The Batman Would Have Taken Batfleck Deep Into Arkham Asylum

The supposed DC Extended Universe has seen a great deal of fallout in recent years since Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice came out. Much has been made about what exactly would have happened if Zack Snyder could have kept his hands on Justice League and made it the two-parter it was originally envisioned to be. Others have wondered about Ben Affleck’s solo Batman film. It was supposedly going to be a very interesting film that was going to take his Batman in some interesting directions. While it did not involve a night light clock, it was going to have Deathstroke as the antagonist.

With Deathstroke supposedly hunting down Batman because of his having imprisoned Lex Luthor originally, that would have been an interesting plot to see go down. The premise would have taken our hero into Arkham Asylum, which Robert Richardson, the cinematographer who would have worked on The Batman, made clear in a recent interview.

“I wanted to shoot Batman with Ben [Affleck] cause that was the next film we had,” Richardson said. “There was a script, but not a loved script. There was a lot of work he was doing to it to change it. He was going into more insanity aspects… He was entering more into the Arkham, he’s going into where everyone was bad.”

That certainly sounded like it had the makings for a film that pulled, perhaps, from Grant Morrison and Dave McKean’s classic graphic novel: Arkham Asylum: A Serious House on Serious Earth. It would have been fascinating to see Batman have the potential to do battle with or see his villainous foes. There’s no telling where the potential for such a film would have taken the character. It could have led into a trilogy. Richardson elaborated that this would have been the first time truly that Arkham was portrayed onscreen since he agreed it had not been fully in the past.

“No, and that’s where we were going,” Richardson said. “I was very interested in that one.”

While we could have seen Batman with a night light clock, we may have gotten a dark and deep psychological take on the character that might have given an audience a different path for this version of the Caped Crusader. It’s a shame that Warner Brothers rushed this iteration of the character and did not seemingly give Affleck the time he needed to write a script he was excited about directing. It just continues to be a shame and missed opportunity.

About the author: Tommy Zimmer is a writer whose work has appeared online and in print. His work covers a variety of topics, including politics, economics, health and wellness, consumer electronics, and the entertainment industry.

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