With the birth of the DC Extended Universe, beginning with Man of Steel but really initiated with Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, fans of DC Comics hope for comic-accurate live-action adaptations of the favorite characters especially after the success of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. One of the most important characters to get right in this new world, obviously, is Bruce Wayne/Batman. Ben Affleck’s casting received alot of negativity, but boy did he deliver in his first DCEU appearance!
Die-hard fans, however, were opposed to his acts of killing throughout the film. After spending much time with this installment in the DCEU and looking at it as a whole, especially its future, I look at Dawn of Justice as an evolution film. The characters, for the most part, are in a place that neither the characters or audiences are happy with, only for key moments in the film to evolve them. Even though it may only seem slight within the movie, there are much more significant changes taking place beyond it, and this is what we’ll see in Justice League. For Bruce Wayne, he is inspired by Superman, and not only attempts to bring out the hero in himself that he may have used to be, but in others as well, thus forming the team.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, he explains just that:
“He’s put in this position of having to reach out, find other people, convincing them to do something […] 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 […] 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 […] 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!”
Affleck refers to “multilateralism,” which plays into the evolution from “anger” and being “irrational” to “heroic” Superman, although accidentally, was responsible for death of the innocent, as was whoever killed Robin and his parents. Not only that, but Superman could be responsible for the death of all innocent people if he wanted to make that choice. All of the death and destruction surrounding Bruce caved in, resulting in any means necessary to bring Superman down…until Superman saved everyone. The ripple effect of that pivotal moment will bring Batman back to his roots and bring the Justice League together. I can’t wait to see it play out this November!
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