Just when I think Warner Brothers is going to give DC a decent shot, they prove me wrong by continuing to treat DC like the red-headed step child. This begs the question, why do DC films that hold remarkable potential keep falling flat? Well, it’s because executives care more about a time line than creating a great film that’s true to it’s roots.
I was elated when the WB put creative control of Batman into Ben Affleck’s hands. But due to creative differences, Affleck has stepped down as director. A little more time was requested, but was denied by the WB. You’d think they’d learn from the Suicide Squad fiasco… but nah.
“There are certain characters who hold a special place in the hearts of millions,” Affleck said. “Performing this role demands focus, passion and the very best performance I can give. It has become clear that I cannot do both jobs to the level they require.”
“Together with the studio, I have decided to find a partner in a director who will collaborate with me on this massive film,” Affleck continued. “I am still in this, and we are making it, but we are currently looking for a director. I remain extremely committed to this project, and look forward to bringing this to life for fans around the world.”
According to Affleck, he’s committed to this film, but now there is rumor he might step down as Batman all together. I can’t really blame him. It sucks when people who don’t care about the art get to dictate the art.
So my personal opinion is that WB should learn to bend and give creative control to those who grew up with and love Batman OR sell your DC properties to someone who gives a sh*t, because the fans are tired of watching their childhood be torn apart through terrible character development and sporadic writing.