Kevin Conroy is “Uncomfortable” With ‘Batman v Superman’s Depiction of Batman

By August 13, 2016

To say that Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice was met with divisive reactions from the fans, would probably be an understatement. Even the more generally loved aspects of the film seemed to be tinged with controversy, with Ben Affleck’s Batman being praised by both critics and fans as the best performance of the character to date, though at the same time, many had problems with the character’s ruthless and murderous nature at points.

Now, it looks like one of the most beloved actors to play The Dark Knight has spoken about the film’s iteration of the character and well, it looks like he may be siding with the fans on this one.

Speaking with IGN recently, Kevin Conroy shared his thoughts on Batman v Superman‘s depiction of the iconic character and reveals why it made him “uncomfortable”:

“Personally I love the fact that Batman – in the stories I’ve done, and the way he’s been rendered by Bruce Timm and Paul Dini, the people I’ve worked with most closely – he never kills anybody. He doesn’t cross that line. Batman is not a killer.”

He added:

“In the most recent live action movie, that seems to have been a line that was crossed and it’s not one I’m particularly comfortable with.”

Conroy has a legitimate point here, and while Batman has killed in the comics before, his desire not to kill was always one of his more defining traits and while it might have been okay to see Affleck’s Batman kill say, the goon threatening to kill Martha Kent near the end, he was killing people left and right throughout the entirety of the film. Personally, even though Affleck’s performance was stellar as the character, that’s been something I haven’t been able to just shrug off ever since I saw it.

At the same time, I’m looking forward to Ben Affleck’s take on the character moving forward, as he hopefully progresses from being a killer to being more of what most fans are familiar with him being, especially in the solo film that’s been previously compared to some of the 70s comic books with the characters and has been rumored to be set in Arkham Asylum. Hopefully, Batman won’t be the only one on the receiving end of some redemption moving forwards in the DCEU though.

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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
  • All Patriot

    I find it a lack of creativity when you “let” the hero kill. Aside from not being very heroic, it’s incumbent upon the superhero to find the best way out of a situation.

    This is why Cavill’s Supes killing Zod was very ho hum. The major drama of destroying Metropolis should have been gripping enough. A final battle is always good, yet putting Zod to death was a yawn.

    • Student of Alchemy

      Right. The film never establishes what Superman’s, well Clark’s, feelings are around killing villains. Heck, the man who raised him said that maybe he should just let innocents die. The level of drama Snyder is trying to convey after the death of Zod wasn’t earned.