With Batman Vs. Superman gearing up to start production this spring, MoviePilot.com has unearthed several new details regarding Ben Affleck's Batman in this highly-anticipated superhero sequel. Of course, none of this has been confirmed yet, but if they do prove to be true, there will be plenty of spoilers listed below, so read on at your own risk.
We reported in September that Batman will be "tired and weary" in this sequel directed by Zack Snyder, but this new report indicates that Bruce Wayne will be 40 years old and "retired" from crimefighting for seven years, which is allegedly the time gap between Man of Steel and The Dark Knight Rises. This report also claims that the events of Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight are being treated as "canon," although certain aspects such as Bane's death and Thalia's involvement will not be canon.
After the events of The Dark Knight Rises, Wayne retired his Batman persona to rebuild Gotham, with Robin (not the version played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt in The Dark Knight Rises) becoming Batman's first protege. During those seven years, he built a team of crimefighters including Robin, Nightwing, BatWing, BatGirl and RedRobin, known as the BatFamily. The Joker devised a plan to get Batman's attention by targeting his youngest and most inexperienced protege, which lead to the death of Robin, something that Batman has blamed himself for, which also reportedly sets up a Batman: Under the Red Hood solo movie to come sometime after this sequel to Man of Steel.
Wayne has also devised an army of BatDrones and BatAndroids (BatArmy) to help keep Gotham safe, and Wayne is now considered to be one of the most influential men in the world after helping to rebuild Gotham, which became known internationally as "Batman's City" between the events of Man of Steel and The Dark Knight Rises.
This report reveals that Gotham is now being lead by Bruce Wayne and his Gotham Enterprises by day, and his BatFamily and BatArmy by night. Speculation grows that Bruce Wayne is actually Batman, but he reveals in the press that he has merely been financing The Dark Knight's operation, and has never met him, arguing that Gotham would have been destroyed without Batman. The superhero has become an international legend in the events that follow The Dark Knight Rises, with many believing he is still watching over Gotham as a guardian angel. The authorities are not too fond of his growing legend, and they want to put a stop to the BatFamily.
After witnessing the destruction of Metropolis in Man of Steel, with Bane's reign of terror still fresh in his memory, Wayne decides to do research on Kal-El (Henry Cavill) and finds out everything there is to know about him. He also decides to get involved in the rebuilding of Metropolis, which means working with LexCorp, something he is not thrilled about, but knows is for the greater good.
We also reported in February that Jesse Eisenberg's Lex Luthor takes a meeting with Bruce Wayne at his LexCorp offices in the first scene of the movie, details which seem to fall in line with the latter part of this report, which also claims that the BatSuit and Batmobile are "A...MA...ZING."
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