Affleck's original Batman script featured Deathstroke, the Joker and other villains

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Feb 9, 2017

There are still a whole lot of question marks surrounding Ben Affleck’s proposed The Batman project, but some new details have leaked out that give us a clearer picture of the movie he wants to make ... or at least wanted to make.

Affleck recently stepped down as director (though he still plans to star as Batman/Bruce Wayne) and Warner Bros. is actively searching for a new director. Affleck also co-wrote the script, though it's since gone through a rewrite from Chris Terrio (Argo) and could certainly change even more if the new director wants to have a hand in the story.

But now we know a bit more about how Affleck's first draft was shaping up. Forbes reports that The Batman was set to feature Joe Manganiello as Deathstroke as well as The Joker in a supporting role (we're assuming that would still be Jared Leto). It also included a few other Bat-baddies, and it sounds like Affleck was looking to take full advantage of the wider world of Gotham City.

The final version could retain all these elements, though at this point it's of course too early to say. Heck, if they change things enough, they could eventually even write out Manganiello's Deathstroke. It's just too soon to say.

Regardless, Warner Bros. is obviously keen to get this one off the ground since a Batman movie is pretty much the closest thing to a guaranteed box office success you can make. And even if he's not directing, Affleck will still have at least some creative role in the project, so it's hard to imagine the bones of Affleck's original story changing too much.

What do you think? Would you like to see Deathstroke, the Joker and a few surprise baddies?

(via Forbes)