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The DC Extended Universe has had a unique life, especially when it comes to Zack Snyder’s Justice League. The 2017 theatrical cut eviscerated its story, while also ignoring the narrative seeds that were setting up a sequel and spinoffs. But any of these concepts have since been abandoned, including Ben Affleck’s solo flick as Batman. And now Snyder has explained how he feels about his Batman’s story coming to an end.
Ben Affleck was originally set to direct and star in a Batman movie, opposite Joe Manganiello’s villainous Deathstroke. Unfortunately Affleck stepped away from the director’s chair, before hanging up his cowl and cape altogether. Zack Snyder was recently asked about this abridged version of Batfleck’s story, saying:
Touche. While Ben Affleck’s tenure as Bruce Wayne in the DCEU may have been cut short, Zack Snyder does seem happy with where the character landed. Because while the five-movie arc wasn’t seen, Batman changed quite a bit in his two appearances.
Zack Snyder’s comments to Variety show how the filmmaker is emotionally negotiating his way through Justice League. While the Snyder Cut allowed for his vision to finally be realized, there were originally going to be two more sequels. Add in Ben Affleck’s solo flick and the character would have developed and grown even more.
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When we met Ben Affleck’s hulking version of Bruce Wayne in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, he was almost unrecognizable to some purists. Batman was jaded, isolated, and was capable of extreme brutality and even murder. But his encounter with the Man of Steel changed him, and Justice League follows him trying to honor the late Kryptonian.
Some fans hold out hope that Warner Bros. will #RestoreTheSnyderVerse, despite the fact that the studio has already shut these talks down. Zack Snyder had big plans for the Caped Crusader, including a love triangle with Lois Lane. Unfortunately that vision will probably never be seen IRL.
Zack Snyder’s Justice League is currently available on HBO Max, and the DCEU will continue with The Suicide Squad on August 6th. In the meantime, check out our 2021 release list to plan your next movie experience.
Corey was born and raised in New Jersey. Double majored in theater and literature during undergrad. After working in administrative theater for a year in New York, he started as the Weekend Editor at CinemaBlend. He's since been able to work himself up to reviews, phoners, and press junkets-- and is now able to appear on camera with some of his famous actors... just not as he would have predicted as a kid.
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