‘Batman V Superman’ Producer Reveals Batman’s Age

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Ben Affleck’s Caped Crusader in Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice has been described by director Zack Snyder as someone who “bears the scars of a seasoned crime fighter.” That description nonetheless doesn’t reveal just how old, exactly, Affleck as Bruce Wayne is in the film. Indeed, given the acknowledged influence of Frank Miller’s Dark Knight Returns comic book, Affleck’s Mr. Wayne could already be in his mid-50s.

Recent Batman V Superman set pics and videos showing Affleck with grey temples (coupled with rumors about Batman’s history in Snyder’s new movie) have indicated that, in the film, Bruce could indeed be showing the signs of wear and tear from his longtime battle against crime in Gotham City. The other possibility, of course, is that the 42-year old Affleck has simply been made up to look more befitting of a character who’s a decade (or so) older than the Oscar-winner currently is.

Batman V Superman producer Michael Uslan, during an interview with Asbury Park Press, touched on the controversy over Affleck being cast as Bruce Wayne – and, in the process, revealed the character’s age in the film:

“So, this [controversial superhero casting] has happened time and again, and it happened with Affleck. To go back to the original thought of Bruce Wayne in his mid-40s, I think he’s going to be extraordinary.”

So, by the sound of it, Affleck will essentially be playing his real-life age in Batman V Superman. Why the aforementioned changes in his appearance then? Well, it could be to better emphasize, the age difference between Bruce Wayne and Clark Kent (Henry Cavil) in the film (visually, rather by means of dialogue); and thus, highlight the differences in experience and clashing outlook of the dual costumed heroes. The grey sideburns could also be Snyder’s homage to the grey-haired Batman depicted in The Dark Knight Returns.

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Batman vs. Superman in ‘The Dark Knight Returns’ animated feature

Rumor has it that Affleck as the Caped Crusader will get his own solo vehicle (said to be tentatively titled The Batman) in 2019 – possibly arriving on the June 2019 date that Warner Bros. has reserved for one of its multiple upcoming DC movies. That would put Affleck’s Bruce Wayne pretty close to 50 by that time, assuming the film picks up close to real time after the events of Batman V Superman (and probably Justice League a year thereafter, by the sound of it).

Will The Batman (or whatever Affleck’s Batman solo movie winds up being called) see Bruce Wayne undertaking one last mission and/or handing over his cape and cowl to a younger person? That may sound a bit too similar to The Dark Knight Rises for some people’s tastes, but it’s still feasible.

Another possibility is The Batman ends up being a re-imagined version of the Batman Beyond film adaptation (in that ’90s cartoon series, Bruce trains Terry McGinnis to become the new Batman) – a project that was rumored to be under consideration at WB, shortly before Batman V Superman was announced. Feel free to let us know in the comments section what you imagine the future will hold for Affleck’s Batman in the budding DC Cinematic Universe.

Batman V Superman arrives in theaters on March 25th, 2016.

Source: Asbury Park Press

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  1. Big deal captain america is in his 90′s
    and it doesnt matter what batman’s age is because “he’s BATMAN!!!”

    • Haha +1000

  2. All of this talk of the physical condition, and comparing Batman to athletes, is really a moot point. Any peak human condition will never match Superman, so its is not Batman’s physical condition that really matters.

  3. Most men in their 40′s have quite a bit of gray hair.

    Hollywood age and “real life” age never look the same,so they are more than likely just going to stop putting the Just For Men in his hair so that he can look like a real 42 year old.

  4. Eventually I want to see Superman with grey side-hair, ala Kingdom Come. Make it happen Zack.

  5. If DC is making their Justice League brand separate then their other films I feel that Man of Steel 2 in 6-7 years might have an old superman in the future. who knows? this universe doesnt seem destined to have future plug-n-play compatability with tons of heroes like marvels film-verse

  6. This is all cool and what not but where are the Flash rumors?! That’s what I’m really interested in!

  7. Correct me if I’m wrong but wasn’t batman somewhere in his thirties when justice league was formed and weren’t the others also in they’re thirties when the league was formed?? Cause if this movie is suppose to be the beginning of the league then that’s one flaw already right?? Unless u count snyders attempt to make Wonder Woman a kryptonian origin.

