We have a big man in a suit of armor. If we take that off, what do we get? A genius billionaire playboy philanthropist. No I’m not talking about Iron Man I’m talking about Batman. Batman, the fourth richest billionaire in the world of superheroes entered the DC Extended Cinematic Universe (DCECU), played by none other than Ben Affleck. This post will only focus on Batman in Batman Vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice and Justice League trailers.
So who is the man behind the mask? Bruce Wayne. A disturbed individual who witnesses the shooting of his parents: Thomas and Martha Wayne. After the death of his parents, he falls into a cave and develops a fear for bats. Weird isn’t it? He is scared of bats yet dresses as a bat? Actually it is not that weird for the reason he dresses as a bat is because he is using his own fear, to inflict fear into criminals. That is clever. So Batman has been acted by a bunch of actors in different media texts.
Bruce Wayne is portrayed by Ben Affleck in this version and this version was meant to present a grittier darker version of Batman. The Frank Miller Batman where he is much older and broken. It was a refreshing change from the generic Batman formula we see: The Batman that starts to discover himself and builds the Batman identity.
People were skeptical to Affleck’s portrayal of Bruce Wayne. I personally had no qualms about it and thought he suited the role just fine. When I saw Ben Affleck play Batman in Dawn of Justice, it was fantastic. He really sold the broken dishevelled Batman that had seen his time. I truly did enjoy Affleck’s performance in Batman and I was honestly surprised at the amount of carnage Batman caused. This film definitely showed a different Batman and like I said before, it’s a fresh new change.
When the Justice League trailers released, once again I was fascinated by a new Batman: Grim, grisly and comical. This Batman was a definite change from the Batman we see in Dawn of Justice. I think the best line of his is: “I hear you can talk to fish.” What made it even greater was that Batman had a smile. His beard … I think Bruce Wayne should be bearded because it really does help to show he is dark and grisly.
Not only was Bruce Wayne amazing, the Bat tech and suit were awesome. The suit was designed and I loved the variety of suits there were: my favourite suit is the one he wears when he fights Doomsday. I honestly cannot wait for more BatAffleck in Justice League because it is one of the best portrayals of Bruce Wayne I have seen.