“Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice” is once again on the cover of Entertainment Weekly (EW) – in this case, two, with Ben Affleck’s Bat of Gotham on one, and Henry Cavill’s Man of Steel on the other. The film is hailed as the clash of the superhero titans between the Son of Krypton and the Son of Gotham, in which one wants to make the other bleed like any other man – including one who spends his evenings beating up bad guys by dressing like a bat.
“He’s also always been kind of a dark guy,” Ben said of his Batman/Bruce Wayne in the interview. “You can’t go out at night and avenge crime the way he does, obviously, without a darker view of the world, but you can see that this probably contributes in some degree to the greater cycle of violence. And that doesn’t put an end to crime. … He’s very disillusioned and very bitter.”
Batman remains “a dark guy” for one simple reason: he is indeed the Dark Knight that serves as Gotham’s watchful protector/silent guardian, a masked vigilante that takes justice into his own hands in dealing with the kind of criminals that murdered his parents when Bruce Wayne was a young child, the kind of criminals that the Gotham City police – perhaps the law and/or legal system – sometimes can’t or won’t handle. Case in point: Joker, Riddler, Penguin, Scarecrow, Mr. Freeze, Poison Ivy, Ra’s al Ghul, Two-Face, Bane, and the endless rogue gallery of super-villains that continues to plague the brooding Caped Crusader in his lone mission against evil and corruption. Superman, on the other hand, serves on the side of law and order as a champion of the underdog, a defender for truth, justice, and the American Way, a protector of the weak and downtrodden.
Caught in the middle between these two, though? Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, but as the recent trailer showed, it’s going to dawn on billionaire playboy Wayne and his masked alter-ego that Diana Prince and her Amazonian warrior princess alter-ego aren’t like any of the other women he has met, loved, lost, or all the above – with the exception of Catwoman, though. Like Superman and Batman, Wonder Woman serves as a symbol of truth, hope, and justice as one of the founding members of the Justice League. But Wonder Woman stands even greater for what’s right and might in the world: female empowerment, equality, liberty, freedom, compassion, understanding, and love.
“You’ve got to remember that Batman is the world’s greatest detective,” Ben continues, “and if he suspects that there may be more, and if he suspects in particular that Diana may be somebody special, he gets inspired. … I think it’s exciting to him that she’s out there and, ultimately, without giving too much away, he realizes that it’s not only exciting, but also necessary that he finds more of them if they are, in fact, out there.”
But where does that leave Superman, the world’s greatest superhero? He may be in need of inspiration – and more – from Wonder Woman, as well. After all, these two are indeed perfect in paradise as a superhero supercouple.
We’ll see, though, when “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice” comes out on March 25.