It seems like David Goyer and Zack Snyder have decided to forego the standard origins story in bringing their new Batman into the next Superman movie. Warner Bros. CEO Kevin Tsujihara has been speaking to investors, and Variety were listening in.
According to their quote, Tsujihara described the new Batman as:
tired and weary and seasoned and been doing it for awhile.
Which means, by implication, that Man of Steel took place in a world where, somewhere outside of that one particular story, a grown man was dressed up in a spooky costume – probably one with pointy ears – and going around beating up criminals. It’s just that he never came up in conversation.
Once again, I’ll remind you that David Goyer pretty much told me his basic Batplans back before Man of Steel came out. Everything we’ve learned since meshes perfectly with what he was saying back then.
Incidentally, Tsujihara also addressed the widespread online dismay at the casting of Ben Affleck, saying:
Ben is perfect for the vision Zack has for that character. The fact that you saw such a passionate response in the blogosphere is really kind of a testament to the love that people have for this character
Cumulatively, what he’s really saying is Affleck does good tired, weary and seasoned, and can act like he’s spent a while as a vigilante by now. That and how people saying they hate the casting is a good commercial sign because if they didn’t love Batman, they wouldn’t.
I’ve been totally comfortable with the idea of Batfleck from second one and I don’t really know where all of the upset came from. It’s not all just a lingering grudge for him dating Jennifer Lopez, is it?
Zack Snyder’s take on World’s Finest is scheduled for release on July 17th 2015.