December 13, 2013
Affleck On How To Do Batman The Right Way
I’m starting to develop a taste for the classics in comic book hero films, particularly around the 80s. Why? Because I think that this was the period of time in which filmmakers started realizing that action and movies go together like Nicole and Paris before they realized that they hated each other. I don’t know how long it’ll be before movies and action start hating each other, and luckily I don’t think I’ll live long enough to see that day. But what I do understand is that Batman is a character that’s been overhyped and overdone by so many mainstream actors looking for their next five years in the spotlight. Christian Bale understood this. George Clooney understood this. Michael Keaton understood this.
But of those few, only Keaton managed to execute the character’s depiction perfectly.
What defines a perfect Batman?
Mystery, intrigue, envy, all of these things are just the curtain words to describe a character drowning in his own grief and anger. When Keaton was Batman, he was Batman, not Bruce Wayne dressed in a bat-themed costume. The Batman that we saw in the late 80s was a lot different than the Batman that we see today, and luckily it seems like Ben Affleck understands this, as well.
The Argo star opened up to Deadline in an interview to describe the direction he was taking to best interpret Bruce Wayne, and I’m actually surprised by what he had to say. “The idea for the new Batman is to redefine him in a way that doesn’t compete with the Bale and Chris Nolan Batman but still exists within the Batman canon,” Affleck said.
This is a very different approach to take, especially when it comes to Batman. As a comic hero, the character will exist in American pop culture for many decades to come, and we’ll be seeing a lot more actors flop the performance in an effort to outdo the last person. Trying to be Bruce Wayne may actually work this time.
Affleck went on to say that, “It will be an older and wiser version, particularly as he relates to Henry Cavill’s Superman character.”
In contrast to the Batman that we’re currently seeing in the Arkham game series, this might be a legitimately interesting journey into understanding the icon. Such a thing has been unheard of since the days of Michael Keaton’s Bruce Wayne. In the games, Bruce is much, much younger and hence a lot more naïve about his crime fighting, choosing to dislocate bones first and ask questions if anyone is still conscious in the room.
Batman will be Affleck’s second round in a super hero costumer since his days as the Daredevil. Let’s hope he’s not too embarrassed to make a return in later Batman films on this one, as well.
The ball is in your court, Affleck.