Yesterday, American Psycho author and literary loose cannon Bret Easton Ellis made headlines when he trashed the script for the upcoming Ben Affleck Batman script.
In short, he said he’d heard through Hollywood connections that the script is currently “a mess”, but that nobody at Warner Bros cares, because the film will make a butt-load of money anyway.
His remarks were made to The Ringer, as part of a broader interview on the state of cinema in 2016, but were quickly picked up by multiple sources, including right here.
Soon after the story caught on, Ellis saw what he had wrought and regretted making the comments. In a post to his Facebook, explained that he wished he’d been more careful in his interview. He said:
During a long interview with The Ringer’s Sean Fennessey we talked about reasons why studio movies are so bad now and touched on the global needs of the marketplace. I told him something I had heard about the new Batman movie as an example of what might be the problem: I was talking with two executives who have NOTHING to do with the Batman movie and who KNEW people who were involved with the production. The two executives I was having dinner with were relating the problems they had heard about the script from people working on the Batman project–that’s all. I know no one involved with the Batman movie and I didn’t realize that my comments would make it into The Ringer piece or else I wouldn’t have cited that particular movie–I have no idea what the Batman script is like and I regret that it came off as if I was disparaging the project. Another reason to be careful giving interviews.
So there you go.
Affleck’s stand-alone Batman movie is still very much a work in progress, but Affleck himself is at least notionally on-board to direct and star, alongside J.K. Simmons, Joe Mangianello and Jeremy Irons.
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