Ben Affleck delivers a great performance in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. The early sequence when he’s charging into Metropolis during the Zod fight is really phenomenal, and throughout the course of the film you can truly feel the rage that is boiling under his skin. It’s certainly a credit to Affleck as an actor – but the problem is that he’s playing an interpretation of Batman that isn’t properly in sync with the best versions of the character that we’ve seen, and all-in-all makes for a rough start for him in the growing DC Cinematic Universe.

When broken down, my central problems with the adaptation of the comic book hero in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice can be summed up in five basic parts – looking back on not only the character’s legendary past, but also how we expect him to fit into the building film franchise. Some of the issues can be fixed in a sequel, and some are unfortunately permanent. We’ll start with one in the latter category…

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Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
Killing people creates not just moral issues, but logical ones too
Let’s get this out of the way: while most Batman comics have the character sticking to his "no killing" rule, there is comic book precedent of the character taking lives. He’s assassinated villains in their sleep, locked them away in deep, dark holes to presumably starve to death; and even hung one guy from his Batwing until he passed away. That being said, there is a reason why he’s typically not portrayed snuffing people out: it not only makes him harder to root for, but it also screws up the logic of his legendary rogues gallery.

It’s simply logical that we can appreciate Batman more if it seems that he understands the value of human life, but let me also pose this question: if Bruce Wayne has no problem shooting criminals or running henchmen over with his Batmobile, why is the Joker still alive? It’s suggested that the Clown Prince of Crime murdered a Robin, so why is he in Arkham instead of six feet under? And even if you credit that situation with the special relationship between Batman and The Joker, there’s still no explanation as to why there are enough villains still breathing to assemble a Suicide Squad.

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