While talking to IGN about playing Batman across several animated series, games and direct-to-video movies, including the recent Batman: The Killing Joke, voice actor Kevin Conroy revealed that he was uncomfortable with the character’s apparent choice to kill in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
“Batman never kills anyone – I loved that fact,” he said. “In the most recent live action movie, that seems to have been a line that was crossed and it’s not one I’m particularly comfortable with.” Conroy may be referring to a moment in the Batmobile chase in which a number of Lex Luthor’s men appear to be immolated as rockets from Batman’s vehicle hit and destroy several trucks. He could also be referring to the way Batman kills Lex’s chief henchman toward the end of the film.
At the time of the film’s release, director Zack Snyder characterized these moments as unintentional kills on the Bat of Gotham’s part. “I perceive it as him not killing directly, but if the bad guy’s are associated with a thing that happens to blow up, he would say that that’s not really my problem,” he told HeyUGuys. Also, as mentioned in the comments below, the cinematic Batman has always been more willing to kill — or let people die — than his animated counterpart.
And while those scenes may have be victims of imprecise editing or indicative of Batman’s more reckless nature in the film, Conroy admitted he enjoyed Ben Affleck‘s performance. “There are so many valid ways of playing a role,” he added. “It’s really fun to watch different actors do it.”