DC Penciler Chris Wozniak Accuses Matt Reeves of Stealing His Original Ideas for ‘The Batman’ Movie, Offers New Evidence to Support His Claims

In the sea of ​​popular DC news about the Snyderverse, canceled movies and The Flash actor Ezra Miller, a developing story about The Batman – especially the originality of the film’s script – gets lost among the waves.

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Furthermore, if accurate, it would prove to be a damning indictment of director Matt Reeves, longtime Batman film producer Michael Uslan, and the lowest Warner Bros. is willing to change course with a property when things in the studio are in flux.

A little over a month ago, former Batman comics penciler Chris Wozniak uploaded a video purporting to show Reeves ripping off, beat by beat, an outline for a story he wrote in 1990 and later submitted to Uslan. He has now followed through with the sequel he promised, literally adding his voice to the controversy.

In the upload titled Batmangate 2, Wozniak seeks to further prove that Reeves did not write an entirely original script as he claimed in interviews and lied to the press about where his “young reboot” story came from.

Wozniak notes that the one thing they needed and did to make the reboot a “launch version” was to keep it in Gotham; from there, striking parallels remained between the treatment and the film, with a few exceptions.

A checklist was compiled to illustrate that not much of the film is actually different. The Riddler’s surrogate families, a biblical disaster and judgment that befalls Gotham, as well as Batman at a certain stage in his career, are largely the same – whereas the sources of the city’s decay and corruption vary.

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Wozniak had a criminal banking conglomerate and financial collapse in mind as the causes, which Reeves replaced with organized crime and widespread systemic corruption characterized by misuse of the Renewal Fund.

“Both stories, despite their differences, play out exactly the same; same beats, same plot twists, same character motivations, ending, and that’s because they’re not differences, they’re rewrites,” Wozniak claims.

There are two sequences in The Batman that make no sense when scrutinized, but fit right into Wozniak’s story. One is at the beginning when punks vandalize a bank that went under. A complete financial collapse does not occur in the film, so it is argued that this incident is completely out of place.

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The second twist climaxes when Batman injects himself with a green serum to stay in the fight against the Riddler’s radicalized followers in Gotham Square Garden.

While it could easily be explained away as adrenaline, the drug ultimately has no merit in combat except excitement.

For Wozniak, however, it served a purpose in his story. Batman, finding himself poisoned with a slow-acting toxin, needed an antidote in his final battle with the Riddler and takes it with him.

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Both cases present an inconsistency within The Batman that goes mostly unnoticed, but Wozniak claims they are leftover ideas from him, further proving that Reeves copied a treatment he received rather than randomly grabbing similar appear out of thin air.

And it gets even more interesting in two other scenes that Wozniak uses to make his case. The DC penciller also reveals in his video that he made up the scene where the mayor is attacked in his home by The Riddler and the one where Alfred is almost killed in an explosion.

However, in a case of “composition of characters”, the first scene was rewritten to include the mayor instead of Alfred, whom the Riddler originally attacked in Wozniak’s treatment. Conversely, Alfred replaced Barbara Gordon in the latter case due to age and not being present in Reeves’ film.

Source: The Batman (2022), Warner Bros. Entertainment

Wozniak knows that Reeves and Uslan may laugh his claims all the way to the bank, but he defies them to dismiss his evidence as nothing more than coincidence when it would be statistically impossible, he claims.

Nothing may come of Chris Wozniak’s Batmangate campaign, though he’s teasing a third video at the end of this second, as well as urging Bat-fans everywhere to stand up and speak out in the name of righting a wrong .

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