It is no lie that when we first heard of Ben Affleck being Batman millions of people were angry. When we first saw the suit, millions of people were still angry. However, when it finally came to seeing it all in action, particularly in the most recent trailer, we realised something: This Batman could likely be the best we’ve seen on screen. His voice is perfect, his suit fits the style and personality of the film and his weaponry is just fantastic. Perhaps the decision to cast him wasn’t so bad after all.
Ben Affleck gave a few hints to Entertainment Weekly on his role in the film: “Batman represents human beings, mortal men, In a world of Flashes and Aquamen and Supermen, there needs to be that guy. It’s interesting that he became the leader of the Justice League in the books – I’m not sure how that will play out here – but his humanity is also an asset.”
Batman is not meant to be a simple and comedic character. He is meant to be hard and violent with a dark past and a brooding, unsocial personality. Yet his friendship with Alfred pennyworth is what has given him a sense of morality.
Jeremy Irons, who plays Pennyworth, spoke about his character too: “Alfred is a lot more hands on in our film that he has previously been. He’s a bit of a grease monkey, and he’s very involved in the decisions Bruce makes.”
Alfred Pennyworths origins come from his time in the army. For many incarnations Alfred is portrayed as an old, relatively passive man who is a moral compass for Bruce but rarely gets involved. It seems Irons’ Alfred is on course to be similar to that of the television series Gotham. One where we can expect him to be proper and polite but not afraid to fight and wield a gun where needed.
This is of course speculation but I personally love the idea of an active Alfred. His comic book past has proven he is a tough and powerful man, and perhaps just the right level of force needed to knock Affleck’s Batman into shape.
A brief synopsis of the film has also emerged: “Fearing the actions of a god-like super hero left unchecked, Gotham City’s own formidable, forceful vigilante takes on Metropolis’s most revered, modern-day savior, while the world wrestles with what sort of hero it really needs. And with Batman and Superman at war with one another, a new threat quickly arises, putting mankind in greater danger than it’s ever known before.”
Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice is set for release on 25th March 2016