Ben Affleck Reveals New Details About the Opening Scene of ‘Batman v Superman’

By October 23, 2015

One of the biggest complaints that people had about Man of Steel was the way that Superman practically leveled Metropolis in his battle against Zod in the film, without appearing to have any thought about people’s safety or the buildings he was toppling in quick succession. It seems like the reaction audiences had may have actually helped next year’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice though, as Batman’s (Ben Affleck) main motivation to take down Supes in the film will relate back to the sheer destruction he caused in the previous film.

The trailer revealed at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con showed footage of the fight scene at the end of Man of Steel from Bruce Wayne’s perspective too, as he watched on in horror and rage as Wayne Enterprises was quickly destroyed, and hundreds of people were likely killed. It’s an intriguing direction to take the character in, and an even more unique way to introduce him to the DC Cinematic Universe, as fans will get to see a pure rage from Batman that I don’t think we’ve seen onscreen before.

While speaking with Total Film too as a part of their newest Batman v Superman-themed magazine issue, Affleck revealed that the destruction from Man of Steel will actually open the film, acting as the inciting incident for everything that follows throughout. Check out his full quote below:

“What happens there is one of Bruce’s buildings gets destroyed and he’s trying to save all the people inside the building and he can’t. So he is this angry person who fears what Superman may do. Why are they just going to trust this super-powered alien? What if he does decide to turn against us?

He’s found himself in a place of harboring a tremendous amount of rage for Superman. So it’s how he got there, and what that’s done to him, and what that’s done to people around him like Alfred, who are, I think, very scared and worried for him. It’s something that’s interesting and new.”

Not only does this provide a much clearer picture when it comes to the film’s timeline and sequence of events for fans, it also backs up some previous theories about Batman’s mindset in the film and the way characters like Jeremy Irons’ Alfred and possibly Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman will react to his sudden taste for vengeance as well. No matter what, it seems like Batman v Superman will find the Dark Knight in a place cinematically, that hasn’t been explored in a film before.

Affleck also commented for the first time on some of the previous rumors and reports that have pointed towards him directing a standalone Batman film sometime down the line, that comic writer Geoff Johns has also been rumored to be involved in:

“If I could make it work, yeah, Obviously that would be like a dream. The trick is, as to any movie, is to make sure that you – if you’re going to direct it – that you can make it good. You’ve got to have the right idea and the right take on it… Broadly speaking, it’s something I’d be open to, for sure. It’s a very exciting idea.”

Despite some fans’ lack of excitement concerning Affleck’s casting as the character, the possibility of him directing a Batman film has seemed to be universally loved by comic book readers, after his work on films like Argo, The Town, and Gone Baby Gone have proven him to be one of the best directors working today. He’d also be able to make a Batman film that would be different from Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy, without sacrificing those films’ quality as well, and he seems like a perfect choice to take over for the franchise now.

Nothing is confirmed of course, but depending on how well his portrayal of the character is received – Affleck’s work with DC might just end up being a match made in (unexpected) Heaven.

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is set to hit theatres on March 25th, 2016.

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Alex Welch

Alex Welch

Alex dreams of meeting a girl with a yellow umbrella, and spends too much time* staring at a movie screen. His vocabulary consists mostly of movie quotes and 80s song lyrics. *Debatable