Ben Affleck promises more ‘traditional’ take on Batman in Justice League

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Aug 16, 2017

We’re just a few months away from the premiere of Justice League, and Ben Affleck is talking up his new-look take on the Dark Knight. If you read the comics, you should be happy with this Batman. At least according to Affleck.

The actor told Entertainment Weekly that a big part of Justice League will focus on the drama of bringing the heroes together, adding that it’s “very different” from Batman v Superman. The shift in focus will also mean a whole new Batman, more akin to what fans will recognize from the comics over the past few years. Put simply, there’s no more “Martha,” and no more rage.

Here’s an excerpt from Affleck’s comments:

“BvS departed a little bit from the traditional Batman. 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. 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.

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. This is more the Batman you would find if you opened up your average Batman comic book. Not that it’s average. I think it’s a really cool story. Actually, it’s sort of a story about multilateralism. It’s not a bad theme to have!”

Speaking of Affleck’s tenure as Batman, his brother Casey told WEEI Sports Radio Network that he’d be surprised if Ben actually sticks around to make the solo Batman film. Casey said Ben is “not going to do that movie, I don’t think,” before adding he was “just kind of making that up” when called on the newsiness of his comment. But yeah, you’d have to think these bros chat about these things, right?

Justice League opens November 17.

Do you like what Affleck is saying? Can Justice League give us the Batman we’ve been craving since Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy came to an end?

(Via Entertainment Weekly)