At this point, it’s no secret that Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice will feature an older and hardened Batman. It’s a welcome change given how many times we’ve seen Batman’s origin. However, exactly how long Batman’s been on the scene hasn’t been disclosed. Ten years? 20? Well, according to a report by Devin Faraci of Badass Digest, Bruce Wayne has been around three decades by the time Batman V Superman begins, meaning Bruce Wayne is in his 50s. This explains why recent set pictures show Ben Affleck rocking some gray hair. Affleck turns 42 soon, so they have to age up that handsome face of his. Don’t deny it, the man looks good.
I should have seen this coming given how much The Dark Knight Returns is inspiring this film, but honestly, I’m surprised he’s in his 50s. Given Affleck’s age, I was guessing that Batman’s been scaring evildoers for about 15 years. 20 tops! I didn’t think they would actually take him to his Returns age. This reaffirms yet again that we’re getting a much different Batman for the DC Cinematic Universe, ideally one more strategy oriented; something which hasn’t been covered as well in the previous movies.
UPDATE: Batman-News.com has sources that state that Batman will be in his 40s in the movie, not his 50s. Again, neither publication has been confirmed, so we’ll have to wait and see whether Batman is a quadragenarian or quinquagenarian.
However, despite his long crime fighting career, apparently the Batfleck has maintained a low profile during those three decades. Faraci describes him as “a quieter operator, not involved in blockbuster battles but in all sorts of badass vigilantism.” He also hasn’t been at it alone, either.
In this version Batman is still an urban legend, a creature of the night, and no one has ever taken his picture. But he’s had plenty of adventures, and the Batcave includes a memorial centered around a tattered Robin costume.
This is one of two things. Either Dick Grayson didn’t bother to get his old Robin uniform repaired after becoming Nightwing, or (and this would be so much better) Batman has a memorial for Jason Todd! With three decades on the job, it’s not hard to imagine Bruce going through several Robins, and after losing one of them to his arch-nemesis, he started working alone again. If DC is indeed planning a Batman solo film, Jason Todd’s return as Red Hood would make an excellent story. Just don’t make it too similar to Batman: Under the Hood.
Oh, and as an added bonus, Faraci also revealed that Wonder Woman has been active and keeping a low profile before Batman V Superman. I’m intrigued at how an Amazon warrior wielding a sword and lasso is able to work as secretive as the guy wearing a dark costume at night. Come to think of it, that’s not too clandestine either, is it?
SOURCE: Badass Digest