Affleck says his Dark Knight is 'at the end of his run' in Batman v Superman

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Nov 18, 2016, 1:12 PM EST (Updated)

We just got a fresh look at Ben Affleck's version of Bruce Wayne in Batman v Superman, and now the actor has opened up about what fans can expect from his version of the Dark Knight.

Affleck chatted with Entertainment Weekly as part of a larger editorial package framed around the start of San Diego Comic-Con next week, and confirmed we definitely won't be getting an origin story for this Batman. We've already heard time and time again they'll be drawing inspiration from Frank Miller's seminal comic The Dark Knight Returns, which follows a grizzled Batman facing off with Superman, and Affleck made it clear this is in no way a retread of Batman Begins.

Here's the choice excerpt:

"Batman is basically the American version of Hamlet. We accept that he's played by actors with different interpretations … He's at the end of his run and maybe the end of his life. There's this sort of world-weariness to it."

It's interesting to note that Affleck is taking up the mantle at the age of 42 — four years older than Christian Bale was when he put in his final appearance in The Dark Knight Rises. Admittedly, Affleck is still a good bit younger than Marvel's flagship hero Robert Downey Jr., who is still rocking his Iron Man suit at 50 years young — and is signed on for a couple more movies to boot.

So, yeah, Affleck's Batman is definitely at the top of the hill, but still young enough to milk out a handful of additional Justice League films and Batman solo outings. This is Hollywood we're talking about. He may be grizzled, but he's far from ancient.

The full feature also included a few other notes, including the fact that director Zack Snyder plans to play up the height difference between Affleck and Man of Steel alum Henry Cavill (Affleck is a towering 6'4"). Snyder explains: "I wanted Superman to have to feel like he was looking up to Batman despite being so much stronger." 

Affleck also (once again) addresses the Daredevil-shaped elephant in the room, and noted studios have figured out a whole lot in the years since he donned the red leather in that super-fiasco. This (hopefully) will be nothing like that. We'd expect to hear (and see) a whole lot more about Batman v Superman next weekend at SDCC.

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice opens March 25, 2016.

(Via Entertainment Weekly)

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