A few years ago when it was announced that Ben Affleck would be taking on the role of the Dark Knight, many were upset. I also was at first, but then after thinking about it for a few hours I changed my mind. I thought Affleck would do a good job, but I honestly didn't think that Batman would be so well represented so quickly. This past weekend, Warner Brothers released an incredible trailer for Batman v. Superman. This trailer rocked. Why? Batman. In just 3 and half minutes, I concluded that no other movie has gotten Batman so right. Here's why:
1. This Batman Is Angry
Here we have a Bruce Wayne yelling into his phone while Superman and Zod laser blast Wayne's building in half. Ben Affleck looks angrier than any other Batman we have ever seen. This is an essential part to Batman's character. He is driven by rage. Most likely he's yelling for Alfred to get him his gear.
As Batman reads the scribbled writing telling him he failed in saving his "family" (I assume his employees in Metropolis), he looks up and is filled with rage. This type of anger and bitterness is what drives Batman to do the things that need to be done in order to save people. Keaton didn't have that, nor did Bale. Affleck displays this emotion amazingly.
2. This Batman Is All About Saving Lives
When everyone else is running away. Bruce Wayne/Batman is the only one running to help. That's Batman. He will protect the innocent and preserve life no matter what. When all others shrink back, Batman leaps into action to save lives. Not only is he the only one running into the chaotic danger. He does not hesitate, at all. He runs right into the smoke.
As Batman holds this little girl, who most likely lost her family, he shows that Batman cares. He's not just angry and beating up on criminals to feel better. Batman cares about the innocent and he is ticked as he looks at these almost-omnipotent aliens rampaging through the city. Batman does have sympathy, just not for those hurting the innocent.
3. This Batman Has Lost Almost Everything
In the trailer we see flashbacks to Bruce's parents, Thomas and Martha, being murdered in front of Bruce. Everyone knows this is the beginning of Batman, we've seen that with every movie Batman, but this one has been through more than just that.
In the Batcave we see a suit that is hanging in a glass case. Then we get a close shot of the suit and we realize this is the suit of a Robin (R on the upper right side). Spray painted on it is a message from Joker mocking the Caped Crusader and it sounds an awful lot like "Death in the Family" where Joker beats Jason Todd, Robin, to death with a crowbar. Could this have sent Batman into retirement? Who knows? But a Batman who has suffered is a Batman who knows how much it costs to protect others.
4. This Batman Looks More Like Bruce Wayne/Batman
This costume is so much better than anything we have seen so far. Batman looks like the guy I read growing up. I will start with the suit. Not only is it amazing to look at, but it looks like something that would enable Batman to move around like a ninja. Batman moves so quickly that I actually believe he is an expert fighter. That was an incredible downfall in Nolan's Batman. In that incredible trilogy Batman fought mostly with elbows. Which just doesn't look like Batman.
Ben Affleck also looks incredible as an older Bruce Wayne. He just oozes charisma, charm, and cockiness.
5. This Batman Is Truly Bold
This Batman is incredibly bold. Not just bold enough to fight a superior warrior like say Nolan's Batman fighting Bane, but even more than that. This Batman is bold enough to call out Superman and take on a nearly invincible god-like being.
This Batman doesn't back down to anyone. He can take him. He can "destroy him" as he tells someone in the trailer.
In the final shot of the trailer we see Superman ripping off the top of Batman's tank of a Batmobile, and what does this Batman do? He just stands up. Facing Superman face-to-face with no superpowers. That's so freaking awesome. That is bold.
I think this Batman is and will be the best Batman we have ever seen on film. What do you guys think? Did you like trailer? How bad was Lex Luthor in it? Ha, let me know.