Ben Affleck Discusses How His Batman Is Different From Christian Bale's
From what we've seen of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice so far, we know that it is going to be very different from anything that Christopher Nolan has done with Batman. It looks to me like Zack Snyder wanted to take his version of Batman in a completely different direction, and fans seem to really love the direction he has taken.
In the latest issue with Studio Ciné Live (via batman-news), there's an interview with Ben Affleck in which he discusses how his Batman is different from Christian Bale's version of the hero. He also compares Jesse Eisenberg to Oscar-winner Heath Ledger. When asked if he studied Bale's performance to distinguish himself, Affleck said:
"I don’t want to compete with other incarnations, nor do I want to emulate them. Those versions belong in another universe. Christopher Nolan used his Batman to tell a finite story. My version is different, but remains faithful to the Batman mythology and all the themes associated with it. The other difference is that Nolan’s Batman isn’t part of a universe where other superheroes exist as well. Here – because we’re working towards the Justice League – there’s Superman, and it’s a world populated with super beings. This situation generates an altogether new reality."
The actor went on to talk about the reasons behind Bruce Wayne's billionaire playboy lifestyle, explaining:
"We also play a bit more with the billionaire playboy side of the character. He lives that life at full tilt. He courts many women, owns many cars, and parties a lot. He does that as a way to fill the void in his soul. Moreover, past incarnations dealt with a straightforward search for justice. This time, Batman’s reasoning is clouded by frustration, bitterness and anger."
It sounds like this will be the darkest version of Batman's soul on the big screen yet. He then goes on to praise Eisenberg's performance in the film, and even compares it to Ledger's Joker.
"Luthor is, for me, the most interesting character in the film. He’s radically different from what we’ve seen so far. He’s grounded in reality, and he’s extraordinary. This type of film is only as good as its villain. That’s why The Dark Knight was so brilliant, because of Heath Ledger’s Joker. Jesse improves the film with each scene he’s in. He’s not your usual one-dimensional villain, there’s a whole psychology behind him."
I noticed a lot of fans were turned off by Eisenberg's performance in the last trailer that was released. I think that will all change once we see all those scenes in context with the rest of the film.
Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice opens in theater on March 25th, 2016.