Minor spoilers from Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Proceed with caution if you haven’t seen the film.
It’s no secret by now whether you have seen Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice or not, as the trailers have shown a dark and grittier interpretation of the Dark Knight. While audiences gazed at Ben Affleck’s portrayal of the Batman, most may have been surprised to see Batman taking a few lives. I’m sure there are plenty of fans out there that have backlashed this very concept especially those who had a problem with Superman killing Zod at the end of Man of Steel. Whether fans like it or not, this Batman does present Affleck killing many criminals showing no sympathy in his work.
Some of the best scenes in the film include Affleck taking on plenty of Luthor’s mercenaries. The footage shows Batman stabbing many people, breaking a few necks, and also choosing to use their own weapons against them including GUNS. Yes, you read that right; guns.
Not to go too far into the comic book history of Batman, but he did at many points use guns to his advantage. It’s just that nowadays, people portray Batman not using any type of firearms including the “no killing” rule firmly established in Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy. All of the cinematic Batman’s and the television shows thus far, have had him saving lives and refusing to slaughter anyone. However Zack Snyder thought differently this time around, directing a film that will have audiences debate over for years to come.
There’s a very good reason however why Batman is the way he is. Charles Roven, producer on Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, recently gave his thoughts on why Batman does what he does:
“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?”
I’m sure Affleck’s Batman wasn’t always this way. The Joker was most likely the culprit who eventually lead him down this darker path. We know from the film that Joker was the one who killed Robin and Bruce Wayne constantly looks on at his suit as a way of remembering his partner. Not a day goes by for Bruce that he doesn’t feel the hatred built up inside of him.
Roven continues on in the interview saying:
“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.”
The Batman character has been around for many years so it should come as no surprise if fans have an issue with this Batman. This Bruce Wayne has been through a lot and is tired of all the crime in Gotham as well as the world. He has a lot of rage built up inside of him and is ready to unleash it on all the criminals he takes on. He doesn’t care anymore about taking lives, just as long as it gets the job done.
What is your take on this new interpretation of Batman? After hearing Charles Roven voice his thoughts, do you have a different opinion on the matter? I’d like to hear your thoughts in the comment section below and please share!