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Zack Snyder on how Robin's fate helped to shape Ben Affleck's Batman

03.31.2016

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Many of you have already been to see BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE by now and have no doubt spent the past week discussing each and every detail about the film. Although this was something which we were aware of before the film was released, one small sequence of BATMAN V SUPERMAN revealed that Bruce Wayne (Ben Affleck) keeps the costume of his former partner displayed in the Batcave, complete with graffiti courtesy of the Joker. While speaking with IGN, director Zack Snyder commented on his decision to kill off the character and the significance that event had on Ben Affleck's Batman.

In my mind, it was that Robin had died 10 years earlier, during some run in with a young Joker (Jared Leto). To me, it was a fun backstory there to play with. The whole idea was that there had been loss and sacrifice. In a weird way, he scarified everything to be Batman, right? He doesn’t really have a life outside of the cave. I thought by including Robin — a dead Robin — it would help us understand he’s been on quite a little journey.

Given that Ben Affleck's Batman will be making several more appearances in the DCEU, including both parts of JUSTICE LEAGUE as well as a potential solo Batman flick, it's entirely possible that we may yet witness this transformative event in Batman's history. Snyder's comments also seem to clear up a fan theory which has been making the rounds lately, one which postulated that Robin didn't actually die, but instead became the Joker.

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Extra Tidbit: I love that even in the dark and gritty universe of Batman v Superman, Robin still gets stuck with wearing shorts.
Source: IGN

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10:50PM on 03/31/2016
I assumed the "How many good guys are left? How many stayed that way?" scene was designed to, in hindsight, reveal some of the Robin/Joker/Red Hood stuff that will hopefully be coming in future Bat-films. I would love a series of films that all take place within that 20 year window Bruce mentions in that scene. Let all his JL appearances take place post BvS but show us how this Batman went from a disciplined, no-killing crusader into the grizzled, war-beaten vigilante we now have. Love
I assumed the "How many good guys are left? How many stayed that way?" scene was designed to, in hindsight, reveal some of the Robin/Joker/Red Hood stuff that will hopefully be coming in future Bat-films. I would love a series of films that all take place within that 20 year window Bruce mentions in that scene. Let all his JL appearances take place post BvS but show us how this Batman went from a disciplined, no-killing crusader into the grizzled, war-beaten vigilante we now have. Love Affleck's work so far, even though it's only been one film, and really can't wait for more.
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8:45PM on 03/31/2016
I'm actually glad that this confirms that the Joker is infact the Joker and not one of the old Robin's.

Even though it would have been cool to see a cool, more badass updated Robin in this new DCU, I love the direction that Snyder decided to go with this new interpretation of Bruce Wayne/Batman being grizzled, old, worn out, burnt, bitter, and just not giving a fuck for the most part. Gives this new Batman that much more of an edge over the previous films.
I'm actually glad that this confirms that the Joker is infact the Joker and not one of the old Robin's.

Even though it would have been cool to see a cool, more badass updated Robin in this new DCU, I love the direction that Snyder decided to go with this new interpretation of Bruce Wayne/Batman being grizzled, old, worn out, burnt, bitter, and just not giving a fuck for the most part. Gives this new Batman that much more of an edge over the previous films.
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9:22PM on 03/31/2016
I agree I like the jaded, PTSD Batman, and examines the mental toll crime fighting has taken on him.
I agree I like the jaded, PTSD Batman, and examines the mental toll crime fighting has taken on him.
8:25PM on 03/31/2016
Now that Batman has crossed the line that made him Batman and kills indiscriminately, how is the Red Hood story going to play out? Since it's entire story revolves around Batman not killing.
Now that Batman has crossed the line that made him Batman and kills indiscriminately, how is the Red Hood story going to play out? Since it's entire story revolves around Batman not killing.
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8:38PM on 03/31/2016
I'm assuming there not going to touch on the Red Hood story in the Cinematic Universal. For all we know that was Dick Graysons' uniform in the Batcave. Who knows how it is going to turn out.
I'm assuming there not going to touch on the Red Hood story in the Cinematic Universal. For all we know that was Dick Graysons' uniform in the Batcave. Who knows how it is going to turn out.
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