With the many criticisms of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Ben Affleck’s portrayal of Batman, at least in my opinion (which is likely to be the minority), was one of the parts of the film that I liked most. I also didn’t hate the film in general like a lot of people did. This interpretation of the beloved character was somewhat different than we have seen on screen before. Following a much more grounded performance by Christian Bale in The Dark Knight trilogy, Affleck’s Batman lives in a world where super powered heroes exist. He also seemed to be more vengeful than any iteration of the Caped Crusader we have seen before.
Speaking with EntertainmentWeekly, Ben Affleck said we will see a Batman that is going have to do some things that he isn’t used to doing, asking for help.
“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.”
Being an older version of the character, and it being pretty apparent he has already lost Robin, this Batman seems more inclined to work alone, but this time it doesn’t appear as if he going to have a choice, as the threat that Steppenwolf poses is bigger than any on screen Batman has faced. Affleck went on to say that the Batman we will see in November’s Justice League will be more familiar to fans.
“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.”
The Batman from Dawn of Justice was far more preoccupied with Superman than with helping people, so it is nice to know that aspect of the character will return. I am one that can get on board with most any adaptation of Batman. I think Keaton was great in the 1989 Batman, Val Kilmer did just fine in Batman Returns, with Christian Bale’s Dark Knight being my favorite (If you are wondering why I didn’t mention the Clooney movie, it is because it doesn’t exist in my world). I just want Justice League to be good. I want it to build on the success of Wonder Woman and bring DC up to the standards that the fans deserve.
Which type of Batman do you prefer? Let us know in the comments down below!
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