Ben Affleck’s turn as Batman in Batman v Superman was widely praised, although some elements didn’t go down so well. While his fighting style was fantastic, the film played things pretty loose when it came to Bruce Wayne’s no killing rule. Beloved Batman voice actor Kevin Conroy wasn’t a fan of this bloodthirsty version of the Dark Knight.
For many, Conroy is the definitive Bruce Wayne. Having voiced the character across TV, films and video games he’s well versed in what makes Batman tick. When Conroy criticises your version of the character, you should listen. In an interview with IGN Conroy said:
Personally I love the fact that Batman – in the stories I’ve done, and the way he’s been rendered by Bruce Timm and Paul Dini, the people I’ve worked with most closely – he never kills anybody. He doesn’t cross that line. Batman is not a killer. In the most recent live action movie, that seems to have been a line that was crossed and it’s not one I’m particularly comfortable with.
It’s safe to say he wasn’t alone in that opinion. Batman has killed on screen before, but Snyder’s version seemed to go out of his way to do it. That’s expected to be put right in the Affleck directed Batman film, which is rumoured to take place in Arkham Asylum. That movie is rumoured to be based off the Arkham games, but Conroy suggests that premise only works because of comic Batman’s one rule:
He puts them [villains] into Arkham Asylum, which is what is so brilliant about the Arkham Games – someone realised, ‘my god, all these incredible villains are all in the same institution – let’s get a video game in there’. It’s a brilliant idea. But the fact that Batman never kills anyone – I loved that fact.
Of course, Affleck can be seen as Batman in Suicide Squad now ahead of a leading role in Justice League next year.