If anyone is allowed to weigh in on whether Ben Affleck’s Batman will be able to hold up against the Dark Knight portrayed by Christian Bale, it would be God himself. And since the man upstairs is not talking, why not hear the opinion of the man who has played God a number of times on the big screen, a man whose voice carries a weight and importance many envy. Of course, I am talking about Morgan Freeman, who also co-starred in ‘The Dark Knight’ trilogy as Lucius Fox, the Wayne Enterprises executive who provided Batman with much of his arsenal in the Nolan trilogy. And while Freeman has made it clear that he is very supportive of Affleck taking on the role, he just does not see how ‘Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice’ could possibly measure up to the Nolan ‘Batman Films.’ In a recent interview with ET Online, Freeman had the following to say:
“You know, I’m happy for Ben, but I don’t know how that’s gonna work. Because the Dark Knight was almost ‘it.’ Pretty much ‘it. Did you see Batman Begins ? I don’t think you can beat that.”
Check out the full video below with Freeman’s comments. Now, while I agree with most of Freeman’s comments, and I applaud him for pointing out that ‘Batman Begins’ was basically the best portrayal of Batman’s origins we have on film, I do not think that ‘The Dark Knight Trilogy’ was perfect, nor should it be Batman’s final adventure on screen. Whatever else you may say about ‘Batman V Superman,’ it certainly promises a Batman like we have never seen before, all grown up as it were, having fought crime and assembled his rogues gallery over a twenty year span. While the movie might not end up being the amazing film Warner Bros wants it to be, I will enjoy seeing a different, older Batman, and I look forward to see what tricks Zach Snyder and company have in store for audiences.
What are your thoughts on Freeman’s comments? Is it unfair to judge every future ‘Batman’ film against the Nolan series? Share your thoughts on the matter in the comments below!