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The Dark Knight's age in Batman v Superman is now confirmed

Aug. 11, 2014by:

Through set photos and the brief looks at his suits from the Comic Con teaser and the officially released stills, many have theorized that the Batman character appearing in BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE will the be old, grizzled crimefighter seen in comics like The Dark Knight Returns. Part of that stems from Zack Snyder's reference to the famous comic during last year's Comic Con announcement of the film, but we have yet to hear anything official.

The casting of Ben Affleck, himself 41 years old, may have made this news anticlimactic, but Affleck's physical appearance could pass for most mid-thirties roles. However, BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE producer Michael Uslan has gone ahead and confirmed for us how old Bruce Wayne will be in next year's blockbuster.

So, this [controversial superhero casting] has happened time and again, and it happened with Affleck. To go back to the original thought of Bruce Wayne in his mid-40s, I think hes going to be extraordinary.

The set photos floating around online have shown Affleck sporting greying hair, presumably to make him slightly older. I find it interesting they would go for someone this age since it limits the longevity of his solo franchise, especially with some not foreseeing a solo Batman movie until 2019 at the earliest. But, it does leave the door open for a more unique dynamic between the DC heroes than we have seen so far. It could also possibly be why Affleck signed on, knowing his time in the cowl wouldn't stretch as long as it would for an actor fifteen years his junior. Hopefully this works on screen as well as it has in the comics.

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

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9:12AM on 08/12/2014
It will be interesting when Batman gets his own movie in the DCCU, with him being a seasoned character and all. I think they should not go around jumping times, as it could confuse people. Luckily, Batman does have a wealth of content that the future director can use
It will be interesting when Batman gets his own movie in the DCCU, with him being a seasoned character and all. I think they should not go around jumping times, as it could confuse people. Luckily, Batman does have a wealth of content that the future director can use
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8:35AM on 08/12/2014

Age aside.

We all know that a big complaint is that every new franchise has to do an origin story blah, blah, blah. Well I hope people are going to be happy with no story, as it looks like they are simply going to skip over the majority of their lives and just drop us in someplace and expect us to take on faith what happened in the past. Oh Superman is loved now, he killed millions of people but believe us in the last 10 years off camera he has done great things, and everyone loves him now ROFL. Oh and
We all know that a big complaint is that every new franchise has to do an origin story blah, blah, blah. Well I hope people are going to be happy with no story, as it looks like they are simply going to skip over the majority of their lives and just drop us in someplace and expect us to take on faith what happened in the past. Oh Superman is loved now, he killed millions of people but believe us in the last 10 years off camera he has done great things, and everyone loves him now ROFL. Oh and here is an old Batman that has had wondrous adventures, in the past, but now he's going to fight Superman! That's even more ridiculous. So whats the next movie going to be about, the collapse of the Justice League, they have had a long 20 year run but forces beyond their control are destroying the League from within, cue fog horn!!!!!!
The fact that they want us to just ignore the first movie is just a huge middle finger to the audience, I will be voting with my wallet come release.
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9:28AM on 08/12/2014
What are you talking about? The film takes place no more than 2 years after MoS. And Batman doesn't need an origin story...at all. The whole world knows who he is. WW will be the only one getting an intro.

Or are you just one of those people looking for any reason to hate the film before you even see it. Yep, just wanting to hate it.
What are you talking about? The film takes place no more than 2 years after MoS. And Batman doesn't need an origin story...at all. The whole world knows who he is. WW will be the only one getting an intro.

Or are you just one of those people looking for any reason to hate the film before you even see it. Yep, just wanting to hate it.
9:40AM on 08/12/2014
The film hasn't come out, so I don't think that anyone knows what the movie is about. Maybe Bruce thinks that Superman is a villain after seeing all the destruction, or maybe is just going to be shit, either way you can't criticize something that doesn't exist.
The film hasn't come out, so I don't think that anyone knows what the movie is about. Maybe Bruce thinks that Superman is a villain after seeing all the destruction, or maybe is just going to be shit, either way you can't criticize something that doesn't exist.
7:22PM on 08/12/2014
Something tells me you've never picked up a comic book in your life. In the Dark Knight mini series done by Frank Miller, Batman has fought against Superman. If I were you I pick up a comic book before running your foolish mouth off.
Something tells me you've never picked up a comic book in your life. In the Dark Knight mini series done by Frank Miller, Batman has fought against Superman. If I were you I pick up a comic book before running your foolish mouth off.
6:26AM on 08/13/2014
I love morons commenting about stuff they ain't clued up on.
I love morons commenting about stuff they ain't clued up on.
8:21AM on 08/12/2014
What I hope is that DC/WB gets that you can tell any Batman story you want without having to do a reboot that explains everything from scratch each time. Tell any story you want about any of your heroes - whatever age, whatever costume, whatever mood - just tell great stories instead of the constant origin and minimal character development cycles that movies often get stuck in. They could have a Batman Year One (or Zero) franchise running alongside a grizzled old Batman series if they wanted -
What I hope is that DC/WB gets that you can tell any Batman story you want without having to do a reboot that explains everything from scratch each time. Tell any story you want about any of your heroes - whatever age, whatever costume, whatever mood - just tell great stories instead of the constant origin and minimal character development cycles that movies often get stuck in. They could have a Batman Year One (or Zero) franchise running alongside a grizzled old Batman series if they wanted - I don't think people are too dumb to accept that.
I'm keen to see how this Batman v Superman film turns out. With luck they'll knock it out of the park.
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9:09PM on 08/11/2014
I hope they acknowledge the history of the character's family (the rumour of a Jason Todd costume memorial is very encouraging) and build towards showcasing a fully-formed Bat-family in future solo Batman films.
I hope they acknowledge the history of the character's family (the rumour of a Jason Todd costume memorial is very encouraging) and build towards showcasing a fully-formed Bat-family in future solo Batman films.
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6:55PM on 08/11/2014
Fine by me. Everything that we've seen of him on set and have heard details about have all been great. Plus, he looked badass especially in the new Batsuit. I think he'll make a fine Bruce Wayne and Batman and will be the best one since Keaton.

