On Screen: Zack Snyder and Ben Affleck on Batman in Dawn of Justice

In a recent article for Empire Magazine Zack Snyder and Ben Affleck sat down to discuss who this Batman/Bruce Wayne is in the upcoming Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice film set to be released on March 25, 2016.

As we have all come to understand it would seem that this story has some adaptation of Frank Millers The Dark Knight.  When asked about the age of this Batman Snyder replied “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.”

Wait, Maybe a Robin? We since the newest trailer we can clearly see that at some point there was a Robin with in this universe and it is the understanding that Zack Snyder’s own son Eli Snyder.  Which Robin it is we don’t know and we are not sure.

Robin Costume

As the interview continued Affleck discussed the difference between the philosophies of Batman to Superman and how age plays a part “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 [bleep]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 a Superman.”

Afterwards Snyder spoke about what Batman would think when dealing with Superman, and how this aliens existence could change the way he will need to operate.

“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. 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.”



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