A man’s home is his castle, but Wayne Manor was never really Batman’s home. In Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, the hero (Ben Affleck) has let his dynastic estate fall into disrepair, watching it crumble to ruins as surely and completely as its owner’s sense of optimism. Rest assured, however, the Batcave remains as well-equipped and well-appointed as ever. After all, you want your tech to be up to date if you’re keeping the company of gods.
“[Batman] represents human beings, mortal men,” Affleck says. “In a world of Flashes and Aquamen and Supermen, there needs to be that guy. It’s interesting that he became the leader of the Justice League in the books — I’m not sure how that’ll play out here — but his humanity is also an asset.”
The Batcave comes outfitted with another significant asset: a brand new Alfred. Bruce Wayne’s butler and aide-de-camp (Jeremy Irons) won’t just be serving tea and drily chiding his employer from the sidelines. “Alfred is a lot more hands-on in our film than he has previously been,” Irons says. “He’s a bit of a grease monkey, and he’s very involved in the decisions Bruce makes.” Of course, at the end of the day it’s just two weary men in a bunker going up against the world’s most powerful superhero. So, you know, good luck with that.
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice opens in theaters March 25.
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