Who is the Batman? The simple answer is Bruce Wayne. The real answer is that he’s been a lot of different things at a lot of different times. When rebooting the character there are certain questions that need answers: Origin story or no origin story? Robin or no Robin? Nipples or…?
When Ben Affleck put on the suit for Batman v Superman, he knew he was part of a solemn tradition that dates back at least to Adam West not-so-solemnly punching goons with an onomatopoeiac POW. “Batman is basically the American version of Hamlet,” Affleck says. “We accept that he’s played by actors with different interpretations.”