Ever since gracing the cover of Total Film Magazine, new details about Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice have been making their way online. Stars Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill are set to square off as their title characters, with Affleck making his debut as the Caped Crusader and Cavill reprising his Man of Steel role. (Affleck also recently confirmed his interest in directing a solo Batman film.) It’s worth drawing your attention back to Zack Snyder’s solo Superman film because its most controversial scene will be immediately addressed in Snyder’s Batman v Superman, due March 25, 2016.
The scene we glimpsed in the Batman v Superman trailer, which ties into the epic clash between Superman and General Zod in Man of Steel, is not just the source of Bruce Wayne’s rage as many have surmised, it’s also the opening scene of the film. Cavill spoke to Total Film about his take on what the destruction of Metropolis means to Bruce Wayne:
“What happens there is one of Bruce’s buildings gets destroyed and he’s trying to save all the people inside the building and he can’t. So he is this angry person who fears what Superman may do. Why are they just going to trust this super-powered alien? What if he does decide to turn against us?”
I love this explanation for a couple of reasons: Not only does it give Wayne a believable cause for his rage, it also gives him plenty of reason to suit up as The Batman once again. Outside of the movie universe’s plot, it’s a great way to connect the fan outcry from Superman’s actions in Metropolis to the on-screen response from fictional folks who were directly affected by it. That sequence was something that Snyder has been defending since the film’s release, so it’s good to get a sense of closure and resolution on it.
Affleck also commented on Bruce Wayne’s understandable rage towards the Man of Steel:
“He’s found himself in a place of harboring a tremendous amount of rage for Superman. So it’s how he got there, and what that’s done to him, and what that’s done to people around him like Alfred, who are, I think, very scared and worried for him. It’s something that’s interesting and new.”
Batman at his best has long been a character driven by rage, which is only barely restrained by his overwhelming desire for justice. If the anger and frustration over the murder of his parents has been slowly burning out over the many years that Wayne has been taking on the mantle of the Batman, it seems that Superman’s destruction of Metropolis has rekindled and refocused it. This might actually be the most coherent and compelling reason behind the billionaire choosing to become a vigilante since his own origin story.
What do you think about this setup for the events of Batman v Superman? Does it make you more or less interested for checking the film out next spring? Let us know in the comments!
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