Ben Affleck's portrayal of Batman was a ruthless one in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice earlier this year. The caped crusader gunned down enemies in his Batmobile and even at point blank range when necessary. However, he may have a bit of a different approach when we meet him again in 2017's Justice League.
"Batman went to a very dark place that was rooted in this trauma occurred to the people that he loved and worked with and what he saw," Affleck explained to Comicbook.com and a group of other reporters while standing beside a Justice League set wearing his brand new Batsuit. "This really is not about that issue for him so much anymore. He's no longer extreme in that way. From the experiences of the last movie, he sort of learns some things I think and now is... I'm trying to say it without giving away any spoilers, but he's feeling like he's wanting to redeem himself and he's wanting mankind to be redeemed and he's wanting to make the world better, having learned lessons that were important in the last movie."
Not only is Batman undergoing a bit of a change of heart but Justice League as a whole is shaping up to be a brighter, lighter movie by comparison to Batman v. Superman.
"DC movies are, I think, by their nature still a little bit more Gothic or more mythic rather than some comic book movies are, but [Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice] was a heavy, dark movie," Affleck said. "It was really rooted in Dark Knight Returns, which is a heavy, dark book. This is not that. This is a step in evolution from that about bringing together all these characters, ones who had their origins and it's about multilateralism and it's about hope. It's about working together and the kind of conflicts that you have trying to work together with others. It's a world with all these other superheroes that exist."
In the same discussion Affleck also confirmed he will be directing a standalone Batman movie and told us his current stance on the film's script.
Justice League is set for release November 17, 2017.