And then there's Batman. This is the very aspect of DC's Cinematic Universe that we have been waiting for since the announcement of the follow-up to 2013's Man of Steel.
Ben Affleck's Batman.
What I can tell from the shots of Affleck as Bruce Wayne and him in his Bat-suit is this is a much more jaded and grizzled Dark Knight.
I really dig the suit; it's a nice respectful nod to Frank Miller's Dark Knight Returns, of which this sequel is loosely based upon. I really enjoy the look of conviction and intensity in his eyes of a man that feels like another man has wandered in uninvited to his territory.
The Bat-voice that he uses is a vast improvement over the gravel Bale-Bat used from 2005-12. I like Christian Bale as a method actor, but that was one of the few aspects that did not win me over as Batman. Yes, he had the methodical and analyticall thinking down to a fine-art as Batman. But it was when he uttered lines such "WHERE ARE THE TRIGGERS, WHERE ARE THEY?" in that ridiculous gravel tone made it extremely difficult for me to take seriously.
This is where actors like Michael Keaton succeed in spades as he always kept his talking to a minimum and he didn't raise his voice. Sure, he altered his tone as the Dark Knight but considering Batman is meant to be this figure that operates from within the shadows and makes a point of being as stealth as realistically possible, it can't really be done with a voice like that.
This is a match/showdown that fans have been waiting to see on screen for decades and people have waited for far too long to let this pass any further.
We know it could have happened with Bale and Routh, but it never came to be.
For me, I have been waiting for this movie ever since I saw DCU's animated movie Batman/Superman: World's Finest in the late 90's that saw Kevin Conroy's Batman & Tim Daly's Superman square off to begin with before ultimately teaming up to defeat the dangerous combo of Mark Hamil's The Joker and Clancy Brown's Lex Luthor.
I'm hoping to have a few questions answered from this movie as we all know for those that have read Dark Knight Returns and seen the direct to home movie that Batman defeats Supes via the aid of Kryptonite. Now, since Kryptonite has yet to appear in this continuity of Superman or if at all, then what advantage does the Dark Knight have knowing he is gone one-on-one with a man that has ability to either put him in Hospital or worse.....end his career and life?
Unless it's Kryptonite or magic (yes, Superman is vulnerable to magic) then the only way Batman would stand to win against the Man of Steel is if he were to throw the fight.
Otherwise it'd be like John Cena Vs David Spade. No contest.
With a year to go before we see two iconic heroes go mono e mono, it will give fans plenty to talk about.