HOLLYWOOD — The entertainment world is abuzz after Warner Bros. announced that Ben Affleck will be the next Batman in Zach Snyder’s forthcoming Batman-Superman blockbuster.
Affleck’s publicist has confirmed reports that the Academy Award winner accepted the role only after being assured that Batman’s mythical home city of Gotham would be changed to Affleck’s beloved Boston, which hosted previous Affleck films such as Good Will Hunting, The Town, Gone Baby Gone, Live by Night, and about the upcoming Whitey Bulger biopic.
“Ben feels that the energy, passion, and vision he brings to the Batman franchise will be best reflected in his personal history with his native city,” Affleck’s publicist told reporters. “While he has shown himself willing to branch out when necessary, he feels that a film of this caliber would be artistically compromised unless it is set in a location where Ben feels most at home.”
“Look at Daredevil,” the publicist added. “That was set in New York, and it sucked. I think the lesson here is obvious.”
A number of confirmed changes have been made in the script to reflect its new setting. Alfred Pennyworth will no longer serve as the Wayne butler but will instead be portrayed as a Catholic priest. The Batcave’s new location is under Fenway Park, and the “Riddlah” will turn to a life of crime after being denied tenure at one of the city’s 58 colleges. Additionally, the flashback to the murder of Wayne’s parents is to take place after a Red Sox-Yankees game.
“I can’t wait to work with Ben, and I heartedly embrace his script suggestions,” director Zack Snyder said in a statement. “We did have to renege on a few of his ideas, however—not every Batman villain can possibly be working for the Irish mob.”