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Affleck talks Batman and his ‘more traditional’ role in Justice League

August 16th, 2017 by Marc Comments

A lot of people – myself included – loved Ben Affleck as Batman/Bruce Wayne in Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice but had issues with his murderous ways.

I know Batman doesn’t ALWAYS have the non-killing oath, but to me that was the essence of the character… he will do anything to get the job done EXCEPT take a life. He sends villains to prison/Arkham hurting but alive.


I loved the arc that he had in Batman V Superman’s Ultimate Edition (seriously, if you haven’t watched it, you really should), where his rage, including his hatred of Superman, had consumed him fully and driven him past the point of (almost) no return… leaving him with a road to redemption that would start in Justice League (or, more accurately, in the Suicide Squad mid-credit scene).

And now Ben Affleck has been talking about Batman’s journey in Justice League and how his being part of a team, having ‘friends’, puts him on a road that leads to possible salvation: “He’s put in this position of having to reach out, find other people, convincing them to do something.  Part of the drama of the movie is the question of whether or not the team is going to come together. It’s very different from the tenor of the last movie.”

Getting into the character himself, Affleck goes on: “BvS departed a little bit from the traditional Batman. He started out with all this rage directed at Superman, because of his coworkers who had died in the fight Superman had with Zod.

“He was holding on to a lot of anger, in a little bit of an irrational way. Whereas this is a much more traditional Batman. He’s heroic. He does things in his own way, but he wants to save people, help people.”

This sounds like the Batman we can look up to and hope beyond hope is waiting in the shadows to save us all: “This is more in keeping with the canon of how Batman’s usually been portrayed, and how he’s portrayed vis a vis the Justice League in the comics. This is more the Batman you would find if you opened up your average Batman comic book.”

Well, that makes us very happy and excited, indeed…

What about you all?

Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince, to face an even greater enemy. Together, Batman and Wonder Woman work quickly to find and recruit a team of metahumans to stand against this newly awakened threat. But despite the formation of this unprecedented league of heroes—Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg and The Flash—it may already be too late to save the planet from an assault of catastrophic proportions.

Source: EW

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Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….