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Earlier we wrote about Warner Bros. poisoning the well for Ben Affleck’s Batman solo film courtesy of some rumors shared by Bret Easton Ellis in an interview with The Ringer. The piece from earlier noted that Ellis had no real horse in the race with Warner, so there was reason to believe that. Now you have to think that’s probably wrong because Ellis has released a statement on Twitter that walks back the quote from The Ringer, almost as if someone called his home and threatened his pets or something — they didn’t, but it’s funny that might’ve happened.
Warner Bros. shadowy death squads aside, Ellis says that he regrets mentioning Batman in the piece at all because the details might not be as clear as intended:
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.
— Bret Easton Ellis (@BretEastonEllis) November 4, 2016
Hey, he’s not wrong. You do have to be careful with what you say with an interview. The only problem is that he’s not the first to say negative things about Warner and the DC Comics films, or at least allude to trouble behind the scenes. There’s been reshoots, interviews, and opinions shared across the board on the films, so it isn’t exactly farfetched to believe that someone told Bret Easton Ellis that Batman was already a disaster. It’s also not a shock that the studio would be more interested in foreign audiences than domestic fans here in the USA. The dollar amounts tell you that.
Still, it’s a bit early and like we said earlier, there’s a good group behind the film with plenty of time to clean it up. Also, I can’t blame Bret Easton Ellis for wanting to get away from any negativity connected to the film or the studio. Those fans can be ravenous. Don’t forget what they did to Rotten Tomatoes.
(Via i09 / Bret Easton Ellis)