Everyone is entitled to form their own opinion. When Ben Affleck was originally cast as Batman, he was excelling in the directors chair and put most of the acting part of his career on the back burner. Fans were crying for help when they initially heard the news. Then Batman V Superman released a lineup of trailers that suddenly got everyone intrigued. When the film released, most of the haters were ultimately silenced, and convinced that he’s the right Batman for the DCEU.
Then there’s Kevin Conroy, who’s known to comic book fans as the amazing and highly touted voice of several animated incarnations of Batman over the years. To many, he’s their most beloved version of the caped crusader. He’s voiced the character in a variety of films, TV, and video games, so there’s no doubt he knows the in’s and out’s of the character.
He recently spoke to IGN and here’s what he had to say:
“Personally I love the fact that Batman – in the stories I’ve done, and the way he’s been rendered by Bruce Timm and Paul Dini, the people I’ve worked with most closely – he never kills anybody. He doesn’t cross that line. Batman is not a killer. In the most recent live action movie, that seems to have been a line that was crossed and it’s not one I’m particularly comfortable with.”
Batman is notoriously known for having a “no killing” rule, but has bent the rules on screen before. Snyder’s take on the character was a lot different only in this regard, which has clearly left a sour taste in Conroy’s mouth. Ben Affleck’s solo Batman film – which he’s also directing – is said to be based off the Arkham video game series, but Conroy explains that it only works when in tandem with the no kill rule. He further expanded upon this:
“He puts them [villains] into Arkham Asylum, which is what is so brilliant about the Arkham Games – someone realised, ‘my god, all these incredible villains are all in the same institution – let’s get a video game in there’. It’s a brilliant idea. But the fact that Batman never kills anyone – I loved that fact.”
While Conroy’s statement makes a lot of sense, Snyder’s approach to the character shows us that Batman is still just a human, albeit a significant one. One tainted with so much loss, and now having to deal with an alien showing up on Earth for the first time, you can imagine the anger and frustration. Jeremy Irons’ Alfred argued with him several times, implying that he’s lost his way. By the end of the movie, Superman’s sacrifice showed Bruce that humans can be better, and that they can rebuild, and he speaks for himself first. This shows us his new view on life, but it all really depends on your point of view.
Ben Affleck’s Batman will appear next in Zack Snyder’s Justice League, scheduled to release on November 17, 2017.