    • flaw? this is a different universe bro.. Comics are comics, cartoons are cartoons and movies are movies.. its not a direct adaptation of something, just based.. Its like saying in the first ironman movie where tony stark is kidnapped (in Afghanistan) is a flaw coz in the comics its in Vietnam..

    • There was no attempt to make WW Kryptonian, that was one possibility fans and sites were speculating about.

  8. BM age shouldn’t matter to much in this semi-real version of a superhero movie. If he is in excellent shape and has his gadgets and such he should be a match for any street thug,mugger or drug dealer…….He could never face a super powered being and have even have a 1% chance of winning with any type of physical battle.

    And spare me the Video game,Cartoon/Comic book BatMan who jumps twice as far as humanly possible or Lifts more than a Gorilla or takes blows that would mangle 16 gauge steel….And the dodging of Bullets,Arrows,or projectile is Laughable. Heck sometimes when Explosive devices go off with in feet of him and he isn’t hardly incapable of movement and thought is pure Fantasy.

    If BatMan is just a human….even a Olympic,NFL,NBA athlete rolled into one he is still human. Now maybe is Suit(iron man/Nolan BM) could negate some of these effects but not even close to 90% of the stuff you see in Video,Cartoons/comic books.

    The Human body has certain tolerances and breaking points externally and internally. And No amount of NINJA(LOL)training can negate that.

    Now what I hope to see is a BM who is really smart,and Scary to the underworld, but who is wise enough to know he can’t do much versus the Superbeings that will now roam this world. That he hides in the shadows and uses his gadgets and tech. to sneak attack those powerful beings he confronts. If I see him with hidden wire WORK doing crazy 10 Feet back flips or and Jumping 60 feet onto the roof of a car or shooting a grappling hook into a Plane/Helicopter/Car traveling hundreds and miles a hour and being whisked along I WILL LAUGH out Loud in the theater. Because his arm would be detached or he wouldn’t be able to hang on to the hook…..

    I know some BM fans want to some how believe that stuff is possible…and see it on film and that’s fine. I prefer a more real BatMan who is a match for other humans but is at a real loss versus those with powers outside of his ability to inspire,Lead and think.

    • How do you enjoy any movies at all when your so caught up in the technicalities of realism. It’s a movie, chill out.

      • Haha good response

      • Oh I enjoy them just fine….love action films…Love the Old James Bond tongue in cheek style of movies. Because you know the stuff they do is just movie magic and they don’t try and sale it as being real. Same as Marvel camp movies you know they are playing in a fake non-emotional universe where one-liners and the laugh rules the day it’s fun and pure escapism. Do you really feel any emotion over Tony Starks dad being detached…or That Star Lords(Peter Quill) Mom died of cancer…LOL on the Run home he is whisk away in a space ship and then quickly cut ahead in time to him doing cool things with cool gadgets Que old rock song….Loved it but it’s so fake and shallow it’s laughable in away.

        But Man of Steel sit up a world that is a bit more grounded where emotion and depression are possible and real fears about having super powers and having them might be a scary type of thing a burden and curse not a great Gift….something that might need to be hidden. They also showed a world with real consequence to a super powered fight. Not the cheap ole transformers/Avengers let’s tear up a city but no collateral damage thing and everybody is happy and celebrating at the end.

        So if you create a fake entertainment universe and you stick to it I’m fine with it….but if you create a close to real universe and then start to break the laws of what a human etc. can do well then it’s sort of stupid.

        • OMG !! I loved your comment..

  9. Batjoke is going to be in his 40′s and Batjoke Fan girls still think he would match Superman? Please tell me what you’re smoking because I want a hit of that as well.

    If they ever fight in this movie it would be one sided. Did you see what Superman did to Zod? With out Krytonite Batjoke would die a painful death if that is Superman wants.

    Superman’s powers are absolute and I don’t see how a 40 yr man is going to stop him.

    This movie will be a fail if they show Superman and Batjoke to be equals which they’re not.

    And I want Superman to be the leader of the team as he should be. Making Batjoke the leader would only make me laugh.

    • Heard this one before.

