Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice director Zack Snyder has been speaking in detail – for the first time really – about Ben Affleck’s Dark Knight in the highly-anticipated DC Extended Universe film.
Affleck plays an older, grittier Bruce Wayne than we’ve seen in Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy, alongside Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman and Henry Cavill’s Man of Steel – and Snyder said he had a clear vision of what he wanted to achieve from the outset.
“I had a really strong idea about what I wanted to do — I really wanted to do sort of a fabric-based Batman; not what’s become the more normal, armoured Batman. That’s how we evolved it.”
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The director then continued on and also briefly commented on the decision to choose Ben Affleck to play an older version of the character and his level of excitement for this incarnation of The Dark Knight.
“I definitely wanted an older Batman. I wanted a war-weary Batman. That’s why, in a lot of ways, Ben was really perfect for me — we kind of aged him a little bit. It worked really great. I’m really excited about the Batman we created.”
It’s been clear for quite some time that the director would take influence from Frank Miller’s classic The Dark Knight series when bringing this new Caped Crusader to the big-screen. When asked about that influence, Snyder said the following on the subject.
“There are so many great artists who have drawn Batman. So many great comics that have been created — it’s countless. I was talking to Frank about it: “Dark Knight Returns” was such a big influence on me, that I wanted to to honour him through imagery in the movie. You could still make “Dark Knight Returns” into a movie, if you want. That’s what I’m saying, as far as how much we used and how much we didn’t use. The visual elements, there are some that I homage, but I don’t think the movie [is an adaptation].”
Finally, there’s been plenty of talk about just how “serious” and “grounded” this film would be. Hell, there’s even been rumours about Warner Bros. implementing a “no jokes” policy in regards to the upcoming DC Extended Universe films. When asked about the matter and if the film would feature any humour Snyder told the site that currently all people “have to go on are the first two trailers. They’re going to see more when we show more. You’ll learn more.”
So, it sounds like there’s definitely going to be a lighter side to the film following this and what Amy Adams recently said when talking about her favorite scene in the film. Let us know what you think about Snyder’s comments in the box below.