Empire Magazine's upcoming September issue has the internet abuzz with superhero chatter, as it features the first exclusive interviews with the cast and crew of [Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice](tag:711870). It will be our first in-depth look at the movie that doesn't involve spy cameras or sources, and the first tidbits leaked reveal it delivers in spectacular ways. Ahead of the release, Empire shared some interview snippets (via CBR) -- and one particular discussion stood out. Ben Affleck shared his thoughts on taking up the cowl, and his hesitations beforehand, along with giving us a better idea of Bruce Wayne and Batman's mental state in the film.
"Initially I thought, 'I'm older, it doesn't seem like the right sort of fit for me,'" explained Affleck, reflecting on director Zack Snyder's elaboration on Batman's age -- 45 or 46 -- and the twenty years of experience under his utility belt. Affleck continued:
Then Zack pitched me his concept for this older, more broken, kind of f**ked up Batman. It was something we haven't seen. We have seen that Batman is willing to cross the line to protect people. That vigilantism has been a part of his character all along, and we are tapping into that mentality when faced by something as potentially as deadly a Superman.
Earlier this month, a superfan cut together what they believe is a quick look at why Batman has a major problem with Superman, though it's not hard to guess, given the massive destruction due to Superman's fight with General Zod in Man of Steel.
Affleck elaborated on that:
We want to assume that Batman has reached this point in his life and career as a superhero, and Superman represents a sort of philosophical change. He is a paradigm shift for Batman: 'I've been fighting criminals all my life, trying to find justice, and now I am confronted with a concept that is transcendent to me.' In the face of Superman, a man robbing a bank doesn't matter.
While Ben Affleck seems to be making pretty high promises when it comes to the complexity of Batman's character, fans can rest assured that the storyline the movie is pulling from -- DC's The Dark Knight Returns -- seems as though it's being taken seriously and respectfully, which is a welcome and refreshing feeling for anyone who has ever had to sit through a terrible superhero film.