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Ben Affleck and Zack Snyder talk their "old, broken, and f**ked up" Batman

07.29.2015

From what we've seen so far, Ben Affleck will be giving us a Batman/Bruce Wayne unlike any of his predecessors; however when Ben Affleck was first offered the role of Batman in BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE he initially thought that he would not be the right fit for the role due to his age. Empire's latest issue features quite the spread on the upcoming film, including Ben Affleck's explanation on just how director Zack Snyder pitched the role to him:

Then [director Zack Snyder] pitched me his concept for this older, more broken, kind of f—ed 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.

The Batman in BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE will be around 45-46 years old and has operated as the Dark Knight for twenty years. Having lost nearly everyone near and dear to him by that point, Bruce Wayne finds himself “having a crisis of conscience” once he becomes aware of Superman's existence. Zack Snyder elaborates:

We want to assume that Batman has reached this point in his life and career as a superhero, and Superman represents a sort of philosophical change, 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.

Zack Snyder also mentions that BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE will be the first part of a storyline which ties all the members of the Justice League, in addition to the Suicide Squad, together:

What we are doing is ground up all the way. It is one giant story, the first thing we had was the Justice League concept. The other movies, in a way, have to support that. That is our Wonder Woman, our Aquaman. They have their own creative concepts that supports them, but they do serve Justice League in the coming together of those heroes.

I've definitely got my fingers crossed that BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE will succeed, as do Warner Bros. no doubt as they've got quite a lot riding on its success. Courtesy of Batman News, lets finish off with some high-res versions of many of the photos which were released this morning, check 'em out!

BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE opens on March 25, 2016.

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12:58AM on 07/31/2015

Love it.

This isn't going to be a run of the mill Batman.
This isn't going to be a run of the mill Batman.
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1:19PM on 07/30/2015
Spoiler....Jena Malone's character (Robin?) dies in the collapsing building that Bruce Wayne is running towards. He is on the phone with her and probably hears her die. That's enough to piss off the Pope and now Batman wants a piece of that Alien!!
Spoiler....Jena Malone's character (Robin?) dies in the collapsing building that Bruce Wayne is running towards. He is on the phone with her and probably hears her die. That's enough to piss off the Pope and now Batman wants a piece of that Alien!!
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12:25PM on 07/30/2015

I'm not digging how Bruce is old when he first meets Superman...

Bruce and Clark are supposed to have this weird relationship where they are the same age but their "normal" lives are almost night and day. Bruce is the playboy while Clark is the good 'ole boy from Kansas. Now it's night and day because Bruce is old enough to be a grandfather and Clark just got to the age of needing glasses...
Bruce and Clark are supposed to have this weird relationship where they are the same age but their "normal" lives are almost night and day. Bruce is the playboy while Clark is the good 'ole boy from Kansas. Now it's night and day because Bruce is old enough to be a grandfather and Clark just got to the age of needing glasses...
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1:26PM on 07/30/2015
Jeremy Renner (44)
Bautista (46)
Paul Rudd (46)
RDJ (50)
Paul Bettany (46)
Don Cheadle (50)
Mark Ruffalo (47)

Ben Affleck (42....40 at the time of filming BvS)

have a nice day.
Jeremy Renner (44)
Bautista (46)
Paul Rudd (46)
RDJ (50)
Paul Bettany (46)
Don Cheadle (50)
Mark Ruffalo (47)

Ben Affleck (42....40 at the time of filming BvS)

have a nice day.
10:50AM on 07/30/2015

That's all well and good...

