The Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice movie trailer was released recently and there was also a French-to-English interview with Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill which gave some interesting information regarding their roles, costumes, and their characters’ belief systems. Some may find what is revealed from the interview comparable to that of the differing beliefs of Iron Man and Captain America in Captain America: Civil War, but that’s left for an entirely different conversation altogether.
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Now Cavill and Affleck give their take entailing their roles, experiences, and even how they would compare their current characters to previous incarnations. Starting with Affleck, he talks the Christian Bale version, according to Batman-News.
It appears that the Bale’s Batman, according to Affleck, is a character of which he neither wants to “emulate or compete” with as he feels that it’s a character that exists in its own world, its own universe. A world where no other superhero exists. The Dawn of Justice movie steps in the direction towards the Justice League films which, of course, includes multiple super (meta) humans. The Zack Snyder sequel introduces that by having both of them exist in the same universe as opposed to the Christopher Nolan version.
“My version is different, but remains faithful to the Batman mythology and all the themes associated with it. The other difference is that 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.”
Affleck also expressed how his Batman suit is rather accurate to Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns comic book. Most notably was how rather recognizable the armored version was manufactured. There’s also the ability for the crew to accommodate the suit for Ben so he could move easily during fight scenes.
The Batman v. Superman villainous protagonist, Lex Luthor, played by Jesse Eisenberg, is further explained by Affleck in regards to the combining of the screenwriter Chris Terrio and the acting abilities of Eisenberg. Affleck described them “as the meeting of the two great minds.” Not to mention, io9 reported that some viral marketing for Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice came by the way of a viral website promoting Luthor. He also mentioned that the film’s quality, mainly its ties into that of the villain, and cites Heath Ledger as an example.
“This type of film is only as good as its villain. That’s why The Dark Knight was so brilliant, because of Heath Ledger’s Joker.”
Most notably in Dawn of Justice is the comparison made to the”current world” considering that it’s not uncommon for movies these days to tend to run along the lines of making characters relatable to the audience. Though there aren’t lessons taught here, according to Affleck, the reality that there are consequences to one’s actions and the impact of fear is present.
“It’s also trying to show that there are real consequences to violence. When a building collapses, people die, and those are lives lost forever. This film also shows that fear is the enemy of us all. Fear brings out the worst in us.”
Next, Superman’s Henry Cavill was on deck, talking about his role, continued in Batman-News. It was discussed on how Kal-El has to now deal with a whole new set of problems, likely due to the destruction of the city when fighting General Zod. Some people tend look to him as a savior for humanity, others a nuisance.
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Cavill touted Superman and Batman being “two sides of the same coin,” and both tend to have their own way to reach the goal they need to, but with different methods to get it accomplished. This can lead to a turmoil of sorts.
“They’re two sides of the same coin. They have the same goal, but use very different methods to achieve it. Understandably, that leads them to clash with one another, and their conflict is a historic moment.”
Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice opens in theaters on March 25, 2016.
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