It wouldn’t take a genius to realise that the Batman we’ll be offered up in next year’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice will be entirely different to what has come before. Zack Snyder has decided to take a lot more from the original comic storylines compared to previous Batman directors Tim Burton and Christopher Nolan.
Asked in a recent interview to describe his take on the Caped Crusader, star Ben Affleck was quick to point out how he’s both different and the same to previous versions of the iconic DC Comics character. Affleck has been speaking about the similarities and differences to expect in his portrayal of the defender of Gotham.
“Usually, the films show Batman starting off, or in the prime of his career. Here, you’re dealing with an older version, a guy at the end of his journey. He’ll find meaning in his own life during his conflict with Superman. He really thinks Superman is an existential menace, and he believes destroying him will be his legacy.
“We also play a bit more with the billionaire playboy side of the character. He lives that life at full tilt. He courts many women, owns many cars, and parties a lot. He does that as a way to fill the void in his soul. Moreover, past incarnations dealt with a straightforward search for justice. This time, Batman’s reasoning is clouded by frustration, bitterness and anger.”
These are very intriguing remarks indeed from Affleck. It really seems like Zack Snyder and himself have focused on making this Batman their own original incarnation. Of course, comparisons between it and Christian Bale’s version are inevitable and this is what Affleck said to this:
“I don’t want to compete with other incarnations, nor do I want to emulate them. Those versions belong in another universe. Christopher Nolan used his Batman to tell a finite story. My version is different, but remains faithful to the Batman mythology and all the themes associated with it.
“The other difference is that Nolan’s Batman isn’t part of a universe where other superheroes exist as well. Here – because we’re working towards the Justice League – there’s Superman, and it’s a world populated with super beings. This situation generates an altogether new reality.”
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