We get our first official character description for the new Ben Affleck Batman from Warner Bros. CEO Kevin Tsujihara.
Tsujihara gave the new Batman description at the Bank of America Merrill Lynch Media investor gathering.
The WB CEO offered (via Variety):
The new Batman will be “tired and weary and seasoned and been doing it for awhile” as well as adding that Ben Affleck is “perfect” for the film that Zack Snyder is doing.
Regarding Man of Steel, Tsujihara stated that the studio “could not be happier” about its box office performance, currently at $660 million worldwide, adding, “we think it’s the perfect springboard for Batman and Superman.”
And about the untitled Batman Vs. Superman movie, Tsujihara offered, “We think it’s going to be huge.”
Tsujihara also noted there will be “a lot of announcements” surrounding DC Comics with specific mention of their three animated shows.
The new Batman being a seasoned veteran seems to contradict earlier statements made by writer David Goyer who previously stated the following about Man of Steel: “There are other superheroes in this world. But I don’t know that they’ve come forward yet. The idea is that Superman is the first one. There might be people helping people, but not in costumes, and that Superman comes forward and announces himself to the world. In him announcing himself, he’s the one that changes things.”
With the new Ben Affleck Batman having done “it for a while” it suggests the Gotham City Caped Crusader has obviously been around a long time. It should be interesting to see how they deal with the fact that no Batman was mentioned in Man of Steel (where was Batman?) or made an appearance for that matter. It may also suggest that a full-blown origin story for Batman is not in the cards (as Nolan just did it with Batman Begins).
Goyer’s comments also suggest – as has been previously mentioned and what Zack Snyder seemed to insinuate – is that Warner Bros. went in a different direction than what Goyer and Snyder originally intended. Snyder and Goyer wanted more Superman, but Warner Bros. obviously went with Batman.
It remains to be seen just how much Batman.
The sequel to “Man of Steel” goes into production next year for a July 17, 2015 release starring Ben Affleck as Batman, Henry Cavill as Superman, Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne and Diane Lane.
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