When Batman Begins arrived on screens it changed things. It was a new benchmark for what Batman was and how realistic he could be. Now that Ben Affleck has been cast in Zack Snyders’ Batman V. Superman the comparisons have been non-stop. Hell, one guy went as far as writing a gigantic fan theory that this WAS the Nolan universe and Ben Affleck wasn’t actually Batman but was Slade Wilson and Christian Bale was secretely still Batman and I can’t…..I just can’t even go there.
Talking to French Magazine Studio Cine Live (article VIA ComicBookMovie.com) Ben Affleck was asked what the difference between his and Nolan’s Batman. Bruce, I mean Ben responded:
I don’t want to compete with other incarnations, nor do I want to emulate them. Those versions belong in another universe. Christopher Nolan used his Batman to tell a finite story. My version is different, but remains faithful to the Batman mythology and all the themes associated with it. The other difference is that Nolan’s Batman isn’t part of a universe where other superheroes exist as well. Here…. because we’re working towards the Justice League…there’s Superman, and it’s a world populated with super beings. This situation generates an altogether new reality.
Great point. Everything is hyper Superhero now, there is no singular Gotham City outlook. Aliens exist. Superpowers exist and it’s a totally different world. Hell, even the original anthology didn’t really deal with super powers much. Shut up, Batman & Robin doesn’t count. This is all new Batman on film territory. Ben went on to talk about why his Batman differs so greatly from those before it as well as motives for wanting to beat down Superman:
Usually, the films show Batman starting off, or in the prime of his career. Here, you’re dealing with an older version, a guy at the end of his journey. He’ll find meaning in his own life during his conflict with Superman. He really thinks Superman is an existential menace, and he believes destroying him will be his legacy. We also play a bit more with the billionaire playboy side of the character. He lives that life at full tilt. He courts many women, owns many cars, and parties a lot. He does that as a way to fill the void in his soul. Moreover, past incarnations dealt with a straightforward search for justice. This time, Batman’s reasoning is clouded by frustration, bitterness and anger.
I like it! Please, please, please Zack Snyder don’t do an origin story flashback. For bats’ sake we know where he comes from and that his parents died. Lets get that old, broken down Frank Miller Batman on screen from the start. I also like the idea that we see more of a tormented yet party heavy Bruce Wayne and it’s to fill a void in his soul rather than just for appearances. See, there I go comparing the two again already. What an a-hole. Affleck went on to talk as well about the killer new bat suit:
I really like their design. They’re faithful to Frank Miller’s vision in The Dark Knight Returns comic. In fact the movie borrows a lot from that comic, as noted by our use of the massive and very symbolic battle armor. They’re pretty heavy and cumbersome in the end. The challenge was to create fight scenes where I could move with ease, which is tough. The suits have to look cool and be functional at the same time. One thing that couldn’t be done before but is finally possible now is to wear the suit without the arms. They put motion sensors on my arms to recreate the rest of the suit in post production. And that allowed me to move my arms freely without looking like a robot during fight scenes. I think it was the first time an actor could have all that flexibility and move his head in a Batsuit!”
The way I see it, the more Frank Miller we inject into this bad boy the better. The suit is pretty damn faithful and so is what Ben Affleck is saying. As far as the suit, more CGI is usually a bad thing but in this case it makes sense if it makes Batman look more kickass while kicking ass. It’s amazing what they can do with computers and motion tracking. Where do they get those wonderful toys? Batman, I mean Ben Affleck also commented on the casting of Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor that many aren’t a fan of:
Between the character that was written by Chris Terrio and Jesse Eisenberg’s portrayal, it’s the meeting of two great minds, on the same wavelength. Luthor is, for me, the most interesting character in the film. He’s radically different from what we’ve seen so far. He’s grounded in reality, and he’s extraordinary. This type of film is only as good as its villain. That’s why The Dark Knight was so brilliant, because of Heath Ledger’s Joker. Jesse improves the film with each scene he’s in. He’s not your usual one-dimensional villain, there’s a whole psychology behind him.
We can only hope your right Batfleck. F*ck it I’m just going to call Ben Affleck Batman from now on. That’s it. So does Batman’s vouching for Eisenberg make you feel better about his casting? Do you think Affleck’s Bats is going to out-do Christian Bale? Look, I just compared them again. Dammit. More updates to come here on Geek Nation!
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