Batman is a man who does not laugh. He is one with nothing but regret – a character who is built on deep sadness and poignancy. After James Bond, he has become one of the most portrayed icons on the silver screen. What opportunities could two-time Oscar winner and director, Ben Affleck, have seen in taking on one of the most iconic roles in cinema?
Countless. It is perfect that one of the most successful leading men in Hollywood is playing the ultimate bachelor, Bruce Wayne. Art imitates life and in the new Batman flick, Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, Affleck brings in a combination of rage and weariness to the superhero, saying, “I’ve seen it all and I’m not impressed.” Affleck’s version of Batman lifts the caped crusader to a new level of comic book portrayals. He is not one to be taunted.
He is a look at 11 ways that Ben Affleck reinvented Bruce Wayne in Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice.
11. He Kills
While his character is depicted differently onscreen from the comic books, Batman has always stood by his “one rule.” Apart from a few rare exceptions (the most notable being Tim Burton’s Batman), he may threaten, maim or break his enemies but Batman will not kill. In the Christopher Nolan trilogy, Batman was taken to the one yard-line of murder, allowing the Joker to free fall just long enough to fear death. Even then, the superhero stayed true to his stand for justice and let the villainous clown live.
The same as Superman in Man of Steel, Batman is allowed to kill in director Zack Snyder’s version. Although the highest body count is in the post-apocalyptic Knightmare dream sequence, Affleck’s version of Batman storms through Gotham without any fear of causing collateral damage. His Batmobile, seemingly indestructible, kills numerous thugs, sending them to an early grave, certifying that Batman is exhausted, impatient and beyond thinking about peace.
10. He’s an experienced vet
Affleck’s Batman does not go spelunking, go base-jumping without the Batsuit or use staplers instead of guns. He has already built the Batcave, kept his weapons, gadgets ad vehicles in order and Alfred Pennyworth, his faithful butler, calls him old. This Batman is not readily excited by his responsibilities, bound to their reinforcement put of a lack of a diverse lifestyle.
Thanks to Zack Snyder’s introduction, we meet this version of Batman as someone we have a history with, like an old friend rather than an acquaintance. With deep-set scars making his hulking body, Affleck’s Batman does not talk about his past because everything is written on his blood-stained sleeves.