Batman V Superman left some critics and fans disappointed, inspired antipathy in others, drew raves (or, at least, acceptance) from some, and probably earned a few shrugs from those who aren’t interested in internet firefights. Batman V Superman is a divider, not a uniter, is what I’m saying. But… and here’s the part where I’d usually write something like, “the one thing we can all agree on is that Ben Affleck’s Batman was superb,” but I’m not delusional and I don’t feel like lying to you today.
The fact is, Batfleck’s reception was as unevenly received as the rest of the film, but with a script from the star/filmmaker reportedly completed, the financial success of Dawn of Justice, and the character’s proven bankability, a solo Batman film is inevitable. And I think that’s just great. Full disclosure, I liked Batman V Superman, warts and all. And the best part, to me, was Affleck’s violent and scarred Batman. Not only did it help to power Dawn of Justice, but it also offers hope when it comes to said inevitable solo film. Here’s why.