In the latest issue of Entertainment Weekly which highlighted next years most anticipated film, [Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice](tag:711870), some new stills for the film were released along with a few interviews from the cast. Ben Affleck, the latest actor to don Batman's cowl, had this to say about his iteration of the Caped Crusader:
"He's at the end of his run and maybe the end of his life. There's this sort of world-weariness to it...He's on the verge of being swallowed up by the anger and the rage that we see haunt this character in the other manifestations of it, but this guy is further down the line and has become more embittered and cynical."
We've known for a while now that this new version of Batman will be a seasoned one. He's been Batman for a while and he's come out of retirement to stop Superman, who he sees as a threat. We saw in the teaser for Batman V Superman that Bruce Wayne is a rage filled man; "The fever, the rage, the feeling of powerlessness....that turns good men...cruel" as Jeremy Irons' Alfred put it.
I love the idea of a battle worn, tired and angry Batman, it seems as though we're going to get a whole new level to the character than we've ever seen up on screen.
The casting of Ben Affleck was one that shook the Earth, not a great deal of us were happy with the casting (personally I loved it), but it really does seem as though Affleck is approaching this character with the right attitude.
We know that Batman is the one going after Superman in this film (equipped with Kryptonite laced armor) and sees the Man of Steel as a threat to mankind. The quote from the teaser; " Tell me....do you bleed? You will" is a threatening and aggressive statement to come from a superhero, but it now makes much more sense in the context of Affleck's quotes to Entertainment Weekly. We also learn in the issue that during the Metropolis battle in Man Of Steel, one of the many buildings torn down in that fight was a Wayne Enterprises building, presumably this killed many of Wayne's own employees, and Bruce Wayne understandably will feel that Superman is partially responsible for that.
We saw in the Christopher Nolan films, among them The Dark Knight Rises, an essence of that rage, but I feel with Zack Snyder's (director of Batman V Superman) take on the character, we are going to see a much darker Batman than we've ever seen before.
As a major fan of the Batman character I couldn't be happier with Affleck's comments and I'm dying with anticipation for the film, nothing that has been released for the film has really swayed by opinion otherwise....no, not even that terrible Entertainment Weekly cover.
Watch the teaser for Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice which hits theaters on March 25th 2016.
Do Ben Affleck's comments about Batman make you more excited for the film? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter @JamesPorter97