Dawn Of Justice: 10 Ways Zack Snyder Changed Batman

For the past two decades, virtually the only Batman to have been portrayed on the big screen has been a variant of Frank Miller’s portrayal. As such, viewers have been seeing a lot of the same recently. When Zack Snyder did Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, he hoped to at least partially revitalize the public perception of Batman.

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With Ben Affleck in the role, things were going to change. In fact, Bruce Wayne not only changed from the comics, he was a fairly new version of the character. While most viewers consider the DCEU their own darker alternate universe separate from the comics, Snyder used some original interpretations with some fresh creations combined to create an entirely new Batman like no other.

10 Bruce Wayne is a Batman at the end of his career

Bruce Wayne from Batman V Superman BVS Dawn of Justice

In most iterations of Justice League, most of the characters are of a similar age. Batman and Superman are usually similar in age, or at least at similar points in their careers.

Nevertheless, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice introduced Batman who was at the end of his career, while Superman was still at the beginning of his. They comment that Bruce has been doing his Batman activities for twenty years right now, while Clark Kent is new to the scene.

9 Alfred (rightly) criticizes him frequently


Most of the time, Alfred Pennyworth takes a back seat to Bruce Wayne and his antics as Batman. He helps keep Batman balanced, taking care of Bruce and his home while he is Bruce Wayne, as well as helping Bruce keep Batman. He is a vital character and an important presence in Bruce’s life.

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However, despite the fact that he is essentially Bruce’s adoptive father, he is often introduced simply as his butler. The Brushes and Alfreds that Snyder introduced are more open with each other, and Alfred criticizes Bruce when he feels he needs to hear it, and rightly so.

8 Batman experienced a traumatic attack (and he blames Superman)

Bruce Wayne from the beginning of BVS Dawn Of Justice

After decades of fighting evil alone as Batman, the sudden appearance of another seeming superhero was shocking to Bruce Wayne. Even more shocking was the way Superman entered her life. The battle between Superman and Zod in Iron Man It had dire consequences, including destroying a Wayne Financial building and, in the process, earning the wrath of Batman himself.

This early introduction to Superman causes Bruce to see him in a negative and dangerous light, and he decides that he is going to stop Superman rather than work with him as they usually do in most iterations of the duo.

7 Doesn’t know Superman (or Clark Kent)

Batman Superman Dawn of Justice

This alternate universe created for the movies presents a unique take on the characters that is not seen often. For once, instead of Superman and Batman being best friends and teammates, the two were at odds.

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Not only were they fighting each other, they didn’t even know each other. If Bruce Wayne knew Clark Kent even a little, then his actions in Dawn of Justice it would be simply inconceivable. The use of versions of the characters that are not known in the least makes Batman very different than he usually is.

6 Batman already lost a Robin, and it was Dick Grayson

Bruce Wayne Batman looks at Jason Todd Dead Robin's costume with comments from the Joker in Batman V Superman Dawn Of Justice

After seeing a younger Bruce Wayne living his life through director Christopher Nolan’s portrayal, fans wondered if they would eventually see a Batman that has a Robin in the Snyderverse. Since Batman is rarely without one of his Robins in the comics, it seemed like it was only a matter of time.

However, Zack Snyder changed things a bit. Batman had a Robin, but he already lost it. In fact, he lost Robin to the Joker; In the comics, this happened to Jason Todd, the second Robin. But Snyder has made it clear that he was referring to first Robin, Dick Grayson, was the one who died.

5 He’s more of a myth than anything else

First look at Ben Affleck from Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

It seems that, in Dawn of justice, Batman is more of a myth than anything else to the people of Gotham. It’s not exactly real, and people haven’t been able to capture it in any concrete way before. Even Gotham cops mention that they’ve never seen him in person before, and Clark Kent keeps trying to pitch the Gotham bat theme to an unwilling Perry White.

If Batman isn’t even enough to get news, he’s clearly not that big of a figure in Dawn of Justice as is often the case in other interpretations of the character.

4 Batman fights out of Gotham

Dawn of Justice Lex-Luthor

Normally, Batman tries to stay close to his territory. Part of why Bruce became Batman in the first place was to start cleaning up, helping, and protecting his hometown of Gotham, which he loves so much. As a result, he rarely leaves Gotham City and tries to do his best to stay focused on helping his home.

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Nevertheless, Dawn of Justice introduced Batman and immediately made him jump over the harbor towards Metropolis. With Batman and Superman fighting, and Lex Luthor as his main adversary, in the end, it makes sense for Metropolis to be a main setting, but Batman’s time in Gotham here is unequivocally minimal.

3 He’s (almost) completely alone

Bruce Wayne at Wayne's grave

As Bruce Wayne progresses in his years, he gets to meet more and more people in his life, both like Bruce and Batman. Under the hood, Batman works with other heroes, not just Superman, but also heroes like Wonder Woman and Huntress, as well as his own versions of Robin that he collects over the years.

However, Snyder showed viewers an older Batman who has no one fighting by his side. There is no Catwoman, not a single Robin, and the Justice League is just beginning to come together. A Bruce who is just this is rarely “found” unless he is at the beginning of his career, or at the end of his life.

two Batman reached the end of his career without a team

With Bruce’s concern for the world growing ever growing after the discovery of metahumans like Superman and Wonder Woman, it seems surprising that he never found out about these super people before. Learn about various metahumans in just a couple of years, after decades of operating alone without seemingly interacting with someone who wasn’t simply human.

Bruce Wayne is usually a member of many metahumans and superhero teams and yet Snyder’s Bruce does not have any teams, fighting entirely alone (with the occasional help from Alfred).

1 A good man turned cruel

As Alfred pointed out to Bruce after learning how violent he had become as Batman, the utter fear, anger and helplessness that Bruce feels seeing that Superman is capable of making good men cruel. After seeing the destruction that the Kryptonians caused, Bruce became increasingly violent.

Snyder’s Batman has gone astray so much that he has begun to brand criminals with a bat to make them targets for murder in prison. Snyder also makes it clear that this Bruce has strayed from his path and lost his moral compass, and is trying to correct his course. Bruce is struggling, but he’s also growing; has demons, but is fighting them, a staple of the character in any iteration.

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