Taking on the iconic role of the Dark Knight is enough to give any actor pause. However, for Ben Affleck he needed to be talked into it by director Zack Snyder when it was explained that this would be a very different Batman.
Talking to Empire Magazine, Ben Affleck said, “Initially I thought, ‘I’m older, it doesn’t seem like the right sort of fit for me. Then Zack pitched me his concept for this older, more broken, kind of f—d up Batman. It was something we haven’t seen. We have seen that Batman is willing to cross the line to protect people. That vigilantism has been a part of his character all along, and we are tapping into that mentality when faced by something as potentially as deadly as Superman.”
It has been confirmed that Affleck’s Batman is easily in his mid-forties and has pretty much given up crime fighting. The latest trailer also suggests that sometime before this movie Batman may have even lost his crime-fighting partner, Robin, all compliments of The Joker. Now with the terrible destruction having taken place as seen in Man Of Steel Affleck’s Bruce Wayne decides it’s time to wear the cowl one more time to face Superman.
Also talking to Empire, Snyder said, “He is a paradigm shift for Batman: ‘I’ve been fighting criminals all my life, trying to find justice, and now I am confronted with a concept that is transcendent to me.’ In the face of Superman, a man robbing a bank doesn’t matter.”
“He’s having a crisis of conscience,” Snyder added. “‘Am I really just a vigilante who stalks the alleys of Gotham?’”
Snyder also teased in Empire how all of the DC movies are going to be fitting together, that Batman is responsible for having all of the super villains who make up the Suicide Squad in the high security prison Belle Reve, and that Batman vs. Superman: Dawn Of Justice is the first movie in a huge arc while span multiple DC superhero movies, culminating in the upcoming Justice League movie.