What is going on with the WB? I remember years ago when they first announced that Ben Affleck was going to be Batman, there was all of this discussion about how Warner Brothers was a filmmaker's studio. They let filmmakers tell the stories they were hired to tell. But when it came to DC properties, they have undercut directors at every turn.
My understanding of Ben Affleck coming on to do Batman was he shared Zack Snyder's vision for the overarching story that they wanted to tell. They wanted to start with Batman in an extremely dark place. Dark even for Batman. Cynical. Tired. Ruthless. And then along comes Superman. He's new, he doesn't know what he's doing. He makes mistakes. But over the course of movies he becomes a symbol of Hope. For Humanity and Batman. And Wonder Woman.
Ben Affleck came aboard to tell that story. And to tell the 'definitive' Batman a story in the Batman stand-alone movie. But then Warner Brothers undercuts everything. Undercuts the story. Undercuts the writers. Undercuts the directors. Calls for reshoots. Adds new directors. It's really no surprise that Ben Affleck wants to leave. And what the hell is this with another Joker movie that he isn't Jared Leto? It's like they're just throwing shit at a wall and hoping something a work.
WB, you had a game plan with Snyder. There is no way you didn't know what his future plans were. He had to tell it all to you in order to get the gig to start with. you clearly thought highly of his full game plan all the way to Justice League 2. You don't give a hack a franchise like that. DC excels at darker storylines. That's always been a thing.
Now this isn't to say that I'm not excited about Aquaman. I am. I'm excited for Shazam. I'm excited for the next Wonder Woman movie. But I'm not going to pretend that I'm not worried that WB is going to stick their dick in the process and fuck everything up again. They've become meddlers, sabotaging their own franchise. WB! Stop! You've messed things up enough, but it's still salvageable at this point. It just won't be took much longer. And that sucks to say cause I feel like I've been one of the lone hold outs for Snyder's DC in spite of WB's interference.
You've pushed Ben Affleck into leaving Ben talking away his Batman movie. You've brought on, then kicked out Joss Whedon, Zak Snyder, and however many directors attached to the Flash. You've pissed off Jared Letto, bringing an alternate version in now.
Basically, WB, you're taking what should have been a sure thing which iconic superheroes and turning it into a shit taco. Stop it!