It seems that Ben Affleck’s original version of standalone movie The Batman was going to be a lot darker than what has come before.
The actor was originally attached to write and direct the movie alongside reprising the character of Bruce Wayne, before departing from the role earlier this year.
Matt Reeves is now on board to oversee the project, with Robert Pattinson taking over the role of the Caped Crusader.
Cinematographer Robert Richardson has now opened up about Affleck’s original plan for the movie, revealing that the early version would have seen Batman visit Arkham Asylum.
“Well, he was going more into the insanity aspects,” he told the Happy Sad Confused podcast. “So I think you would’ve seen something a little darker than what we’ve seen in the past and more into the individual, who was inside Batman.
“What element may be sane and what element may actually not be sane. So he was entering into a little more of the Arkham, as you know, he’s going into where you keep everyone who was bad, everyone that shifted and Batman.
“And so that whole aspect was sort of, it was very fascinating to go to the darker side of Batman.”
Meanwhile, Batman producer Michael E Uslan recently spoke out about the backlash to Pattinson’s casting as the Caped Crusader.
“My position is this: trust the filmmaker and give the filmmaker, and the filmmaker’s vision, the benefit of the doubt,” he said.
“Then wait ’til you see the movie. And then once you see the movie, judge the hell out of it. But I think that’s really the formula going forward.
“I couldn’t be happier, I couldn’t be more enthused, as a Batman fan, that Matt Reeves is the filmmaker in charge and has selected Robert Pattinson to be his next Batman.”
The Batman is scheduled for release on June 25, 2021.