Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice hits theaters this Friday, and we couldn’t be any more ready to see Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill face off as the superheroes on the big screen. Much of the film’s plot has been kept tightly under wraps ever since it was revealed that Affleck would take on the role of the Caped Crusader, but details have slowly emerged as to what the latest adaptation of the DC Comics franchise has in store—and InStyle got the scoop about a few key plot points straight from Scoot McNairy, who plays a vengeful man named Wallace Keefe in the movie.
“My character is one of the guys leading this charge to take down Superman,” McNairy said when he stopped by our New York City offices on Monday. “He’s in a wheelchair after he lost his legs due to an event that’s happened in the film, and he blames Superman for his injuries.” And while Keefe may appear “sort of tattered and homeless-looking,” he’s a still a villain—and he’s teaming up with Jesse Eisenberg’s character, Lex Luthor, to get revenge. “Lex Luthor uses him to his advantage in order to accomplish what he wants to accomplish,” McNairy said.
The specifics of the villains’ mission has yet to be revealed, much like the central fight between Batman and Superman. And there’s no telling which of the heroes will ultimately triumph, despite the fact that Superman’s superhuman abilities may seem to put him ahead. “It’s very realistic the way that, as a human, Batman takes him on,” McNairy said.
Of course, this Batman is unlike any we’ve seen before. “Michael Keaton, George Clooney, and Christian Bale have all done their versions of Batman, and I think they’ve all done it really well—but this one is just different,” said McNairy, noting that Affleck “puts his own ‘Ben’ spin” on the role. “He really pulls it off—he knocks it out of the park.”
And fittingly, with a new Batman comes a revamped setting. “The writers did a great job at sort of grounding this world,” McNairy said. “It’s not so much in a fantasy world—it feels like it takes place on Earth. I would say Metropolis feels like New York City and Gotham feels like Brooklyn.”
No matter where Batman and Superman may be, you can expect the action to follow. “The fans are in for a ride,” said McNairy, adding that there are plenty of non-titular characters to look out for along the way. “It’s interesting to see the way that they’ve intertwined the introduction of new characters for the Justice League, and it’s really cool how they reveal Wonder Woman and tell her story.”
See Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice when it hits theaters nationwide Friday, March 25, but first check out the trailer above.