We’ve heard all kinds of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice rumors over the last year, from stories about Robin to a possible cameo from Aquaman, but the latest talk is all about Bruce Wayne’s mansion.
New reports have been circulating saying that production on Batman v Superman is getting ready to shoot scenes in what could wind up being Wayne Manor. This story, however, comes with a twist. The house that is said to be in use is a rather decrepit old brick building with boarded windows and an unkempt lawn. Obviously this isn’t a typical description of the stately manor from DC Comics, but it could tell us something interesting about what Zack Snyder and his crew are doing with their incarnation of Dark Knight.
If that run-down old mansion is actually Wayne Manor, what does that potentially say about the plot of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice? We have a few ideas…
Bruce Wayne Is BrokeMoney has long been a huge part of Bruce Wayne hiding his secret identity, as nobody would imagine that the billionaire playboy gallivanting around Gotham could possibly be the Caped Crusader, but what if that was taken away from the hero in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Sure, we kind of got a taste of this in Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises, but what if Ben Affleck’s Bruce Wayne has no choice but to let all of his money flow into his vigilante activities, allowing Wayne Manor to go to hell? Maybe Wayne Enterprises has gone under because the man with his name on the building has been too distracted fighting crime.
He Abandoned It After His Parents DiedAlmost every Batman story ever written has featured adult Bruce Wayne returning to live in his parent’s mansion and using it has a headquarters for his superhero work, but this new location might suggest that Zack Snyder and his crew are going in a different direction with that part of the origin. Perhaps this version of Bruce Wayne was never able to return to his original home due to the painful memories of his parents. This would allow Wayne Manor to continue to be a location of extreme significance while also splicing in a bit of originality in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
Bruce Wayne Is Gone, The Batman LivesIt was established a long time ago that Ben Affleck’s Batman will be a seasoned veteran when it comes to kicking supervillain ass, but what if Zack Snyder is planning to take that idea to some extreme levels? Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’s Dark Knight may be completely consumed within his superhero identity, allowing some of the symbols of Bruce Wayne – like the mansion – to fall to pieces. Bruce may come up for air occasionally, but this incarnation of the character may be far more used to wearing a Batsuit than a business suit. This also has potential to create an interesting dynamic between Bruce and Alfred, depending on what direction they decide to go with it.
Alfred Is Sick/DyingBruce Wayne has classically never been great and picking up for himself, being far too busy both crime fighting and keeping up public appearances, but that’s why he’s always had Alfred – his trusty butler and friend who will be played by Jeremy Irons in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Following that thought, if Wayne Manor is in complete disrepair, is it possible that Alfred has been put out of commission? Of my theories, this may be the weakest – as I’m sure that Zack Snyder will do everything he can to avoid inviting Batman and Robin comparisons – but that doesn’t completely dismiss it as a reasoning for Bruce Wayne’s home being in such disrepair.
One Of Batman's Psychotic Foes Has Destroyed ItBeing the home of Batman, Wayne Manor is a location that seems to constantly have a target on it. After all, the Caped Crusader tussles with a lot of crazy criminals, and when they find out where the hero lives they tend to get into a mood for demolition. Fans have seen this happen many times in both the comics and in the movies, and it’s possible that we could be seeing it yet again in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. I’m not saying that we’ll necessarily see the mansion destroyed in the film, but what if it was destroyed years before the movie begins? What stands could just be what’s left after a vicious attack.