...I just want an engaging story.
...I just want an engaging story.
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10:39AM on 07/30/2015
I don't get this... they redesigned Batman's suit so it would look like a more traditional cloth superhero suit which is fine. But then they show us that it can stand perfectly on its own without anybody in it, muscles and all... Should it not be just hanging on the wall or folded in a drawer somewhere? Cause on this picture of Wayne looking at it, it looks more like a sculpture than a spandex suit.
I don't get this... they redesigned Batman's suit so it would look like a more traditional cloth superhero suit which is fine. But then they show us that it can stand perfectly on its own without anybody in it, muscles and all... Should it not be just hanging on the wall or folded in a drawer somewhere? Cause on this picture of Wayne looking at it, it looks more like a sculpture than a spandex suit.
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1:27PM on 07/30/2015
uhhhhhhhhh there are just some things that don't look good on screen pal and a suit stuffed in a drawer doesn't

man some losers whining about everything
uhhhhhhhhh there are just some things that don't look good on screen pal and a suit stuffed in a drawer doesn't

man some losers whining about everything
11:00AM on 07/31/2015
Yeah, opening a bureau isn't exactly cinematic.
Yeah, opening a bureau isn't exactly cinematic.
6:23AM on 07/30/2015
May have missed this, but why are there folds and creases in Batman's suit? Have they gone back to spandex or something?
May have missed this, but why are there folds and creases in Batman's suit? Have they gone back to spandex or something?
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6:12AM on 07/30/2015
It really does make me think even more that they should have put in a solid Batman reference in Man of Steel to support this notion that there's been a vigilante around for 20 years. I still maintain WB's were just not sure if Man of Steel would succeed and so didn't start laying proper references to other characters in their first effort (other than that Wayne satellite blink or you'll miss it scene) The Lex Corp tanker didn't do anything for me since that's Superman's world anyway. How
It really does make me think even more that they should have put in a solid Batman reference in Man of Steel to support this notion that there's been a vigilante around for 20 years. I still maintain WB's were just not sure if Man of Steel would succeed and so didn't start laying proper references to other characters in their first effort (other than that Wayne satellite blink or you'll miss it scene) The Lex Corp tanker didn't do anything for me since that's Superman's world anyway. How hard could it have been to achieve some passing reference, whether it was a newspaper headline in the background of a Daily Planet scene or even someone talking about Superman as a force for good...not like that 'nut' from Gotham (like an amusing scene that played out in the animated Superman series). I really hope this movie is everything I had hoped Man of Steel would be...fingers tightly crossed.
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6:50AM on 07/30/2015
There's actually another reference where there's a "Keep Calm and Call Batman" poster in the building where Zod and Superman are fighting.
There's actually another reference where there's a "Keep Calm and Call Batman" poster in the building where Zod and Superman are fighting.
2:07PM on 07/30/2015
there is also the Wayne Enterprises logo on the Satellite.
there is also the Wayne Enterprises logo on the Satellite.
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5:39AM on 07/30/2015

For the love of God...

