Batman v Superman will bring us yet another Batman, the Dark Knight, but will Zack Snyder’s be the best version yet?
The much-talked-about Ben Affleck casting as Batman for Batman v Superman seems to be a thing of the past, as we have seen footage and new stills of the actor, clad in the awesome new suit Snyder and co. came up with. To say that it looks good would be an understatement.
Those who criticized Snyder for choosing Affleck to play Batman seem to be having second thoughts. From what we have seen, the casting — in regards to the plotline — seems to be perfect. Now, it remains to be seen whether Affleck can deliver. So far, so good.
Empire Magazine features Affleck and Henry Cavill (Superman) on the cover of their most recent issue — along with stunning new images — and the magazine also has an interesting interview with Snyder and Affleck. Snyder once again addresses Batman’s older age in Batman v Superman and says he is 45- or 46-years-old.
“He has been Batman for 20 years. All the history is there. Was there a Robin at one time? Possibly. He has lost those near and dear to him, and not necessarily from old age [or] disease…”
Affleck also addresses his thoughts on being cast as an older version of Batman in Batman v Superman and how he had to be convinced this was a good idea.
“Initially I thought, ‘I’m older, it doesn’t seem like the right sort of fit for me,’. Then Zack pitched me his concept for this older, more broken, kind of f***ed 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.”
In the interview, Snyder also discussed Superman’s role in the story and how his choice to show himself, as the alien from Krypton, affects Batman. The director once again praises Affleck’s performance.
“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.”
Are you excited to see Ben Affleck’s version of Batman in Batman v Superman?
[Image via Warner Bros.]