Zack Snyder and Ben Affleck opened up a little bit to Empire Magazine about Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and revealed some more details.
“We are playing him 45 or 46. He has been Batman for 20 years. All the history is there. Was there a Robin at one time? Possibly. He has lost those near and dear to him, and not necessarily from old age of disease…”
Judging from the note scrawled the costume that Batman had set up in the Batcave, he was taken out by the Joker. It will be interesting to see who else in Bruce Wayne’s life has passed on when this story picks up.
Ben Affleck spoke about Snyder’s pitch to him on the role,
“Initially I thought, ‘I’m older, it doesn’t seem like the right sort of fit for me.’ Then Zack pitched me his concept for this older, more broken, kind of f**ked up Batman. It was something we haven’t seen. We have seen that Batman is willing to cross the line to protect people. That vigilantism has been a part of his character all along, and we are tapping into that mentality when faced by something as potentially as deadly a Superman.”
It’s Superman’s arrival that throws Bruce Wayne’s world upside down, and it’s the destruction he causes that drives Batman back into action. Snyder explains how the Man of Steel changed the perception of the Dark Knight:
“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. He’s having a crisis of conscience. ‘Am I really just a vigilante who stalks the alleys of Gotham?’ It is rich stuff that he deals with. Ben does an amazing job.”
Snyder also indicated that Batman will first come across as a villain in the story, but later clarified that it will ultimately come down to the perception of the fans, and their own personal opinions.
“It’s a point of view thing. That is why Dawn of Justice is the full title. What it does is allow us to start this conversation.”
Since Batman has been fighting crime for 20 years before we meet him in this movie, he has a long history with villains like The Joker and Harley Quinn and the rest of the Suicide Squad. The magazine reveals that Batman is, in fact, responsible for putting all of those crazy criminals away in Arkham Asylum. They must be all pissed, If they ever get out. You can imagine the end results.