STOP OVERTHINKING THIS. Seriously.
STOP OVERTHINKING THIS. Seriously.
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12:06PM on 07/30/2015
Just enjoy the damn movie!
Just enjoy the damn movie!
2:09AM on 07/30/2015
Affleck looks really good in this. Good work, buddy.
Affleck looks really good in this. Good work, buddy.
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1:04AM on 07/30/2015
You know... looking at the pic of Bruce Wayne looking at the Bat suit you have to wonder.. How does he get into it?
You know... looking at the pic of Bruce Wayne looking at the Bat suit you have to wonder.. How does he get into it?
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12:41AM on 07/30/2015
Photoshop fail in the 3rd pic with Amy Adams ass. Desk is slightly warped.
Photoshop fail in the 3rd pic with Amy Adams ass. Desk is slightly warped.
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1:03AM on 07/30/2015
Dork.
Dork.
6:52AM on 07/30/2015
I think you've been staring at the picture too hard
I think you've been staring at the picture too hard
11:36PM on 07/29/2015
I'm still skeptical about this movie. I really loved what Nolan and Bale did with Batman/Bruce Wayne. And I also loved what Burton and Keaton did. I'm keeping an open mind about Snyder and Affleck and a new take on the character, but Man of Steel was a bit of let down, so I don't want to get my hopes up.
I'm still skeptical about this movie. I really loved what Nolan and Bale did with Batman/Bruce Wayne. And I also loved what Burton and Keaton did. I'm keeping an open mind about Snyder and Affleck and a new take on the character, but Man of Steel was a bit of let down, so I don't want to get my hopes up.
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11:24PM on 07/29/2015
If Affleck and everything Batman related looks this great, then just imagine what Affleck will be able to do while helming his own solo film. It'll be great to see a much bigger, and psychological side of Bruce than just seeing him as the playboy billionaire that really hasn't been explored that deep before in the previous interpretations of the character. The fact that he's already older, grizzled, and battle worn should give this new interpretation a huge advantage in delivering a Batman that
If Affleck and everything Batman related looks this great, then just imagine what Affleck will be able to do while helming his own solo film. It'll be great to see a much bigger, and psychological side of Bruce than just seeing him as the playboy billionaire that really hasn't been explored that deep before in the previous interpretations of the character. The fact that he's already older, grizzled, and battle worn should give this new interpretation a huge advantage in delivering a Batman that could possibly be the best version yet.
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11:19PM on 07/29/2015
This Batman will be the most badass version of the character yet. Ben looks great in the suit, veryyyy intimidating.
This Batman will be the most badass version of the character yet. Ben looks great in the suit, veryyyy intimidating.
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11:16PM on 07/29/2015
I am so excited for this movie but we have almost an entire year until this comes out. With everything that we have seen it seems like it's a month or 2 from being released.
I am so excited for this movie but we have almost an entire year until this comes out. With everything that we have seen it seems like it's a month or 2 from being released.
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11:07PM on 07/29/2015
More Eff Up Batman - I'm sold.
More Eff Up Batman - I'm sold.
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10:31PM on 07/29/2015

They've convinced me.....

I was really anti-Batfleck when it was announced, but he looks so great in the role and I love the concept they're shooting for that they have convinced me. Ben looks great as Bruce and even better as the Bat. Plus the way they're approaching it is really interesting. I'm kind of disappointed he's not younger because there's a limited shelf-life of this story (then comes another reboot), but at the same time it's a fascinating story.

I am officially cautiously optimistic.

Although
I was really anti-Batfleck when it was announced, but he looks so great in the role and I love the concept they're shooting for that they have convinced me. Ben looks great as Bruce and even better as the Bat. Plus the way they're approaching it is really interesting. I'm kind of disappointed he's not younger because there's a limited shelf-life of this story (then comes another reboot), but at the same time it's a fascinating story.

I am officially cautiously optimistic.

Although the Fantastic Four is still going to suck. Fox has embargoed reviews until 24 hours before it's released, which means the critics are going to destroy it.
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11:16PM on 07/29/2015
That doesn't necessarily mean it'll suck. Plenty of big films have 24 hour embargoes. The real sign that a movie will suck is if they don't allow critics to view the film prior to release.
That doesn't necessarily mean it'll suck. Plenty of big films have 24 hour embargoes. The real sign that a movie will suck is if they don't allow critics to view the film prior to release.
8:52AM on 07/30/2015
Not sure of how limited of a shelf-life there needs to be before there's a reboot. This Batman, at least the solo stories, seem to be setting up a story with Robin. I get a feeling that they'll be getting into the Under the Red Hood storyline in a solo movie as there have been rumours that Red Hood is a top priority for WB/DC right now. Perhaps move into Son of Batman. And then into either RIP of Endgame to "kill off Bruce". They'll then recast with Dick Grayson in the lead and Damian as
Not sure of how limited of a shelf-life there needs to be before there's a reboot. This Batman, at least the solo stories, seem to be setting up a story with Robin. I get a feeling that they'll be getting into the Under the Red Hood storyline in a solo movie as there have been rumours that Red Hood is a top priority for WB/DC right now. Perhaps move into Son of Batman. And then into either RIP of Endgame to "kill off Bruce". They'll then recast with Dick Grayson in the lead and Damian as Robin. That's my prediction/hope for what they'll do long-term.
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