New Details On Ben Affleck’s Batman In ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’

Empire’s upcoming Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice issue is full of goodies on Ben Affleck’s Batman. We’ve known for a while that this interpretation of The Dark Knight will be older and grizzled, but how old is he exactly and for how long has he been protecting Gotham City?

We are playing him 45 or 46” said director Zack Snyder. “He has been Batman for 20 years. All the history is there. Was there a Robin at one time? Possibly.

 Producer Charles Roven also added that over the years, Batman has lost people who were close to him, further adding to the speculation that the Boy Wonder is currently dead in the DC Extended Universe.

He has lost those near and dear to him, and not necessarily from old age of disease…” added producer Charles Roven

Keep in mind that this interview took place before the release of the Comic-Con trailer, so these comments could refer to another one of Batman’s allies.

One of the things that was revealed on the interview is that the Caped Crusader has a history with Jared Leto’s Joker and Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn, as well as the rest of the Suicide Squad villains because he has fought, captured, and put every single one of them in Belle Reve.

Empire also had a chance to talk with Ben Affleck, who revealed why he signed on for the role of the Caped Crusader. By the sound of it, it’s Superman’s arrival that shakes things up and change the perceptions of the semi/retired vigilante.

Initially I thought, ‘I’m older, it doesn’t seem like the right sort of fit for me,’” he said. “Then Zack pitched me his concept for this older, more broken, kind of f**ked up Batman. It was something we haven’t seen. We have seen that Batman is willing to cross the line to protect people. That vigilantism has been a part of his character all along, and we are tapping into that mentality when faced by something as potentially as deadly a Superman. We want to assume that Batman has reached this point in his life and career as a superhero, and Superman represents a sort of philosophical change. He is a paradigm shift for Batman: ‘I’ve been fighting criminals all my life, trying to find justice, and now I am confronted with a concept that is transcendent to me.’ In the face of Superman, a man robbing a bank doesn’t matter.

Snyder continued by hinting that Batman is going somewhat of a villain in the beginning of the film, but he later clarified that it’s ultimately going to come down to the fan’s personal perceptions to side with one of the heroes.

It’s a point of view thing. That is why Dawn of Justice is the full title. What it does is allow us to start this conversation.

So what do you guys think? Be sure to sound-off your thoughts in the comment section below.

Source: Empire (via Comicbookmovie)

(Michael Bezanidis)

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