    • I already can’t take the film seriously because they are planning an origins Justice League but yet they have an old, um Batjoke? LOL

    • Maybe they won’t actually fight. Maybe the “v” represent a cold war between them. A conflict that makes them work against each other. That would be perfectly possible.

      They aren’t equals if you only think of their physical powers. But they can certainly be equals if you think of them as a couple that can compliment each other.

      This version will most likely be emphasizing the detective and strategic skills of Batman. These are areas where he is Superman’s superior.

      And of course he can be the leader of Justice League. He’s the perfect leader.

    • Buddy, read or watch “The Dark Knight Returns”.
      A real good superhero story and an example of Batjoke…(??) kicking supes blue steel ass!

      G-day!

      • I have read DK and watched the animated version both good….but so outside the realm of even being semi-believable, only a 10-12 year old could believe it could happen. Superman is to powerful…X-ray vision,faster than the speed of sound,Super hearing….heck he would of saw what BM was planning at least 500 miles away with his super senses. The only way it could happen is if Super Man had a below 65 IQ and I don’t want a mentally challenged Superman.Or if he Let BatMan win in a effort to let him go off in a Grace Full manner with his pride intact.

        • What… could happen? That an alien from another planet can exist? Or that if Superman existed in this world he would be used by the US govt. to fulfill their political agenda? Or that superheroes would be politicised to the point that they could no longer function the way we expect them to in our Silver Age fantasies? I don’t think DKR is a book for 10-12 year olds, I read it back then and I disliked it severely. With its overly dramatic representation of sensationalist media, myth-making in the modern world, and Batman generally occupying a “gray” border between justice and crime, it took a while to appreciate it.

          And by the way………….. Batman DID NOT WIN in the battle against Superman in DKR.

          • My point was only a 10-12 yr old could believe BM could stand up for a second in a fight versus Superman.

            Batman and Green Arrow didn’t win? They had a Krypto Arrow…But Man says those famous lines…then fakes his heart attack and goes off….Superman winks at Robin so maybe you take it that Supes let him win.

            • This is a character whose greatest enemy is Lex Luthor. Superman can be taken down with Kryptonite, it isn’t that big a deal. Superman isn’t omnipotent, the myth surrounding him makes it so.

              Going back to the fight. No the K simply slowed him down, it wouldn’t have killed him. It would’ve weakened him to the point where the B-man can defeat him and give him a beating, but this is the same character who survived a nuclear blast, is in a sunless Gotham, and has Kryptonite all around him. He still isn’t shown to die. So no, Batman doesn’t win the physical battle, he wins the pyrrhic war to inspire people into challenging the sort of oppressive society that Superman and the US govt. upheld.

              The victory is far from physical. It’s the 300 ending.

        • Imagine for a second that you are Superman. You’re the most powerful being in the known universe. Nobody could kill you or even do that much to harm you. You have nothing to fear. Especially not from a human.

          So why would you use your super senses to see what your enemy is preparing for a fight with you? It’s not because you have an IQ of 65. It’s because you’re super self assured.

          Superman doesn’t think Batman can do anything just like all his fans in these threads so he doesn’t use his super senses to prepare for the fight. He doesn’t even think about it because he doesn’t think he needs to.

          That’s why Batman stands a chance. It’s not a big chance, but it’s there. Batman is a strategist. He plans series of attacks. He uses distraction. He anticipates his opponents moves and plans what to do next, so while Superman is still reacting to attack #1, attack #2 and 3 is coming.

          I think the sequel to TDKR illustrated this even better. There is a scene where Superman attacks the Batcave and Batman almost destroys him. Because he’s been planning how to respond to such an attack from Superman for decades. He knows Superman will do his usual thing and just break through because he can, no planning at all, but Batman is prepared to hit him with everything he’s got, when he’s inside.

          I think this has been demonstrated again and again in comics and other daptation. Superman charges in without a worry. He fears nothing. It’s his way. And it can be used against him.

          • So Shoveler your Superman a highly trained being individual who surpasses genius level intellect….his brain operates faster than a supercomputer.His intellect has allowed him to develop strategies to defeat foes who have equal or greater power. So I highly doubt Superman just waltzes in and doesn’t in a nano second run through a million different ways BatMan would attack him…at the very least he would use his super senses to preview the battle ground the one thing Superman is not is cocky or arrogant and he doesn’t take a opponent lightly.

