For the upcoming film Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, there have been a lot of fan theory and speculations ever since the project was made public, a first look was revealed, and a trailer released.
One of these is the history that surrounds the Batman. In the movie, The Dark Knight is clearly already an established character. In fact, he is portrayed as someone older than the usual Bruce Wayne/Batman fans and viewers have been used to.
In their recent interview with Empire magazine (via Comic Book Movie), actor Ben Affleck and director Zack Snyder shared the story and history of Batman as will be seen on the 2016 Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
“Initially I thought, ‘I’m older, it doesn’t seem like the right sort of fit for me,'” actor Ben Affleck said about his role as Bruce Wayne/Batman. “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 as Superman.”
So, what brought Bruce Wayne to this point? Director Zack Snyder explained:
“We are playing him 45 or 46. He has been Batman for 20 years. All the history is there. Was there a Robin at one time? Possibly. 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. He’s having a crisis of conscience. ‘Am I really just a vigilante who stalks the alleys of Gotham?’ It is rich stuff that he deals with. Ben does an amazing job.”
Additionally, Snyder confirmed the role of The Dark Knight on Suicide Squad, as he was the one who put all the faces of the entire Task Force X behind bars on Belle Reve Penitentiary.
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice opens in theaters March 25, 2016.