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Ben Affleck has answered a burning question fans have had ahead of the release of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, which is finally hitting theaters March 25 after what seems like...just so long. And what the star had to say may make a lot of people rather sad and rushing for their copy of Batman and Robin. (Ha, kidding.)
Because in the Gotham/Metropolis envisioned by director Zack Snyder and writer Chris Terrio, Batman's trusted, loyal and often unsung sidekick, Robin, has died.
Affleck revealed to Entertainment Weekly that his Caped Crusader is in mourning, "…bitterly disappointed…that he's lost this guy who fought by his side. That character's death must have been devastating to him, and he's suffered. We get the sense that he's suffered a lot of devastating losses before this movie even starts."
This sense of suffering is manifested in the 43-year old Oscar winner's take on the vigilante—Affleck's Bruce Wayne/Batman is now a salt-and-pepper-haired, world-weary, disillusioned and much more cynical billionaire/superhero than he was when he took on the gig a decade earlier.
In Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, the Bat of Gotham faces off against the Son of Krypton (Henry Cavill returning as Superman), to partake in—as the teasers promise—"the greatest gladiator match in the history of the world."
Or as Batman refers to it, possibly "the only thing [he does] that matters."
Picking up Batman's story after the loss of Robin was inspired by Frank Miller's 1986 graphic novel miniseries, The Dark Night Returns, which Snyder has said would be a key influence in his follow-up to 2013's Man of Steel.
And finally, two and a half years after he was first controversially cast as Batman, we finally get to see Affleck in action in just a couple of weeks. You can bet people are excited to see how he stacks up against the Dark Knights who've come before.