            Now of course you mentioned a couple of Stupid contrived situations by a comic book writer to ensure BatMan can defeat Superman and the every man/joe can get all Jones’d up because a average Man like BatMan somehow win……this plays into the fantasy that anyone with billions of dollars, cool gadgets and some NINJA(oh gosh the over hyped pure fantasy Ninja training)technique could do those things.Truth is nobody can do what batman does in the comics,movies and cartoons without superpowers.

            And in those venues it’s fine and I even enjoy them but the reality of a semi-real world of the movies that have been set up in the DC world it doesn’t jive well to me.

            I love Batman….but as I said I cringe when I see him do things physical that would require superhuman strength to me it’s like cheating if he’s human and that makes what he does even more special and heroic don’t cheapin it with him doing unreal things.

            • If Superman really fit your description, he would never ever be in any kind of trouble against anybody. You are describing a Superman that would always be able to see everything coming by using his super senses or by using his genius level supercomputer brain to calculate millions of outcomes and know what to do.

              But when did that ever happen? Superman has been in trouble again and again and again through the years. His biggest enemy is just a smart human (Lex Luthor). You can’t assume that Superman also has a super brain.

              You call it a stupid contrived situation by a comic book writer. Are you forgetting that Superman is a character created by comic book writers? He’s only as super as they make him. And from a story writing point of view it doesn’t make any sense to make him so super that he can’t get into trouble. Because then there’s no drama left.

              And it sounds like you haven’t read the comic books I mentioned, because I never said Batman fought Superman with his own fists when Superman attacked the Batcave. I just said he hit him with a series of attacks. First he showered him with a rain of smaller bombs, then he brought 90 tons of rock down on him and finally he hit him with kryptonite napalm.

              Superman didn’t anticipate any of this. Much like you he just expected to show up and get no serious trouble from this puny human.

              • The superman I described is the superman who is listed in the Who,Who comics listing all the super heroes powers…and his powers listed on Wiki. SO that is the Superman in the comics…I can’t help it that most comic writers are lazy and have some weird idea that a normal human being could ever defeat a god with a simple strategy.And then of course they dumb him down to allow a aged normal human being to win. I get it is sales comics and is the ultimate underdog thing for the comic book readers but it’s also moronic and unreal..if a Superman with his powers did actually exist.. Superman needs to only fight the elite powerful foes of the universe. Batman,Green Arrow,Night Wing etc. should only fight other humans without special powers.

                I read them years ago the squeal I don’t recall as well…..but Hitting superman with bombs would be like spit wads and 90 tons of rocks would be like a pillow and of course Superman would and should expect the green rock at all times and use his powers to negate BM use of them.

                I mean come on Supers knows one of the things that can hurt/KIll him is Kryp. so he would always be wary of it and over prepared for it. The only way a Puny human could hurt him so would it be reality to just bust in and get sprayed with Kryptonite bullets or drowned with Kryp. napalm.

                Now in the upcoming movie it might be a believable because Superman doesn’t know it is harmful to his physical well being and maybe This superman doesn’t have all the powers of the comics,superbrain,etc. Which will be fine with me. But the BM of the comics versus SM was giggle worthy.

                • I have to point out again that Superman is created by comic book writers. He is only as strong as they make him. He only has the powers they give him.

                  Dumb him down? No, they’re just not “supering” him up to the levels you expect. There isn’t one true version of him that they must stick to. You can’t describe the powers of Superman without describing how they’ve changed over the years. You’ve probably heard of the ages: Golden Age, Silver/Bronze Age, Modern Age.

                  Your description fits the short times where his powers have peaked, but you can’t say that the peak is the one true version and that everybody else is dumbing him down. One might just as well argue that the few writers that made him that powerful and God-like for a time, are the ones that did wrong.

                  But there really is no wrong and right when you’re talking about fictional characters. So it doesn’t really make sense that you are stuck with a definition of Superman that only existed for a little while and was still also only a product of some comic book writers.

