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Ben Affleck Batman Is Different Than Christian Bale Dark Knight

Posted By:Matt McGloin
Sun, 04/10/2016 - 18:47

This is pretty much a given, but I suppose if anyone out there actually thought the new Justice League movie universe was a continuation of the Christopher Nolan Dark Knight Batman universe, producer Charles Roven clears things up.

Coming Soon suggested to Roven that it could be looked at that the older Ben Affleck Batman in Batman Vs. Superman is actually the same Batman as Christian Bale, but set further into the future.

Charles Roven shot down that theory noting super humans don't exist within the world of Nolan's Batman, but do within the new Justice League universe:

Do you think so? We really wanted to make a clear demarcation line. Chris [Nolan], Emma [Thomas] and I would talk about how, in his “Dark Knight” trilogy universe, there are no superheroes. Batman is not a superhero. He doesn’t have super powers. Chris would always say, “His super power is that he’s a billionaire. He’s got all this money.” I viewed it that Bruce Wayne was a man who took his human abilities, whether they were physical or mental, and pushed them to the absolute peak of the human condition. But he still wasn’t a superhero. Then the villains, whether it was Ra’s al Ghul or the Joker or Bane, they were also all human. They might be aberrant, messed up and diabolical, but they were human beings. When we started doing “Man of Steel,” Chris and Emma were producers on that one as well. They knew that they were opening up a whole different universe. Even though the fans sometimes talked about, “Maybe Joe [Gordon-Levitt] is going to be the Batman in ‘Batman versus Superman,'” we knew that was never going to be the case because it is a different universe. In the universe we created with “Man of Steel,” there are superheroes. There are aliens. There are metahumans. The character of Batman isn’t Christian Bale ten years later. He’s different. He’s come up a different way. His parents, even though they died outside a movie theater, didn’t die outside an Opera theater. We thought about those things. I was involved with both movies and “Dark Knight Rises” was three or four years from the time I started working on “Batman v Superman.” It made me feel better that I could go, “That was that and this is this.” It’s just going to a different place with the material and expanding it out.

Regarding Ben Affleck, he's writing a new Batman standalone movie script with Geoff Johns, and Affleck is due to start filming Justice League this week.

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