This isn’t the kind of news we want to be receiving after Warner Bros. dropped an impressive second trailer for Wonder Woman, but it sounds like there could be trouble brewing with Ben Affleck’s Batman script.
Ellis dished about a dinner he attended with executives, who revealed that there are serious problems with Affleck’s Batman script and they concluded that these other executives on the project don’t really care about fixing it. As it’s still going to make a bunch of money.
Here’s an excerpt from Ellis’ chat with The Ringer.
“I was having dinner with a couple of executives who know other executives who are working on the [forthcoming] Batman movie, ‘The Batman,’ ” Ellis said. “And they were just telling me that there are serious problems with the script. And that the executives I was having dinner with were complaining about people who work on the Batman movie. And they just said they went to the studio and they said, ‘Look, the script is … Here’s 30 things that are wrong with it that we can fix.’ And [the executives] said, ‘We don’t care. We don’t really care. The amount of money we’re going to make globally, I mean 70 percent of our audience is not going to be seeing this in English. And it doesn’t really matter, these things that you’re bringing up about the flaws of the script.’ So I do think global concerns play a big part in how movies, and what movies, are being made, obviously.”
He went on to rant about how TV is the future and that studio directors are now beheld to budgets and executives.
It should be noted that Ellis is well known in the community to gossip, publicly trash other writers and gaslight films. This conversation may have happened, but Brett is also known to be a real shit-disturber at times while attempting to make his point.
Some journalists are coming out to refute the claims made by Ellis, but if this is happening behind closed-doors and is a new development, I’m not entirely sure everyone would be able to give their two-cents on it.
Affleck has recently said in the press they don’t have a script for The Batman yet, while a Spring/Summer production start is said to be the studio’s aim at the moment. If there are indeed issues they have plenty of time to iron them out before shooting begins.
There might be some truth to the script not being ready to go and are some flaws to fix, this happens a lot during development.
However, what Ellis could be speaking to is the studio’s handling of things, not directly with Affleck and Geoff Johns.
On the other hand, we know that Suicide Squad‘s script was rushed in six weeks before production took place and Batman v Superman had it’s own script problems as well. These might not be an isolated incidents and could turn out to be a pattern of extreme meddling by the studio.
Could this be the real reason the DCCU films are failing to meet quality standards of other superhero movies?
Having a meddling studio overreach into the creativity of a superhero film isn’t a new thing, we’ve seen it with Fox’s X-Men franchise and more recently with Sony’s reboot of the Spider-Man franchise. Horror stories include producers tearing-down existing sets building their own, banishing directors from the editing room, throwing out scripts during production and writing their own scenes instead.
I don’t think it’s that bad, but it could snowball to that degree if smaller things are allowed to become a common routine.
It remains to be seen if Warner Bros. is micromanaging during development, scripting or editing, but there is a growing case that they are at some of the process. This isn’t the first or last time we’ll be hearing development drama concerning the DC Film franchise.
Could it really be down to Warner Bros. rushing haphazard scripts to meet release dates?
SOURCE: THE RINGER