When it was revealed that Batman kills and brands people in Batman v Superman, a large majority of fans took issue with that due to the characters morals and beliefs in the comic book world, but now it seems The Dark Knight is going to be a bit less dark. During the set visit of Justice League, Ben Affleck had many comments about the direction Batman is going in the DCEU. Collider.com’s Steve Weintraub wrote this about the tone changes.
BVS was dark and gritty but that’s not Justice League, according to Affleck. He told us the film has “room for more humor. It’s not going to be – DC movies I think, by their nature are a little more – gothic, or mythic rather, excuse me, than some comic book movies are. But that movie was very dark and heavy because it was really rooted in Dark Knight Returns which is a heavy, dark book. And this is not that.”
Another change about Batman in Justice League is that he’s trying to redeem himself from his experiences in the last film. Affleck says “Batman definitely went to a very dark place that was rooted in trauma that occurred to people that he loved and worked with and what he saw. This movie is not about that issue for him so much anymore, he’s no longer sort of extreme in that way. From the experiences of the last movie, he’s sort of learned and now he’s sort of wanting to redeem himself and wanting mankind to be redeemed and he’s wanting to make the world better.”
Based on this, it seems we will be getting the same badass Batman just without the killing, which I’m sure will please many fans of the character.
Justice League will be released in 2017 and stars Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot, and Henry Cavill.