A new Deathstroke storyboard from Ben Affleck’s unmade Batman feature has been leaked, underlining the film’s main departure from the others.
A fresh storyboard from Ben Affleck’s unmade Batman feature shows the film’s main difference from past Caped Crusader adventures. Affleck wrote a solo Batman picture during his time as Batman, pitting the Dark Knight against Joe Manganiello’s Deathstroke. Between Zack Snyder’s Justice League and Justice League 2, Affleck’s screenplay would have taken place, presenting a significantly different take on the DCEU’s Caped Crusader.
Despite the fact that Affleck’s exit resulted in The Batman being a standalone DCEU picture starring Robert Pattinson, he would eventually return for more production on the Snyder Cut as well as aboard The Flash. Many DC fans are still excited about Affleck’s Batman film. Deathstroke attacks Batman with his blade in a fresh storyboard shared on social media by artist Jay Oliva. This, combined with the film’s tale elements, means Oliva’s artwork emphasises not only the film’s great loss, but also its pleasantly restrained character in the context of the DCEU.
Almost every other debut film for a new Batman, including Matt Reeves’ The Batman, has served as the launch pad for a new Batman series. Affleck’s film, on the other hand, would have been a cog in Zack Snyder’s DCEU superhero universe. As a result, Affleck’s solo Batman film was never supposed to be anything more than a one-off. Slade Wilson destroys Bruce Wayne’s life in a plot inspired by David Fincher’s The Game, with Arkham Asylum as a prominent backdrop in Ben Affleck’s Batman picture. In Affleck’s one-off Batman story, this would culminate to a great final confrontation between Batman and Deathstroke, with Batgirl lending a hand to Bruce.
The rest of Affleck’s narrative in Snyder’s Justice League movies underlines Affleck’s objectives inside the unmade picture, while Oliva’s storyboard depicts a thrilling would-be combat between Batman and Deathstroke (also rumoured for his own feature). Along with Deathstroke and Jared Leto’s Joker, Batman planned to sacrifice himself in the ultimate fight with Apokolips to help undo the Knightmare future. When all of these things are considered, it’s evident that, given the nature of his Batman arc, Affleck planned for his Batman film to be the last one he made before tying up his story in Snyder’s Justice League sequels. Given the tight narrative constraints of Snyder’s Justice League arc, it’s understandable that Affleck was determined to deliver the most grandiose and dramatic Batman film possible.
Oliva has previously lauded Affleck’s screenplay as “the best Batman script I’ve ever seen,” and the Deathstroke artwork just adds to that admiration. The importance of Affleck’s desire for the Batman vs. Deathstroke plot to be the ultimate showdown the Dark Knight had ever faced is highlighted by Oliva’s artwork. Between that and the intended story of Snyder’s Justice League sequels, Affleck’s Batman feature was a standalone, one-and-done Batman film unlike any previous debut film for the character before or after.
The details on Affleck’s Batman film aren’t as complete as those on Zack Snyder’s planned Justice League sequels. With that said, enough information about Affleck’s Batman has leaked online to give a clear idea of his intentions. Oliva’s art confirms that Affleck was hell-bent on doing something no other Batman actor or filmmaker had done before: putting Batman through his paces and crafting an epic-yet-separate story that would have defined the Caped Crusader within the DCEU.