“That’s how it starts. The fever. The rage. The feeling of powerlessness. That turns good men…cruel.”
The Dark Knight has been featured in the most films of any superhero we’ve seen on screen before. Plenty of actors have become the caped crusader with the most recent being Christian Bale from the Christopher Nolan Batman films. Now it’s time for the ‘Batfleck’ to helm the gadgets to Zach Snyders’ sequel to Man of Steel.
This Bruce Wayne will be a more complex character having helmed the Batsuit for quite some time now. In the middle of the trailer, we hear the words of Jeremy Irons speaking about what has happened to Bruce Wayne. The last part of the statement is what stands out to me the most: “The feeling of powerlessness. That turns good men, cruel.”
What could Alfred be alluding to here? Well, based on this statement it would seem that Mr. Wayne has had it rough over the course of the years. Calling Bruce “cruel” in this manner says a lot about his character. Even though we don’t know much about Bruce Wayne’s past, we can safely say that he is in much disarray. So let’s all explore “5 Ways Ben Afflecks’ Batman will be Different in this DC Cinematic Universe.”
1. Batman’s Weapons
We’ve seen plenty of weapons over the course of many films but you know what we haven’t seen yet? Machine guns strapped to the hood in front of his Batmobile. Now we don’t know what these guns are for (for all we know they could very well just be water guns) but based on the trailer, these guns KILL. If you look closely at the trailer, you will notice that Batman is firing his guns from the Batwing at unknown suspects. We also see an explosion with the Batmobile charging through debris. This is unlike the character of Batman as he is not one to trifle with guns. But clearly at this point in his life, he does not care. We don’t know what happened to Bruce, but I have a hunch it will be explained in detail throughout the film.
You can make an argument and say that Nolan’s Batman films had guns and missiles, however he did not use them to kill anyone only to make pathways that were not initially accessible. As I’ve said, based on this trailer it appears that Batman will be using his full arsenal of weapons as a motive to go on the offensive instead of the defensive.
2. The Batmobile
Before there was Christopher Nolan, the designs of the batmobile looked similar in style and shape. Then when Nolan came along, he transformed the batmobile into more of a tank like vehicle called the Tumbler. This gave fans a newer and fresher design of what we already became accustomed to. Zach Snyder was asked to make the batmobile a little different and the above picture is what we have to look forward to.
In my honest opinion, I am digging this brand new look. It’s sleeker and appears to go with a more traditional approach. I have high hopes for this model and I believe that longtime Batman fans will be proud of Snyder’s choice in the design.
3. Batman’s Suit
Based on the trailer, we see his suit hung up and doused with scars. There’s no telling how Batman received those scars, but one thing is certain; he has been in multiple fights over the course of his career. He also looks much more bulkier than ever before and probably more powerful. At the end of the teaser trailer, we get a glimpse of Batman’s suit that he will be fighting Superman with. This suit is a sure nod to Frank Miller’s graphic novel and will certainly please fans of the comic. Batman will surely give a fight to remember with the Man of Steel.
4. A More Sincere Batman
How can you possibly get more serious after Bale’s portrayal as Batman? Well, you bring in director Zach Snyder and you now have a darker story to the characters’ already dark past. Fans have experienced the Man of Steel’s darker tone, so now we get to see Bruce at the most opportune time. My favorite still from the ENTIRE trailer is Ben Afflecks’ facial expression as he stares down his batsuit not knowing if he’s doing the right thing.
This is rather scary and heartbreaking at the same time because we know Batman as a hero of Gotham and now he looks to be headed down the wrong path. Perhaps Jesse Eisenbergs’ Lex Luthor has a say in this? Maybe, maybe not. But one thing is certain: Batman will have to take down the “most powerful man in the world.”
5. Batman as the Aggressor
This is perhaps the most controversial and the one reason that will differentiate this Bruce Wayne from previous iterations of the character. Batman is well known for refusing to kill anyone as well as doing all he can to protect the city of Gotham. He cares deeply for the people and will now do ANYTHING to stop this opposing threat which in this case is the Man of Steel.
In the beginning of the trailer, we hear the government trying to come up with reasons on how to deal with this alien: “Is it really surprising that the most powerful man in the world should be a figure of controversy?” Some people view Superman as a Savior while others see him as a threat. In one piece, we hear civilians exclaim, “This is our planet!” We also hear a woman’s voice presumed to be a US Senator proclaim: “The world has been so caught up with what he COULD do that no one has asked what he SHOULD do.”
It seems as though Bruce will be HEAVILY influenced by society with both the cities of Gotham and Metropolis as well as the entire world. Lex Luthor will without a doubt have a MAJOR influence on Bruce Wayne as we hear him state in the trailer, “We know better now don’t we. Devils don’t come from Hell beneath us. No, they come from the sky.” As businessmen, Bruce and Lex will no doubt converge at some point in the film and try and take down this “menace.”
Luthor as we know from the comics is the “Joker” to Superman and will do whatever he can to destroy this “devil from the sky.” Batman will somehow be caught in between this mess as he doesn’t really know who to trust. The only man who will be of assistance to him the most is the man who has been the central father figure from the very beginning: Alfred J. Pennyworth. All Bruce wants is to do the right thing even it comes at a greater cost.
“Tell me. Do you bleed? You will.”
This version of Batman will be of a man who is corrupted and torn on what choices he should make. I am solely looking forward to this next incarnation of one of DC’s greatest superheroes. Even though we have much to learn about this version of the Dark Knight, I believe that fans will show much sympathy for our caped crusader. I cannot wait to see the fight between both of these titular heroes and what Zach Snyder will bring to the table this time around.
I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that it is quite possible, that Affleck could very well bring us the greatest Batman we’ve ever had on film. There’s not much to go by for now, but from these few shots we see of Affleck as Bruce as well as him in the batsuit, I can’t help but feel excited to see him take on this role.
In my opinion, Affleck has improved with every performance he puts on screen and this could very well be his best yet! Hopefully in the next trailer we will get to hear his official Batman voice, not the muddled one we hear while he’s wearing the suit to combat Superman. To all you haters out there I say this, “Give him a chance and judge his performance AFTER you watch the film, NOT prior.”
March may feel far away, but it is fast approaching. This film is my second most anticipated superhero film of 2016 (the first being Captain America: Civil War), and I have a hunch we are in for quite a treat. Snyder, the fate of our planet rests in your hands now.
Do YOU agree with my list? What other ways do you think this Batman will be different from the previous caped crusaders? Please sound off in the comments below and tell me what you think!
Some of the above photos are courtesy of Genius.com.