Have that grain of salt ready? Because it’s time for an unconfirmed Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice rumor! Badass Digest is purporting to have some intel on the movie’s plot, especially its timeline as compared to the Batman mythos as we usually know it, Man of Steel, and Wonder Woman’s own history.
We already knew that Ben Affleck would play an aging Bruce Wayne. But Badass Digest claims that when Bat v Supes opens, Wayne will have already been Batman for 30-odd years, pushing him into his 50s:
In this version Batman is still an urban legend, a creature of the night, and no one has ever taken his picture. But he’s had plenty of adventures, and the Batcave includes a memorial centered around a tattered Robin costume.
Aww! Still, this is a keen way to solidly distance Batman v Superman from Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy, by making this Caped Crusader a more withdrawn figure playing the long game, rather than a bombastic force making headlines by leaving Gotham, training in foreign prisons, drag-racing through Gotham in his souped-up Batmobile (“this isn’t a car”), and getting publicly called out by villains on TV and at football stadiums.
As io9 points out, that would make Superman’s appearance in Man of Steel one of the last, not first, instances of superheroics—which doesn’t seem to quite match up with the astonishment he inspired in that movie. And what of Wonder Woman? Badass Digest says that she also keeps her heroics on the down-low:
By the way, my sources tell me that Wonder Woman has also been in operation for some time before Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice begins, and her activities have been just as secretive as Batman’s. Her activities were badass as well... but in a very different, and unexpected, way.
Does this mean we’ll see more of Diana Prince, and less of Wonder Woman the superhero celebrity and ambassador?
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