If you haven’t seen Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice yet then we advise that you stop reading right about now.
In Batman v Superman, the Dark Knight breaks one of his biggest rules. Yep, we’re thinking of that scene when he is fighting off thugs left right and centre in a bid to save Superman’s mother. Batfleck certainly isn’t afraid to use whatever means necessary to save her and he even resorts to opening fire on people. So it looks like Zack Snyder’s Dark Knight isn’t afraid to kill those who get in his way.
Before you read on, you might want to read what Zack Snyder himself has to say about his murderous take of the Dark Knight first (here).
In Batman’s previous outings on the big screen, we’re thinking about Christopher Nolan’s trilogy in particular here, he doesn’t seem to directly kill anyone instead he watches on as they meet their demise by falling foul of their own traps.
Producer Charles Roven spoke to CinemaBlend, revealing the reason behind the change in Batman’s behaviour: “I think that it just came about that this particular Batman, he’s been jaded by the process. There’s a really amazing line in the movie, ‘20 years in Gotham, how many good guys are left? How many stayed that way?’ And let’s face it, he’s a very damaged guy… We see Robin is not around. The character has evolved, and he’s definitely a more brutal guy, and we wanted him to be right on that edge, right on that razor. And he has to be on the razor’s edge, or why would he get Superman’s attention?”
What this seems to imply then, is that Batman didn’t actually feel the need to kill his enemies until The Joker got personal and killed Robin. Of course the ironic thing is that The Joker may or may not actually be Jason Todd. Either way, it’s an interesting insight into a much darker side to Batman.
Roven also added that in light of Batman’s new behaviour, we will find ourselves questioning whether or not we actually like him and if in fact we should like him: “So we felt that that was good, and also we felt that he’s a guy that you still would understand, because you admire him, but you also feel bad for him. He’s a compelling character. You want to spend time with him. You may not want him as your best friend.”
So, what do you think? Is this justification enough for Batman’s actions in this movie? Let us know…