There will be SPOILERS that follow, so read on at your own risk: Way back in September 2013, not long after Ben Affleck was cast as The Dark Knight in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Warner Bros. CEO Kevin Tsujihara revealed that this version of the Caped Crusader will be "tired and weary and he's been doing it for awhile." Today, we have new details from Badass Digest that reveal not only how long this version of Batman has been around, but also what happened to iconic character Commissioner James Gordon.
When Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice begins, Ben Affleck's Batman has been operating in Gotham City for 17 years, which not only lends credence to the WB CEO's "tired and weary" comments, but opens up this world for a vast amount of untold stories set within this universe, which we may see in a number of the future films that have already been announced. The site reveals that James Gordon has died at some point in the past before Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice opens. It isn't known how or why he died, but a memorial plaque to Gordon is mentioned in the script.
This death won't have a huge impact on the film, according to Badass Digest, since only two scenes take place in Gotham, one where Superman (Henry Cavill) goes in search of Batman, and a "climactic fight scene." Earlier versions of the script before Chris Terrio came on board also mentioned a deceased Robin, but these scenes were omitted from later drafts. The site speculates that perhaps The Joker, played by Jared Leto in Suicide Squad, may have killed Gordon, a plot point which could be introduced in future movies.
Ben Affleck's Batman is also said to be the lead of Justice League Part 1 and Justice League Part 2, since he's the one responsible for putting the team together. We also get a few new details about Jeremy Irons' Alfred Pennyworth, who we reported earlier today will be more "hands-on" than your average butler. Much like Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy, this version of Alfred advises Bruce on his conflict with the Man of Steel, "by telling him a long tale about two competing samurai who come to blows while trying to save a village."
What do you think about these new Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice details? Naturally, nothing has been confirmed yet, but some of this information does fall in line with previous reports. Chime in with your thoughts below.