If you haven’t considered how old Batman will be in Zack Snyder’s upcoming Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, let’s change that right now — and for some good reasons, too. Producer Michael Uslan recently spoke to the Asbury Park Press (via /Film) about the upcoming project, and he shared a tasty little tidbit about how long Bruce Wayne has been on this Earth (and, separately speaking, how long Batman has been around):
So, [the Batman universe casting backlash] 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 he’s going to be extraordinary.
As /Film notes, “Batman’s age on film has never been specifically defined. So if you go by the actors who’ve played them, Affleck is in fact the oldest one. He’ll be 42 years old on August 15. Everyone else who played the role was at least 3-4 years younger than that when they first played the role, and Bale was in his mid 30s. As for Henry Cavill, he’s 11 years younger than Affleck.”
What’s most intriguing about this news, however, is that this older Batman — at least, older than we’ve known in previous cinematic incarnations — has been (at least logically speaking) Batman for a very long time. When some recent set photos popped up from the movie, we heard that the Batman of Batman v Superman has been the caped crusader for three decades. Badass Digest’s sources told them that “in this version Batman is still an urban legend, a creature of the night, and no one has ever taken his picture. But he’s had plenty of adventures, and the Batcave includes a memorial centered around a tattered Robin costume.” Oops, dead Robin. Sad face. (Quick, everyone dreamcast dead Robin right now. Joseph Gordon-Levitt is still a valid answer.)
Few people expected Batman v Superman to pick up exactly where Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy ended — with a happy (and on his way to being fat, what with all that rich European food and Catwoman-provided love weight) Bruce Wayne presumably out of the business. BvS will give us a new Batman story to follow, one that (blissfully) doesn’t require an origin tale. All of the Batman films have addressed what turned Bruce Wayne in varying degrees, with Batman Begins really going whole hog on his origin story, to the point that audiences had to pretend it wasn’t very weird that Bale, in his thirties at the time of filming, was playing a twentysomething Bruce Wayne with little attention to aging detail.
We know Bruce Wayne’s life story and we know how Batman came to be created, we don’t need to see it again (though it’s hard to imagine that Snyder won’t toss in at least a few references to Bruce’s bad-time childhood). Having a superhero movie that’s not about their origin sounds pretty refreshing at this point, and it’s a solid way to make BvS stand out from the rest of the cape-and-cowled pack.
Bonus? Gray Batman sideburns.
How old is the Batman in your head?
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice will open on March 25, 2016.
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