Ben Affleck's The Batman has "serious problems" with the script, as novelist Bret Easton Ellis hears it. In an interview with The Ringer, the novelist-turned-screenwriter relays a conversation he had with some unidentified movie executives who say that word is coming out in private circles that there are "30 things" fixable with the troubled script, but that Warner Bros. are unconcerned with it.
“I was having dinner with a couple of executives who know other executives who are working on the [forthcoming] Batman movie, The Batman. And they were just telling me that there are serious problems with the script. And that the executives I was having dinner with were complaining about people who work on the Batman movie," said Ellis. "And they just said they went to the studio and they said, ‘Look, the script is … Here’s 30 things that are wrong with it that we can fix.’ And [the executives] said, ‘We don’t care. We don’t really care. The amount of money we’re going to make globally, I mean 70 percent of our audience is not going to be seeing this in English. And it doesn’t really matter, these things that you’re bringing up about the flaws of the script.’ So I do think global concerns play a big part in how movies, and what movies, are being made, obviously.”
Ellis doesn't identify the source of this third-hand information, and no one directly involved with The Batman has commented on the issue.
After The Ringer published the article, Ellis posted on Facebook that he had not intended that quote to go in the piece and "regretted" that it might come "off as if I was disparaging the project." The author doesn't disqualify the sources of his information, just re-itterates that it is third-hand information.
It was previously reported that Affleck is co-writing The Batman with Geoff Johns. No release date has been set for the movie.