Batman has always been the ultimate loner, but even he recognizes the fact that he needs friends in Justice League. Ben Affleck made his debut as the iconic DC Comics superhero in Zack Snyder's Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice last year, and he will be reprising his role in the filmmaker's Justice League later this fall, alongside Superman (Henry Cavill) and Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), as well as The Flash (Ezra Miller), Aquaman (Jason Momoa), and Cyborg (Ray Fisher).
The movie's producers have repeatedly stated that Batman was at the end of his rope in Batman V Superman; he was willing to go toe-to-toe with the world's most powerful being because he believed that the alien posed a threat to society. But seeing Superman sacrifice himself to save the world in the climactic fight against Doomsday had truly impacted Batman and it allowed him to regain his faith in humanity. Part of that newfound hope includes finding others willing to fight alongside him, facing down an impending threat from extraterrestrial forces, such as Steppenwolf and his army of Parademons. Of course, it won't be easy for him to do, especially considering that he has defended Gotham City against countless villains over the span of an entire career in crime-fighting.
In an interview with US Weekly, Ben Affleck reiterated Batman's newfound faith in humanity, as well as his willingness to find other superheroes like himself. Here's what Affleck had to say on the matter:
"In Batman v Superman, he was at the end of his rope. But in Justice League, he’s finding hope again. He has to open up and play well with others. He knows he needs them."
We've seen him make such attempts in the mid-credits scene for David Ayer's Suicide Squad as well as in virtually all the Justice League trailers thus far. After all, after years of seeing Batman beat virtually every enemy to a pulp, audiences finally saw the Caped Crusader get a little bit in over his head when fighting Doomsday in Batman V Superman alongside two god-like beings. Being the only non-super powered hero in the League makes him the outlier, and we'll see him struggle to fit in with the others. Per Affleck:
"He’s sort of the ultimate loner, but he’s really trying to make it work and develop a good relationship with all of them. He might be a mentor to The Flash."
It has been a long and arduous journey getting Justice League onto the big screen, but comic book fans and casual moviegoers will finally get their chance to see the world's finest heroes in action when the film hits theaters this November.
Source: US Weekly
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