Robert Richardson discusses Ben Affleck’s abandoned Batman script

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Robert Richardson was recently rumored to be coming on to Matt Reeves’ The Batman as the cinematographer. While that rumor was shot down by Richardson himself, he was indeed set to work on the film when it was a Ben Affleck project.

Richardson is out on the publicity circuit for Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, and that included a stop by Josh Horowitz’s Happy Sad Confused podcast. Horowitz asked Richardson what the film was going to be like, and he shared quite a bit about the overall tone.

Well, he was going more into the insanity aspects. So I think you would’ve seen something a little darker than what we’ve seen in the past and more into the individual, who’s inside Batman. What element may be sane and what element may actually not be sane. So he was entering into a little more of the Arkham, as you know, he’s going into where you keep everyone who was bad, everyone that shifted and Batman. And so that whole aspect was sort of… it was very fascinating to go to the darker side of Batman.

Horowitz pointed out that we’ve never really seen Arkham Asylum on the big screen, to which Richardson replied that, “No, and that’s where we were going. I was very interested in that one.”

Of course, this script is no longer in play as Affleck has departed the role of Batman. Reeves has said numerous times that his film will be more of a noir detective story, and rumors are currently pointing to six villains being involved in the story. Maybe we’ll get to see some of them get hauled off to Arkham Asylum, but it’s doubtful if we’ll spend much time there as a focal point. We know from the Joker trailer that he visits “Arkham Hospital,” so at least we have the look forward to.

Matt Reeves The Batman hits theaters on June 25, 2021.

SOURCE: Happy Sad Confused