If statements from Batman v. Superman producer Charles Roven are to be taken at face value, this new Ben Affleck interpretation of The Dark Knight will actually be a killer.
In an interview with Empire, Roven spoke about this new Batman, calling him “angrier,” and, most importantly, an “executioner.”
“[Batman] is not giving people a chance. He is more than a vigilante. He has become not only the cop, if you will, he has also become the jury and executioner. He’s older, [and] he’s seen the worst of what man can do. He’s been darkened by it, he’s tougher, he’s angrier, I guess… he’s still lost those that are near and dear to him, and not necessarily from old age or disease.”
This is a significant about face for the character if we do interpret Roven’s words as they appear. Sure, he may be calling Bats an “executioner” just in a sort of stream-of-consciousness way in order to complete the phrase, but it could be a serious mistake for modern fans of the Caped Crusader. He’s killed before in plenty of circumstances, but the modern mythos surrounding the character has been “no guns, no killing,” for no other reason that to separate himself from his adversaries.
While I’m hoping Roven isn’t being entirely truthful, the mood and glowering gazes of Affleck indicate a much darker version of The Dark Knight. On the other hand, the clip we’ve all seen of the thug tied up in the alley, branded with the bat symbol on his chest, might indicate this is mere bluster from an amped-up producer pushing his film.
We’ll see when Batman v. Superman hits theaters March 25th.