Fans may have loved Ben Affleck's version of Batman in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, but his introduction as the character wasn't without criticism. One of the biggest controversies surrounding the new take on the Dark Knight was his murderous ways. Bats has always been a pretty dark vigilante, but there was a clear line he wouldn't cross in order to keep his hands and his well-disciplined conscious clean.
In BvS, Bruce Wayne's line had been blurred for quite some time, to the point where Wayne couldn't see it anymore He murdered criminals left and right (in some pretty brutal ways, might I add) and was even pretty irrational at times. Well, if you were among those who weren't a fan of that version of the Caped Crusader, I've got good news for you:
Murderous Batman Is Officially Dead
You heard that right, fellow Bat-maniacs. #BenAffleck sat down for an interview with Entertainment Weekly to discuss the upcoming Justice League and his role in the overall #DCEU. During the chat, the actor admitted that the initial take on his character missed the mark by a large margin:
"'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."
I couldn't agree more with his comments. Aside from the unnecessary murders, there was something about this Batman that just felt off. He wasn't a hero. He wasn't the rational thinker we grew up loving. Instead, he was just an average, irrational, angry guy. He spent two whole years mad at Superman, even though he was constantly saving lives, arguing that he was actually putting on a facade of sorts. I understand the paranoia angle, but that doesn't take away the fact that BvS's #BruceWayne was mainly driven by his emotions rather than his brain.
Fortunately for all of us, he is mending his ways in Justice League. According to Affleck, he'll finally feel like a heroic individual who dons his $1 million outfit because he has a desire to help those in need:
"[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. This is more in keeping with the canon of how Batman’s usually been portrayed, and how he’s portrayed vis a vis the Justice League in the comics. This is more the Batman you would find if you opened up your average Batman comic book.”
Well, that was refreshing to hear. Still, even though DCEU's #Batman is going back to his classic comic book roots, in some ways Justice League will present us with a new take on the character, and Affleck wanted to make that clear before the interview ended:
“Not that it’s average. I think it's a really cool story. Actually, it's sort of a story about multilateralism. It’s not a bad theme to have!"
I can't tell you how happy I am about hearing this, especially now that Bruce is teaming up with other superheroes. One of the greatest and most entertaining things about the Justice League comic books is the dynamic between the characters. They each play off one another like true friends and family, and let's face it: We just couldn't have gotten that in the movies if he'd continued to be his excessively mopey self.
Returning To The Roots Of Heroism
There was a time where the norm for superhero adaptations was to make the protagonist as moody and depressing as possible. We saw it in Man of Steel, #BatmanVSuperman, and some fans might argue that it also started seeping into the TV world through The Flash Season 4. Fans were understandably not happy. It's great to have superhero adaptations that take themselves seriously as stories, but not to the point where you just wonder why the people you're watching keep dressing up in colorful costumes to save people despite their hatred of it.
Thankfully, studios are learning from their mistakes. Going by what we saw in Wonder Woman and by the few tidbits we've gotten from Justice League through the film's trailers, it looks like the powers above are understanding that superheroes don't always need to be depressive.
Granted, Justice League's Batman will probably not be jumping around singing "Another One Bites The Dust" after beating up a criminal, but he's not the completely broken-down, dream-killer character we were introduced to last year, and that has me really excited.
We'll get to see Batman changed into a new man when Justice League flies into theaters on November 17, 2017. While we wait for that to arrive, check out the latest trailer:
Are you happy to hear we're finally getting the Batman from the comic books in Justice League? How did you feel about his personality in Batman v Superman? Let me know in the comments!
(Source: Entertainment Weekly)