Ben Affleck has opened up about his take on the caped crusader in his next outing donning the cape and cowl as Batman in the upcoming superhero team-up epic Justice League.
In a new interview with Entertainment Weekly, Affleck explained the difference in his Batman in Justice League which follows his character and Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) as they attempt to form the Justice League in time to save the Earth from Steppenwolf, the uncle of Darkseid:
“He’s put in this position of having to reach out, find other people, convincing them to do something. Part of the drama of the movie is the question of whether or not the team is going to come together. It’s very different from the tenor of the last movie.”
Affleck went on to add that the Dark Knight who was left questioning his crusade after the people of Earth learned of Superman was a much less heroic Batman than the one we’ll see on the silver screen this fall:
“BvS departed a little bit from the traditional Batman. He started out with all this rage directed at Superman, because of his coworkers who had died in the fight Superman had with Zod. He was holding on to a lot of anger, in a little bit of an irrational way. Whereas this is a much more traditional Batman. He’s heroic. He does things in his own way, but he wants to save people, help people.”
While Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice introduced Affleck as a Dark Knight who abandoned his rule to not kill as he was pursuing a vendetta to destroy Superman, convinced he was a threat to humanity, the actor compared the Batman in Justice League to one closer to the character they have come to know in the comics, as well as previous films and series.
“This is more the Batman you would find if you opened up your average Batman comic book.” Affleck said. “Not that it’s average. I think it’s a really cool story. Actually, it’s sort of a story about multilateralism.”
Justice League stars Ben Affleck as Bruce Wayne/Batman, Gal Gadot as Diana Prince/Wonder Woman, Jason Momoa as Arthur Curry/Aquaman, Ezra Miller as Barry Allen/The Flash, Ray Fisher as Victor Stone/Cyborg, Henry Cavill as Clark Kent/Superman, Ciaran Hinds as Steppenwolf, Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Amber Heard as Mera, Jeremy Irons as Alfred Pennyworth, J.K. Simmons as Commissioner James Gordon, Diane Lane as Martha Kent, Connie Nielsen as Queen Hippolyta, Willem Dafoe as Nuidis Vulko and Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor.
“Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince, to face an even greater enemy. Together, Batman and Wonder Woman work quickly to find and recruit a team of metahumans to stand against this newly awakened threat. But despite the formation of this unprecedented league of heroes—Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg and The Flash—it may already be too late to save the planet from an assault of catastrophic proportions.”
Justice League hits theaters November 17, 2017.
10 Comics That Could Inspire Ben Affleck’s Batman Movie
Ben Affleck’s The Batman has been through a ride more wild than a Batmobile hijack. Affleck, initially set to direct, dropped out to focus on playing Batman. Dawn of the Planet of The Apes director Matt Reeves stepped in, but almost pulled an Affleck during intense negotiations with Warner Bros. Finally, Reeves successfully gained creative control of the film, and fans everywhere breathed a collective sigh of relief.
Since then, news about The Batman has been fairly hard to come by. With things stabilizing creatively behind the scenes, questions still remained about the status of the film’s script. Rumors abounded that Affleck and Geoff Johns’ draft was getting a page one rewrite. Which leaves another important question looming in the minds of fans: What will the story of The Batman be about? What comics will it draw from for inspiration?
Though nothing conclusive has been revealed, we do know that Joe Manganiello’s Deathstroke is expected to be the film’s primary antagonist. Manganiello has maintained a lot of excitement for playing Deathstroke despite the film’s behind the scenes shuffles. The True Blood star has been thoroughly perusing all of Deathstroke’s iterations in the comics, suggesting that there are plenty of interpretations that the film could use – perhaps even an amalgamation of them all.
What’s even less certain is what direction Batman’s story will take in the film. Batman v Superman revealed some interesting tidbits about Bruce Wayne’s background, including that Robin had been murdered by the Joker. This leaves ripe material to explore in The Batman, particularly if the film should take place before the events of BvS.
The overall darkness and borderline psychotic interpretation of the Dark Knight also leaves open plenty of opportunity to explore the deeper nature of Batman’s psyche. With so many in-depth looks into Batman’s psychology to be found in the comics, there’s a lot of different sources The Batman’s story can employ to construct a brand new take on the Caped Crusader.
Questions also remain about the supporting cast. Characters like Alfred Pennyworth and Commissioner Gordon are pretty much guaranteed to appear. But with announcements of Nightwing and Batgirl solo films, the likelihood of Dick Grayson and Barbara Gordon making appearances in The Batman has insurmountably increased. If that’s the case, how would they factor in to the story? Which comic interpretations of Nightwing and Batgirl would the film use?
With all of these questions in mind, and so many possible Deathstroke and Batman-focused comics to draw from, we could be looking at a magnificent amalgamation of story material. Here are 10 comics that could inspire Ben Affleck’s Batman movie. Click Next to get started!