I also think that Affleck is very fortunate as well that they are using inspiration from the Dark Knight Returns, which we all know is one of the most iconic, best Batman stories out there.

So I really can't wait to see him don the cowl and take
Fine by me. Everything that we've seen of him on set and have heard details about have all been great. Plus, he looked badass especially in the new Batsuit. I think he'll make a fine Bruce Wayne and Batman and will be the best one since Keaton.

I also think that Affleck is very fortunate as well that they are using inspiration from the Dark Knight Returns, which we all know is one of the most iconic, best Batman stories out there.

So I really can't wait to see him don the cowl and take names. And hopefully he gets to direct his own Batman film as well.
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6:48PM on 08/11/2014

if they wanted an old bruce wayne who fought crime in the 90's.

should have gotten Michael Keaton.

just kidding. i'm cool with Batfleck. and as a commentor below pointed out, he does bear a striking resemblance to TAS bruce wayne.
should have gotten Michael Keaton.

just kidding. i'm cool with Batfleck. and as a commentor below pointed out, he does bear a striking resemblance to TAS bruce wayne.
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7:44PM on 08/12/2014
You wanna get nuts?? Lets get NUTS!
You wanna get nuts?? Lets get NUTS!
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6:28PM on 08/11/2014

hmmmm

Mid 40's? Well i guess that cancels out the rumor that he'll have been Batman for 30 aught years (and some how still completely clandestine no less) so far, unless he started when he was 15.....
Mid 40's? Well i guess that cancels out the rumor that he'll have been Batman for 30 aught years (and some how still completely clandestine no less) so far, unless he started when he was 15.....
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6:34PM on 08/11/2014
that was people being idiots and saying hed be like 50 or 55. Gimme a break
that was people being idiots and saying hed be like 50 or 55. Gimme a break
4:45PM on 08/11/2014

My Favorite Thing about Ben Affleck being cast is that

he looks EXACTLY like this

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he looks EXACTLY like this

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4:44PM on 08/11/2014

nice.

This works perfectly for the future justice league films. Where batman can call the shots from for behind the lines and stepping out when needs must.
Also they cam easily make affleck look a few years younger to have batman films take place before these these flicks. And tbh that's quite a smart way of dealing with the whole well the justice league could just step in to save the day chants that would get tossed around, like people said about iron man 3 and Thor.
This works perfectly for the future justice league films. Where batman can call the shots from for behind the lines and stepping out when needs must.
Also they cam easily make affleck look a few years younger to have batman films take place before these these flicks. And tbh that's quite a smart way of dealing with the whole well the justice league could just step in to save the day chants that would get tossed around, like people said about iron man 3 and Thor.
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4:16PM on 08/11/2014

You guys arent thinking clearly

you're acting like hes going to be the age he is when the movie is released.

hes 41 now but the movie is out in 2016,
he'll be 42 when filming JL
he'll be 44-45 filming for THE Batman etc
you're acting like hes going to be the age he is when the movie is released.

hes 41 now but the movie is out in 2016,
he'll be 42 when filming JL
he'll be 44-45 filming for THE Batman etc
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4:20PM on 08/11/2014
for example, im 28 now but i'll be 30 when BvS is coming out. Just like Ben is 41 and will be 43 when BvS is released. etc.
for example, im 28 now but i'll be 30 when BvS is coming out. Just like Ben is 41 and will be 43 when BvS is released. etc.
4:46PM on 08/11/2014
Also like i say above. Affleck could easily be made to look late 30s early 40s when he would be taking down criminals in his prime. Which is actually pretty smart.
Also like i say above. Affleck could easily be made to look late 30s early 40s when he would be taking down criminals in his prime. Which is actually pretty smart.
4:50PM on 08/11/2014
Absolutely, because itll give him some time to get even bigger AND leaner. Which would be inline with a younger Bruce.
Absolutely, because itll give him some time to get even bigger AND leaner. Which would be inline with a younger Bruce.
4:56PM on 08/11/2014
You know it sir, good times a head.
You know it sir, good times a head.
4:06PM on 08/11/2014
After The Town, I have tons of faith in Affleck. He's going to own this part.
After The Town, I have tons of faith in Affleck. He's going to own this part.
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4:05PM on 08/11/2014
Works for me.
Works for me.
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4:00PM on 08/11/2014
Mid 40s? I guess Batman's going to be around 60 by the time they get around to introducing some of the other big screen DC heroes?
Mid 40s? I guess Batman's going to be around 60 by the time they get around to introducing some of the other big screen DC heroes?
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