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Ben Affleck Will Be A “Tired And Weary” Batman In ‘Batman vs Superman’
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Ben Affleck Plays A Tired And Weary Batman

Of all the notable members of the Justice League, Batman is the most vulnerable due to his lack of superpowers. Of course he makes up for it all with his detective skills and training. We saw what a Batman who has past his prime looks like in Christopher Nolan‘s The Dark Knight Rises. Forced out of retirement, and in his obviously weak and hobbled condition, Batman was thrust back into the crimefighting world, and nearly got killed.

We know that Ben Affleck will be playing an older and more experienced Batman in Batman vs Superman, the tentatively titled Man of Steel sequel, but now we are now learning how long Zack Snyder‘s iteration of Batman has been in the crimefighting game.

At a Bank of America Merrill Lynch Media, Communications and Entertainment Conference, Warner Bros CEO Kevin Tsujihara told investors that Affleck’s Batman is “kind of tired and weary and seasoned and been doing it for a while.”

Responding to the Affleck casting controversy, Tsujihara added that Affleck “is perfect for the vision….We think it’s going to be huge.”

If Batman is as seasoned as Tsujihara says he is, it would indicate that there are heroes already established in their respective cities, at least for Batman. It would also lead us to believe that whatever happens in the Man of Steel sequel, there will be other heroes watching said events unfold and be inspired to become heroes themselves. It should be interesting to see how screenwriter David S. Goyer creates this world.

Deadline was the first to report on this.

So what do you think about a Batman that is “tired and weary”? Is it the right fit?

[Source: Deadline]

11 Comments »

  1. I think I will be a tired and weary audience member.

    Comment by 咒純討厭(Zhòu-chún TÇŽoyàn) — September 13, 2013 @ 2:26 pm

  2. Tired and weary, the perfect words to describe this mess of a film. I have not heard one good piece of news come from this yet. From the bad logo, terrible casting for Batman, the gaudy title (Batman versus Superman) to the this ridiculous “old” weary Batman. It is clear no one is steering the ship at Warner Brothers.

    Comment by Patrick Bayard — September 13, 2013 @ 3:25 pm

  3. How exactly is a film that has not been written (beyond an outline) or shot a mess? Tired and weary describes me listening to people who sit on the sidelines and complain. Can you do better? Let’s see your script.

    Comment by Eric Fisher — September 14, 2013 @ 5:47 pm

  4. I think that if it is written well that Ben will do a fine job. And, to the critics: get funding and then write and cast your own film – you can then get a taste of what you dish out.

    Comment by Eric Fisher — September 14, 2013 @ 5:48 pm

  5. Griping about how terrible a movie is going to be before it’s even made is moronic.

    Comment by Hugomarink — September 14, 2013 @ 6:07 pm

  6. Here are three reasons how it is a mess ALREADY!

    1) Because it is a completely different Batman you lose the connection that the audience established with the Bale version and all of the background story that came with it. The script CANNOT adequately go into Batman’s background to give people a sense of how he thinks, why he fights crime, or even how he fights other than a vague outline of an origin story people may be familiar with. The story now has to accommodate people acclimating themselves to a new Batman who apparently has been fighting crime but now the audience has to imagine what that was like.

    2) There is no amount of “scripting” that can erase the fact that people will see Ben Affleck and NOT Batman/Bruce Wayne on the screen. Even before the controversial casting he would have brought baggage to the role. With the controversy that baggage is magnified ten times.

    3) With Batman now jarringly shoehorned in the film, that leaves precious little time for the audience to explore more about Supermen, explore his relationship with Lois Lane, Introduce Lex Luthor, deal with the fallout from the previous movie, introduce important plot points like the discovery of kryptonite, and adequately explore a conflict and subsequent partnership that Batman and Superman develop…in two and a half hours.

    I could absolutely do better with a story that incorporates the Dark Knight movies which eliminates 90% of the problems outlined above. I will write a script when I see a contract to do so, but I am happy to write an outline…all one needs to do is ask.

    Comment by Patrick Bayard — September 16, 2013 @ 12:18 pm

  7. Point by Point:

    1) Bale does not want the job. That simply has to be dealt with.
    2) Your argument applies to any well-known actor. People who choose not to see the character won’t see the character, no matter who plays it.
    3) Your “jarringly shoehorned” comment not withstanding, I agree. But this presupposes all of these elements must be fully explored in one film. Bad assumption. These relationships will take several films to fully explore – which is probably the idea.

    We have now had 6 major Superman films and 7 major Batman films (I’ll leave TV as its own idiom.). It is about time we began (note that word) to explore this relationship. I’m looking forward to it.

    Comment by Eric Fisher — September 19, 2013 @ 5:16 am

  8. That is just plain wrong! Christian Bale stated just a little over a year ago…

    “But…if Chris came to me with a script and said, ‘You know what? There is another story’ then I would love the challenge of making a fourth”

    PLUS …numerous actors have stated that they were hesitant come back for various roles. Daniel Craig stated he wanted to leave James Bond after the
    first film…he is now signed up for what will total five. Sigourney Weaver stated she would not even do the sequel to Alien…she has now done four total and recently expressed a willingness to do another. Robert Downey Jr. hinted that it would “be better” for him if he did not return to Iron Man. He later signed up for two more appearances.

    You know what those franchises have in common. Consistency! The average Batman actor on film has lasted slightly less than two films (statistically). That is pathetic. So why not stick with the best character they have ever put on film and do what other franchises have done successfully, be consistent!

    Comment by Patrick Bayard — September 19, 2013 @ 10:00 am

  9. So….Christian set a condition that was not met. And it cost him the job. Kirstie Alley could have made Saavik a major character in the Star Trek Universe – an misplayed the hand. She now says she doesn’t regret that – although Trekkers do not agree. People change their minds – sometimes too late. It happens. Oh, and why do you feel the need for exclamation points? I read everything you say. No need to shout.

    Comment by Eric Fisher — September 21, 2013 @ 4:18 pm

  10. What condition did Bale set? I must have missed that point. I agree about Saavik potrayed by Kirstie Alley.

    The exclamation points were used twice as a point of emphasis since the point (where they are used) is reiterated. It was not shouting.

    Comment by Patrick Bayard — September 23, 2013 @ 9:58 am

  11. He said that if Chris Nolan came to him with a fourth story – he would be interested. Otherwise, apparently, he wasn’t interested. So, he either walked away or was waiting for something that did not happen. In either case, he apparently was lukewarm about continuing.

    Comment by Eric Fisher — September 27, 2013 @ 5:38 pm

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