New Images from Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Plus Ben Affleck on the Differences from Nolan's Batman

Tuesday, 29 December 2015 - 10:14AM
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Tuesday, 29 December 2015 - 10:14AM
New Images from Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Plus Ben Affleck on the Differences from Nolan's Batman
Batman v Superman felt so far away, but now it's arguably the next big blockbuster after Star Wars. New images from the film preview the new Bruce Wayne and Alfred, as well as the Batcave:

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Ben Affleck also discussed the differences between his Batman and Christopher Nolan's Batman in a recent interview:

Opening quote
"Christopher Nolan used his Batman to tell a finite story. My version is different, but remains faithful to the Batman mythology and all the themes associated with it," the actor told French magazine Studio Ciné Live (via Yahoo). "Nolan's Batman isn't part of a universe where other superheroes exist as well. Here - because we're working towards the Justice League - there's Superman, and it's a world populated with super beings. This situation generates an altogether new reality."
Closing quote

This is fairly obvious, considering that Batman v Superman is basically a Justice League movie already, in a mad dash to catch up with Marvel. But Affleck also went into the more substantive differences between the interpretations of the character:

Opening quote
"[Batman v Superman] play[s] a bit more with the billionaire playboy side of the character. He lives that life at full tilt. He courts many women, owns many cars, and parties a lot. He does that as a way to fill the void in his soul. Moreover, past incarnations dealt with a straight forward search for justice. This time, Batman's reasoning is clouded by frustration, bitterness and anger."
Closing quote

Christian Bale's Batman wasn't exactly a completely straightforward hero, but I take Affleck's point. Bale's Batman was ultimately concerned with nobility, and the movies didn't go very far into his playboy persona, especially with the addition of the Rachel character. It seems that Affleck's Batman will be the darkest, most antiheroic iteration of the character yet, or at least that's what Snyder and co. are aiming for.

Batman v Superman comes out in theaters on March 25, 2016.
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