“That’s how it starts. The fever, the rage, the feeling of powerlessness, that turns good men — cruel,” says Batman’s butler, Alfred (played by Jeremy Irons), in the teaser trailer for the upcoming Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice.
Going by the teaser, and its following trailers, the next big screen version of Batman is an angry and broody character, something confirmed by actor Ben Affleck in a recent interview with French magazine Studio Cine Live.
Watch Warner Bros. Pictures’ teaser trailer for Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice:
In a translation posted via tweet by Baby J, 43-year-old Affleck described his aging Batman as someone whose judgement is clouded with a few “issues,” hence why we get two good guys from the DC universe fighting each other.
“Usually, the films show Batman starting off, or in the prime of his career. Here, you’re dealing with an older version, a guy at the end of his journey,” Affleck said.
“He’ll find meaning in his own life during his conflict with Superman. He really thinks Superman is an existential menace, and he believes destroying him will be his legacy,” he added.
Affleck also said Batman’s alter ego — Bruce Wayne — lives a playboy lifestyle as a way to fill the emptiness in his soul.
But for Batman, partying, fast cars, and dating beautiful woman can only do so much.
“Past incarnations dealt with a straightforward search for justice. This time, Batman’s reasoning is clouded by frustration, bitterness, and anger,” Affleck said.
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While Affleck didn’t think Batman vs Superman has any sort of lesson, he did say that it was more than just entertainment.
“It’s also trying to show that there are real consequences to violence,” he said. “When a building collapses, people die, and those are lives lost forever.
“This film also shows that fear is the enemy of us all. Fear brings out the worst in us,” Affleck said.
“When we fear powerful people because we think they might destroy us, we tend to use that to justify any decision we might be tempted to make. There are some parallels with preemptive strikes, and things like that. It allows us to analyze how we think about what we do, when facing a threat.
“That’s very relevant to what’s going on in the world right now. The film tackles pertinent themes.”
Directed by Zack Snyder, Batman vs Superman will open in cinemas March, 2016, and will also star Henry Cavill reviving his role as Superman, Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, and Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor.
Watch the most up-to-date Warner Bros. Pictures trailer for Batman vs Superman here: