most feel is being pushed out of creative control of the DCEU after the ‘Batman V Superman’ debacle.
So the new question, of course, is what will Affleck’s solo ‘Batman’ film be about? After 7 ‘Batman’ movies (not counting ‘Batman V Superman’), there are still plenty of amazing stories from the comics that Affleck and company can pull from, but it seems the award winning director has some other ideas in mind. During a recent interview with Spanish-language news site Cines Argentinos, Affleck spoke on potential story ideas for his solo ‘Batman’ film, and whether he will be modeling the story on an arc from one of the source comics:
“I think what I would do is, I would probably do in some ways what Zack [Snyder] did with this movie, which is to borrow great stories from the great comic books but create an original story around it. I wouldn’t want fans to already know the story, but I would borrow — steal — great things that have been done before in the comics.”
Downside, anything in process similar to Snyder might be a mistake, but upside is that if anyone can craft an amazing ‘Batman’ story by cherrypicking great concepts and storylines from the comics, it would be Ben Affleck, who for years has proven himself to be a capable writer and a ardent comic book fan. What are your thoughts on the man’s plan for a new ‘Batman’ story/ film? Do you still think the film might be based heavily on the ‘Under the Red Hood’ storyline as previous rumored? Share your opinions and theories in the comments below!
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