                  Of course Superman can be hurt by bombs and 90 tons of rock. It only depends on the story. It may not rip him apart or squash him. But think of it as equivalent to the punches of another superhuman. He is still gonna feel it. It can knock him down or out.

                  And there really is nothing moronic about it. Again I must point to Lex Luthor. A genius human who’s been a huge threat to Superman over the years. That shouldn’t be possible if Superman had always been the smartest one. Obviously he hasn’t.

          • “I don’t underestimate anyone.”
            That’s a quotation from Michael Jordan, when he was found in the locker room during the 1992 Olympics watching tape of Portugal playing instead of being out partying with the rest of the Dream Team. The greatest basketball player in the world, on the greatest basketball team in history, still making sure to watch out for friggin’ Portugal. Being self-assured doesn’t mean you don’t concern yourself with opponents.

  10. Man you made every bat-fan cream their pants with that pic.

  11. I still wonder who Scoot Mcnairy is playing? I also wonder if there will be another villain or if it will be Lex.

  12. Playing Daredevil to Batman…

  13. Wake me up when we get to Batmite v Mxysptlk.

  14. I’m assuming that a large portion of the Batman spin-off movie will be treated the same way they treat the Wonder Woman spin-off movie. This whole universe is turned upside down from the comic-world now that we have superheroes emerging OUT OF a JLA movie instead of MOVING INTO the JLA.

    But it’s a brilliant way of going past the origin story though. Maybe treating origin beats like they do in the comics or how they did it in MoS.

  15. Your has old has you feel.

  16. Being beat doesnt have to be physical.. Batman knows he cant exchange punches with Superman without some kind of armor.. Batman can beat Superman psychologically… and in the words of stan lee it is up to the writer if comic book writer in who will win in a fight between two heroes

  17. Everyone complaining about batman being told old or not strong enough clearly doesn’t know much about the batman comics or how he beat superman multiple times. As for him being to old to be In justice league, I can shatter that disbelief with two words. Lazarus pit. If u think the writers don’t know that batman is old and is gonna get the s*** kicked out of him at some point In this movie your just dumb. I imagine at the end when it’s all said and done Bruce will find the pit, take a dip and come out feeling and looking much healthier and youthful. Why has no one else thought of this??

    • Because it would out Bruce Wayne as Batman. How do you explain Bruce Wayne suddenly looking so much younger?

      It doesn’t have to line up perfectly with the comics. It’s its own separate universe. I can see Dawn of Justice setting up the characters to band together in Justice League to fight Darkseid, and the followup being a “Kingdom Come” style story where old heroes fight each other.. Or something. I don’t really remember much of Kingdom Come, I read it over ten years ago lol

  18. If they were going with an older more seasoned Batman. Why not have Michael Keaton come back and have this be a direct sequel to the original Tim Burton films. Even have Jack Nicholson back as the Joker. Work out the script where he lived. Really make people feel more connected to the story line. A Batman we have known for decades.

    • As awesome as that sounds, it’s really ridiculous. Burton’s style Batman wouldn’t work as well today. Also, why recycle old ideas when Affleck’s Batman could truly shine? We won’t truly know until we see it..

  19. Why not establish the Bat Family in this film (Mention Robin and Nightwing), and in Dawn Of Justice let Final Crisis play out with Bruce “dying.” The Batman opens with Nightwing as Batman and the film centers around Bruce’s struggle to regain his proper place in time. By the finale, he returns, but tells Dick to continue on, and he takes a secondary role as an “Oracle” like character, similar to what he did in Batman Beyond. That way Batman Beyond fans are satisfied, and people like me who actually enjoyed Nightwing’s run in the Batsuit could also be satisfied. And that doesn’t mean Bruce can’t retake the cowl at anytime. It’d be fun! And also, since this is an “older” Batman, probably with an established Bat Family, why not introduce the Red Hood and give him his own film? DC Could flesh out their universe with the Bat Family alone, and since they insist on putting Batman in everything to get people to fill theater seats, using the Bat Family this way could do that without over-saturating the market with Bat films. Just saying!

  20. Who cares? The movie is going to suck whatever the character’s age is. The last good movie DC backed was The Justice League: The New Frontier.

  21. Let me guess, you’re telling me I’m invalid because you don’t want negative comments about this movie. Oh well.

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