Justice League will mark Ben Afflecks second feature film as Batman. Well, technically its his third. Do I get credit for the Suicide Squad gross? the actor laughs, joking (and underestimating) that he was onscreen for less than 35 seconds in last years supervillain team-up film. Hell have a decidedly larger role when DCs good guys mobilize in the November blockbuster, which unites Afflecks Dark Knight and Gal Gadots Wonder Woman alongside Ezra Millers Flash, Ray Fishers Cyborg, and Jason Momoas Aquaman. (And maybe Henry Cavills Superman, if hes not quite dead.)
That means Batman has to learn to work together with his fellow superheroes. Hes put in this position of having to reach out, find other people, convincing them to do something, Affleck explains. Part of the drama of the movie is the question of whether or not the team is going to come together. Its very different from the tenor of the last movie.
And the character is very different, too. BvS departed a little bit from the traditional Batman, says Affleck. He started out with all this rage directed at Superman, because of his coworkers who had died in the fight Superman had with Zod. For Affleck, most of the heros ensuing actions were defined by barely-repressed fury in contrast to the Batman we meet in Justice League. He was holding on to a lot of anger, in a little bit of an irrational way, Affleck says. Whereas this is a much more traditional Batman. Hes heroic. He does things in his own way, but he wants to save people, help people.
Affleck frames the new attitude as a return to a more classical incarnation of the Caped Crusader. This is more in keeping with the canon of how Batmans usually been portrayed, and how hes portrayed vis a vis the Justice League in the comics, he explains. This is more the Batman you would find if you opened up your average Batman comic book.
Not that its average, Affleck clarifies. I think its a really cool story. Actually, its sort of a story about multilateralism. Its not a bad theme to have! Hey, if the universes moodiest billionaire can learn the value of collaboration, theres hope for us all.