As has been the case with the majority of DC / Warner Bros collaborative films, there has been a lot of negativity swimming around Ben Affleck’s The Batman film. I’ll definitely admit to casting some major side eye towards anything Warner Bros. has put out this year in terms of DC Universe products after the dismal Batman V. Superman and Suicide Squad adaptations. I’ve been particularily hesitant to get excited for The Batman due to the fact that Christopher Nolan’s Batman movies are still fresh in my memory.
However, one of the actors has come out to try to dissuade us from our hesitations regarding the film.
In an interview with Comicbookmovie.com Joe Manganiello, who will be playing Deathstroke in The Batman, sat down and discussed what won him over when he discussed with Affleck what direction the film would take:
“When I met Ben we sat down and we talked about, you know, the role. We talked about the movie. His take is a fresh take but I think the audience is going to be surprised. Because it’s a road that no one’s really gone down that’s completely integral to, you know, who Batman is. And I think it’s gonna be refreshing but at the same time completely familiar. But it’s going to take this franchise in a direction that I think A LOT of people are going to be really happy about. It’s going to be gritty and action packed and cerebral and all of those elements that people love about Batman.”
Knowing that the film will be taking an alternative direction from previous Batman films helps to placate us but, for the ever cynical like me, there is definite cause for worry. Given Warner Bros. track record with this current era of DC films, sometimes a different direction isn’t always the best decision to make, especially when trying to win over fans. However, going a different route would introduce us to the Batman that Ben Affleck wanted to convey in the first place.
For now, I will wait to see what happens when footage comes out. As much as I love Manganiello, I’m not quite sure I can jump head first into this film just yet.
What are your thoughts? Do you think I’m being too harsh? Let me know in the comments below.