It feels like every week we get new “information” on Matt Reeve’s upcoming Batman film. And while the jury is still out on what to expect from that movie, DC Animated director and storyboard artist, Jay Oliva, believes audiences and fans would have loved Ben Affleck’s film. He also goes on to call it the “best Batman script I’ve ever read.” Take a look at the tweet below.
That’s a pretty bold statement considering the countless rumors and hearsay surrounding Affleck’s script, ranging from how he could never “crack the story” and that “it was a mess.”
The really interesting part of this comes when another member of “The Worlds of DC” decided to chime in, Joe Manganiello aka “Deathstroke.”
It would appear Joe Manganiello agrees with Oliva’s statement and he would probably know better than anyone. Joe Manganiello was cast as ‘Slade Wilson’ or ‘Deathstroke’ in Justice League which was originally meant to set him up as the main antagonist in Affleck’s Batman but that is no longer the case.
Manganiello has discussed this scrapped version of ‘The Caped Crusader’ as recently as this year where he said he had written an entire backstory to fit into Affleck’s film. One would have to assume Manganiello had read and dissected Affleck’s script to the point where they were able to find a way to fit Slade’s backstory into the film without it feeling crowded. Since then, a Deathstroke movie has been announced and in development with director Gareth Evans.
We may never know what actually happened behind the scenes of this film and hopefully Matt Reeve’s version is worth all of this trouble.
What do you think of this new information? Do you think Affleck’s script was really that good? Or could these be two men backing their friend and his career? Let us know @superbromovies on Twitter!
The Batman is in development.