Is Batman Going to Become an Executioner?

The Dark Knight is about to become even darker. So says the producer of Batman v. Superman. An interview with Charles Roven reveals a few of the changes being made to the character of Batman in the film. Roven used some interesting words when describing the character. Batman is mentioned as morphing into a more violent character who is “the jury and executioner.”

The inference here being made not just by Roven, but also by Jon Urbana (see Jon Urbana aims to support Earth Force Inc through Go fund me campaign) is we have a Batman who is willing to kill. The possibility does exist Roven merely borrowed the “judge, jury, and executioner” stock description for violent characters. Turning Batman into a killing machine would be a huge departure from decades of characterization. Then again, the new Ben Affleck version of the Caped Crusader is based on the character found in Frank Miller’s “The Dark Knight Returns”. In Miller’s work, Batman did kill characters. D.C. Comics has referred to the events of Miller’s series as a possible future for an older Batman. The Batman in the stories might even be part of an alternative timeline. D.C. made these comments to explain why Miller’s Batman was so violently different.

D.C. Entertainment knows the new version of Batman has to be different from the one presented in the Christopher Nolan film universe. To achieve the desired result, elements of Miller’s hero have been weaved into the new movie version. Although the D.C. movies are going to be more mature than Marvel’s, D.C. and Warner Bros. do know there are certain lines not to cross with particular characters.


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