The Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice issue of Empire magazine doesn’t go on sale until tomorrow, but subscribers have already received an early copy. Comic Book Movie has been flipping through the pages, and have provided great info and scans for those of us who are waiting for it to hit newsstands.

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“Initially I thought, ‘I’m older, it doesn’t seem like the right sort of fit for me,'” Ben Affleck explained. “Then Zack pitched me his concept for this older, more broken, kind of f*cked up Batman. It was something we haven’t seen. We have seen that Batman is willing to cross the line to protect people. That vigilantism has been a part of his character all along, and we are tapping into that mentality when faced by something as potentially as deadly a Superman.”

Director Zack Snyder also commented on Ben Affleck playing an older Batman than we’ve seen on screen before. “We are playing him 45 or 46, he has been Batman for 20 years. All the history is there. Was there a Robin at one time? Possibly.”

Obviously this interview was done before the Comic-Con trailer for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice was released. We all saw the Robin costume hanging in the Batcave with the Joker’s graffiti all over it.

The Empire feature also reveals that Batman has a history with The Joker, Harley Quinn, and the rest of the Suicide Squad. In fact, he’s the one who captured them all and put them in the prison that we see in the Suicide Squad trailer.

There are also some great new images in the latest issue of Empire. I’ve added some from the iPad edition while we wait for hi-res versions from Warner Bros..

SOURCE: Empire (via Comic Book Movie)

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