Bret Easton Ellis who’s an author and screenwriter, was quoted in an interview for The Ringer, on how the executives of Warner Bros. didn’t care there were problems with the Batman script that Ben Affleck and Geoff Johns have been working on for the solo Batman film for the DC Extended Universe.
“I was having dinner with a couple executives who were complaining about people who work on the new Batman movie. They went to the studio and they said, ‘Here’s 30 things that are wrong with [the script] that we can fix.’ And [the executives] said, ‘We don’t care.’” — Bret Easton Ellis
Since the article was released, outlets have chosen to take the quote as something worth reporting on, and not seeing it for what it was, which is a hearsay from multiple different sources, who may have no actual access to the Batman script to comment on the quality of it.
Due to the news blowing up like it did, Bret Easton Ellis retracted the quote via Facebook and Twitter, stating he regrets ever mentioning the Batman film, that if he knew it would be used in the interview, as he nor the people he was talking with had any actual direct involvement to the Batman film.
— Bret Easton Ellis (@BretEastonEllis) November 4, 2016