Batman may be one of the darkest and edgiest superheroes around but traditionally, he draws the line at using lethal force in his war on crime. Batman’s “no kill” policy has been a staple of the character’s mythos for years, with perhaps no better example than his steadfast refusal to kill the Joker in The Dark Knight (2008).
Of course, Ben Affleck’s portrayal of the character in the upcoming film Batman v Superman is a new incarnation of the character, so there’s a lot of room to differentiate him from the Caped Crusaders of the past, but is DC actually going to make him a killer? According to producer Charles Roven, the answer could very well be yes.
Speaking to Empire, Roven went on record stating that Aflleck’s Batman “is not giving people a chance” in the new film. “He is more than a vigilante. He has become not only the cop, if you will, he has also become the jury and executioner.”
Roven could just be using a familiar expression to emphasize how committed this Batman is to carrying out his own personal brand of justice, but it’s hard to deny that the word executioner suggests that Affleck’s Batman goes against type and is willing to kill if he has to.
“He’s seen the worst of what man can do,” Roven went on to say. “He’s been darkened by it, he’s tougher, he’s angrier, I guess.” While he wouldn’t go into details about what, exactly, defines “the worst of what man can do,” Roven did hint that this Batman has “lost those that are near and dear to him, and not necessarily from old age or disease.”
As if the casting of Ben Affleck wasn’t already a source of contention with some fans, now there’s the possibility that this characterization could be one of the most controversial in Batman’s history.
What do you think? Does a Batman who’s not afraid to get his hands dirty sound in keeping with the tone and style of Batman v Superman or is the breaking of Batman’s no kill policy one step too far?