Ben Affleck’s Batman role hasn’t afforded him much license with the character just yet. His debut in Batman v Superman chronicled a moody vigilante, angry with Superman over the death and destruction he’s caused in Gotham. But in a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, Affleck teased the Dark Knight will have a new role in Justice League. Batman, the team-builder?
“BvS departed a little bit from the traditional Batman,” says Affleck. “He started out with all this rage directed at Superman, because of his coworkers who had died in the fight Superman had with Zod. He was holding on to a lot of anger, in a little bit of an irrational way,” Affleck says. “Whereas this is a much more traditional Batman. He’s heroic. He does things in his own way, but he wants to save people, help people.”
Affleck also hinted at the role Batman would play amongst his Justice League cohort:
“He’s put in this position of having to reach out, find other people, convincing them to do something,” Affleck explains. “Part of the drama of the movie is the question of whether or not the team is going to come together. It’s very different from the tenor of the last movie.”
These details allude to Batman’s role as leader and gatherer of the Justice League crew. We can only assume Bruce Wayne has finished compiling the dossiers we saw glimpses of in Batman v Superman, and with Diana Prince’s help, will assemble a team fit for battle with Steppenwolf.
Not only will Justice League feature some cool, new bat-gadgets, but Affleck also said this scripting of Batman more closely resembles comic book versions:
“This is more in keeping with the canon of how Batman’s usually been portrayed, and how he’s portrayed vis a vis the Justice League in the comics,” Affleck explained. “This is more the Batman you would find if you opened up your average Batman comic book.”
Justice League hits theaters November 17.
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