A few days back, we reported on a rumor from American Psycho author Bret Easton Ellis regarding DC’s upcoming standalone Batman film, The Batman. The interview Ellis gave in The Ringer revolved around the concept of a changing film industry, and in his comments, he stated the following:
“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. 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.”
His overall message seemed to be that thanks to the changing world we live in, where a film can make most of its money overseas, that the films are no longer made for an English-speaking audience. As such, making the scripts tighter, more cohesive, and well-written didn’t seem like much of a priority (the executives' implications, not mine). This, of course, is the last thing a DC fan wants to hear about the next film for their favorite comic book character. All we want to hear is that they’re putting all the work they can into the script — especially after the scripts for the previous two films in the DCEU — Batman v Superman and Suicide Squad — were so derided.
This did not paint Warner Bros. in a good light, and likely dashed some of the expectations fans had about the film. Well, now it sounds like Ellis has regretted his statement, and has taken to social media to clarify.
Here’s what he had to say:
“During a long interview with The Ringer’s Sean Fennessey we talked about the reasons why studio movies are so bad now and touched on the global needs of the marketplace. I told him something I heard about the new Batman movie as an example of what might be the problem:
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 during interviews.”
While this is definitely a lesson learned from Ellis, and he’s a lot less blunt here, that doesn’t change the fact that he overheard these murmurs regarding the film’s script. Yes, he distances himself, pretty much saying he heard from someone who heard from someone who knew someone, etc., but that doesn’t change what he heard. Could this be a false claim? Absolutely. Hollywood has a reputation for liars for a reason -- a lot of people like to throw their inside intel in, as if the industry is one big pissing contest. But there’s still a real possibility that some kernels of truth were stuck in there somewhere, and I only hope this is one of those things that have been blown out of proportion along its way through the game of Hollywood telephone.
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SOURCE: Bret Easton Ellis