Ben Affleck sure loves his masks. First he was Marvel's Man Without Fear and now he's DC's Dark Knight. This year, he'll be headlining the "greatest gladiator match in the world" – and it's one that he supposedly helped write. At least, to an extent.
Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice wasn't just written by the people credited, according to a new report. Penned by Chris Terrior (Argo, Heights) and David S. Goyer (The Dark Knight Trilogy, The Man of Steel), the Zack Snyder-directed superhero showdown has endured its share of criticism on the internet, to say the least. Rumors of the film's surprisingly positive reception via test screenings have still left many fans skeptical, but never fear, people: you're new Batman's here.
A new rumor reported by US Magazine now claims that it was none other than Affleck himself that helped turn the film's once-troubled script around. The source alleges that Ben Affleck was rather unhappy with the film's early treatments and even went as far as retooling elements of the script on set during filming – while in costume.
[Affleck] “would go into wardrobe and get all suited up for the day in his Batman suit,” a source close to the film claimed. “Then he would sit around reworking the script. Ben wasn’t thrilled with it and would find himself on multiple occasions fixing it the day of.”
That's right, folks. Screenwriting may be the latest tool in Batman's utility belt. Exactly which parts Affleck wrote might forever be a mystery to us moviegoers, but if Batman v Superman pays off after all, then we'll know one more person to thank.
On that note, Ben Affleck's Batman has already earned praise from a variety of industry people, including Batman vs Superman's costume designer, Michael Wilkinson. Batfleck is someone who Michael Wilkinson describes as, "sexy," "smart," "seductive" and even a bit of a bruiser.
"He's strong and a little intimidating and scary, he's a real brawler, there's nothing precious about his Bruce Wayne. He rolls up his sleeves and gets it done."
We can, of course, take that with a mountain-sized grain of salt. Everything's relative in the art of film, but three years is a long time to stay excited about a movie, even for one starring the world's two greatest superheroes.
Is Batfleck the night? Is Batfleck vengeance? Is Batfleck the Batman? Only time will tell this March 25th – and maybe the movie's R-rated director's cut later this year.