The Batman (Ben Affleck) made some questionable tactical decisions in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. And, as the film implied, they were not the first mistakes the Bat of Gotham made in his career. But if this teaser for Zack Snyder’s Justice League the director posted on Thursday is any indication, there may yet be absolution for the Dark Knight.
— Zack Snyder (@ZackSnyder) March 4, 2021
Beyond our usual qualitative disagreement with Snyder, the teaser presents a compelling question: can the Batman admit he was wrong? It is one comic book stories and animated series episodes have asked before — especially as the character’s infallibility became a feature thanks to Grant Morrison‘s run on JLA and Batman. And while feature films constantly show him in the wrong, he rarely ever accepts his total culpability in those situations. It’s led to a popular perception of the Caped Crusader easily applied to Affleck’s time in the role.
Admitting he spent too much time dividing the heroes, as he does in the preview’s voiceover, is a start for the character. Also, the hand Superman (Henry Cavill) offers him suggests their will be a very definite mending of the ways. That’s a different tone from the confrontation in BvS and even the Batman’s manner in the theatrical Justice League.
Of course, that still doesn’t mean he will say “I’m sorry, buddy. I was wrong.”
Will it happen? That remains to be seen. But it would be a grand move in the overall arc of Snyder’s DC Comics world as Batman’s unwillingness to bend let to many of the problems in BvS. We’ll see if it occurs when Zack Snyder’s Justice League hits HBO Max on March 18th.