When Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice first hit cinemas, the divisive crossover movie was bashed by critics for its nihilistic tone and an incoherent plot, but one of the few consistently praised elements of the movie was Ben Affleck's take on the Caped Crusader himself, the Batman. In fact, one of the many Batfleck admirers is an authority on the character in question – the one and only Kevin Conroy, the voice actor who has immortalized Batman for the past 25 years.
During his interview with Comicbook.com, famous voice actor #KevinConroy echoed many fans' sentiments when it came to Batman v Superman (stylized as #BVS) by citing #BenAffleck as one of the divisive superhero movie's best parts. The man who gave Batman his distinct voice in the critically acclaimed Batman: The Animated Series had nothing but praise for Affleck, who he felt was the best live-action Batman to date.
“I love what Ben Affleck did with the role. I think he actually got the balance of the Bruce Wayne character and the Batman character kind of better than a lot of the live-action have done. I’m a great admirer of him as an actor."
But while Conroy loved Affleck as Batman, he criticized "BatFleck's" morality or lack thereof. For Conroy, one of the reasons why he loves the character of #Batman is because of his strict moral code - something that was absent in Affleck's portrayal.
"I hated the fact that there was there was so much death in that movie. I just think that it's important that Batman doesn’t kill. That’s a line that we never crossed, and I love that about him. It was like he was too noble to kill. Killing was too cheap. It was something the villains did, you know? I love that about the character, so I have a real problem."
It should be noted that Conroy has the same sentiments regarding the popular Batman prequel series, #Gotham. Though he loves the series' talented actors and impressive visuals, he has "trouble watching it" because "it's incredibly violent."
Is Batfleck About To Lighten Up?
Despite defenders calling the new Batman "badass," Batman v Superman's detractors unfavorably likened him to Marvel's Punisher, a merciless vigilante who kills criminals. The reason for Batman's new violent streak was director Zack Snyder and his very specific vision for DC's famous heroes, who he felt were ripe for a dark and brooding retelling in the vein of the seminal graphic novel Watchmen.
Conroy's criticisms are not unfounded, since Batman's callous disregard for human life in the first major #DCEU crossover event was a far cry from what he stood for in his most famous comic arcs and the iconic animated series he starred in. In fact, these criticisms seem to have caught Warner Brothers' attention, since Affleck has described Batman to be more "traditional" in the upcoming #JusitceLeague.
"He started out with all this rage directed at Superman, because of his co-workers 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. ... 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.
Only time will tell if these changes are what fans have been waiting for, but at the very least, the filmmakers apparently listened to fans' concerns and addressed it as soon as possible. Hopefully, Conroy will appreciate BatFleck even more when Justice League hits theaters in November 17, 2017.
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