I’ve heard for a while now that Ben Affleck’s Batman in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice would be in his mid-40s. Last week a new rumor came out which contradicted that claim, and said that Batman would be a 30-year veteran crime fighter who is in his 50s. A man who would know better than most is one of the executive producers, Michael Uslan. Asbury Park Press interviewed Uslan to talk about the 75th anniversary of Batman, but they wrapped with Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice:
Uslan will be one of the executive producers on 2016’s “Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice,” and he said he’s seen a similar type of skepticism meet that film’s casting of Ben Affleck as Batman.
“We’ve been through this I don’t know how many times already,” Uslan said. “Every time a director makes a creative, out-of-the-box-thinking decision on casting, it tends to get this. I remember even the ‘Iron Man’ guys got it on Robert Downey Jr. initially.
“Of course, we got it intensely when another genius, Chris Nolan, chose Heath Ledger to play the Joker. And it was a huge outcry: ‘How can a guy who just played a gay cowboy play the Joker? You’re going to destroy the greatest villain ever, this is going to be a laugh.’
“So, this has happened time and again, and it happened with Affleck. To go back to the original thought of Bruce Wayne in his mid-40s, I think he’s going to be extraordinary.”
So there you have it. Ben Affleck’s Batman will be in his mid-40s, not in his 50s as was reported last week.
Update: Michael Uslan gave a very similar response in an interview from this past February. I completely forgot about it. We’ve known that Ben Affleck’s Batman is going to be in his mid-40s for a while now.
SOURCE: Asbury Park Press