Ben Affleck in Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice

Who he is: Batman, a.k.a. Bruce Wayne

His power: Famously, nothing. He’s got smarts, skills, and lots of money, but no super-powers whatsoever. He’s proficient in multiple martial arts, an all-around Olympic-level athlete, and a master of stealth. He possesses a genius-level intellect and spends much of his time pursuing practical advances in crimefighting technology. He is also roundly acclaimed by his peers as the “World’s Greatest Detective,” even if that aspect of his adventures is often glossed over in the movies. He is endlessly crafty, often to the point of obsession, and can usually deduce multiple effective methods of incapacitating far more powerful foes. And last but not least, as Bruce Wayne he is insanely wealthy, and it is this wealth that allows him the freedom and resources to pursue his one-man crusade against crime.


His story: Bruce Wayne watched in horror as his parents were killed in front of his eyes by an anonymous mugger. He vowed to avenge their deaths and set out to become the world’s most skilled crimefighter. The origin remains the same as in every other iteration of the character, but the Batman we meet in Batman V Superman is older, slightly more cunning, but also wearier and less patient. He has experienced great loss in his career, particularly the death of Robin—Jason Todd—at the hands of the Joker. Paranoid following a series of unsettling and possibly precognitive dreams, Batman allows himself to be easily manipulated into conflict with Superman by Lex Luthor. Although Affleck’s Batman is physically imposing, moving at times with the swiftness and brutality of Jason Voorhees, he is also tired, physically and emotionally, of carrying the burden of a long life fighting a seemingly futile war against the forces of evil. He blames himself for his part in Superman’s death and has vowed to carry on the Man Of Steel’s legacy alongside Wonder Woman.

Played by: Ben Affleck

Currently, Batman is: Presumably assembling the Justice League along with Wonder Woman, as seen in the last moments of Batman V Superman.

Where will we see him next? The first Justice League film, already filming and due in theaters in 2017.