Remember when the public and the internet fumed over the casting of Ben Affleck as Batman in the upcoming Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice? Now a little over a year later, the attitudes toward the casting has changed dramatically and the world can’t wait to see what Mr. Affleck can do as the new Dark Knight. Director Zack Snyder has already established that Batman’s origin will be slightly altered and he will be older than past versions of Batman, but Snyder and Affleck have never gone into detail about how different he is. That is until today when a slew of news regarding Dawn of Justice have been released through the media.
Director Zack Snyder confirms that the age of Affleck’s Batman in the film is “45 or 46,” adding that he’s been Batman for 20 years by the time we meet him. Affleck reiterated that Snyder’s pitch for an older, “more broken, kind of f***ed up” Batman was what finally swayed him to join the project.
We want to assume that Batman has reached this point in his life and career as a superhero, and Superman represents a sort of philosophical change. He is a paradigm shift for Batman: ‘I’ve been fighting criminals all my life, trying to find justice, and now I am confronted with a concept that is transcendent to me.’ In the face of Superman, a man robbing a bank doesn’t matter.
From the Comic-Con trailer, it’s obvious that Ben Affleck’s Batman has been through a lot over his tenure and now, since Superman and Zod kinda knocked down a Wayne Tower during their Kryptonian slugfest in Man of Steel, he has to grit his teeth and get ready to take on a titan.