[Warning: spoilers for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice are contained in this article.]
A whole host of new information regarding Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice has been released, with director Zack Snyder confirming that Ben Affleck’s titular vigilante has already fought every member of Suicide Squad before the blockbuster, while he also teased the death of Robin, too.
Speaking to Empire Magazine, via Comic Book Movie, Snyder confirmed the speculation that Batman had already fought both Jared Leto’s Joker and Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn before both Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice and Suicide Squad. These rumors had amassed following the release of Suicide Squad and BvS‘s trailers earlier this month.
But it didn’t stop there, because Snyder then went on to confirm that Batman has also fought and captured every other super villain in Suicide Squad. This includes Deadshot (Will Smith), The Joker (Jared Leto), Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie), Rick Flag (Joel Kinnaman), Captain Boomerang (Jai Courtney), Enchantress (Cara Delevingne), and Killer Croc (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje).
This will probably have more implications when it comes to Suicide Squad rather than Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice, because in the former, Ben Affleck’s vigilante is set to share the screen with the cavalcade of villains that he has spent decades locking up.
What will throw even more tension and conflict into the mix is that one of the above was probably responsible for the death of Robin, too. During the same interview with Empire Magazine, Snyder talked about Affleck’s more mature version of Batman, explaining that he has been the caped crusader for 20 years, before then teasing the death of Robin.
“He has been Batman for 20 years. All the history is there. Was there a Robin at one time? Possibly.”
Producer Charles Roven then added, “He has lost those near and dear to him, and not necessarily from old age or disease…” Robin’s presence in Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice was previously confirmed when the Comic Con trailer was released for the film.
Another interesting revelation from Snyder, via Comic Book, regarding Affleck’s Batman is that the director also hinted that Batman will come across as the film’s “villain” — during its opening stages, at least.
However, he also explained that he’s tried to keep a neutral perspective, and ultimately the viewer will be the one to decide if he’s on Superman or Batman’s side. Snyer explained, “It’s a point of view thing. That is why Dawn Of Justice is the full title. What it does is allow us to start this conversation.”
The conversation will truly begin when Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice is released on March 25, while Suicide Squad will firmly join in the discussion when it follows on August 5, 2016.
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