Ben Affleck as Batman. Photo: Supplied by LMK
My dreaming would be to lose the toy and to focus more on the mission, and to use the city a great deal more, said Miller, who wrote the seminal Batman
Millers strategy for reinventing the caped reformer sounds a lot closer to Christopher Nolans relatively minimalist Dark Knight
trilogy than Dawn of Justice
, which threw itself into an epic, outsized storyline and found itself faltering in the details with a dark knight who seemed strangely disconnected from his traditional moral centre.
With luck, we might get to see a Batman closer to his pulpy detective-story roots in Ben Afflecks upcoming solo outing, The Batman. But if the demands of the DC universe make a minimalistic caped crusader an unlikely prospect any time soon, Afflecks brother Casey might have just the tonic. Variety reports that the younger sibling is pitching a new thriller titled Villain, which will focus on a Batman-style vigilante who gains superpowers after being shot in the head during a brutal burglary. Intriguingly, this new real-world superhero sounds a lot like Afflecks raging, murderous dark knight in Dawn of Justice. Is the younger Affleck satirising his fucking brother work? To quote the trade bible 😛 TAGEND
The movie is set in a city overrun with crime. Afflecks character loses everything of meaning in their own lives when a brutal home invasion leaves his family dead and two bullets lodged in his head. He develops a unique power in the wake of his trauma an ability to see into peoples pasts, presents, and futures and goes on a mission of retaliation to discovery the men who killed his family, and in the process clean up his city long overdue for justice.
But as his vigilante acts become more frequent and violent in nature, his arrival as the citys hero may instead be the proclamation of its most prolific villain.
As the superhero genre continues to gain in popularity, it was perhaps inevitable that we would insure comic book tropes beginning to seep into other genres. What are the heroes and rogues of Josh Tranks Chronicle, Neil Burgers Limitless or Luc Bessons Lucy experiencing, after all, if not a form of superpower? In fact, as Miller indicates, the only reason studios need to keep their heroes wearing recognisable costumes is to make sure they sell plenty of toys.
Comic-book cinemas remain in their relative infancy the oft-compared western genre took more than three decades to make its peak and it seems unlikely that audiences will tire of superheroes with silly names, outlandish outfits and extravagant powers any time soon. But there is surely room for more introspective and cerebral material that plays on our fascination with superhuman abilities especially with the meta-fuelled Kick-Ass tale having most likely given us our last big screen instalment.
Which Affleck superhero flick would you rather insure? Bens epic tale of gun-toting Batmans battle with Deathstroke on the street of Gotham? Or Caseys intriguing examination of the debasing nature of superpowers? Im a huge Batman fan, but Im going with the younger Affleck on this one.