In the DCEU, Batman (as played by Ben Affleck) has a widow's peak, which for those who don't know, is a type of hair:

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Affleck does not have a widow's peak in real life. Why does Bruce Wayne have one in the film? Was this a decision on Zack Snyder's part, as he's been known to include symbolism in everything? Or was this an entirely different person's doing?

  • It seems that they needed a wig for the grey hair. The production certainly tried many options and the one with widow's peak looked better.
    – Taladris
    Jun 17, 2018 at 8:18
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    Why the downvotes!? It's a well posed question and evidently has a definite answer!
    – Hans Olo
    Jun 17, 2018 at 14:19
  • @Loki - As originally posted, it seemed a bit ranty. TBH the fact that it actually has a canon answer other than "to hide Affleck's hair plugs" is gonna help it gain some upvotes.
    – Valorum
    Jun 17, 2018 at 18:30

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It was at the insistence of the actor. He wanted to look more like the iconic images of Bruce Wayne that he'd seen in earlier comic serials. The wig also served to age him up.

Ben Affleck had been immersing himself in the comic books and had seen an image of Bruce Wayne. "I need my hair to look like this," he informed his filmmakers, brandishing the comic book in question.

"I remember not being too sure," admits Deborah Snyder. Later, she and Snyder were in Michigan busily readying the shoot, with Affleck still in Los Angeles taking meetings with head-of- hair Chase Heard. A photo arrived of that hair. "It was perfect - he looked like Bruce Wayne." The producer was delighted to be proved wrong. "It was that moment: Oh, we gotta do this."

Truthfully, it's nothing drastic. Affleck wears a wig in the movie that makes concrete Wayne's age and experience. It instantly made him their Bruce/their Batman: older than ever before. Older, in fact, than Affleck (42). "We are playing him 45 or 46," explains Snyder. "He has been Batman for 20 years. All the history is there. Was there a Robin at one time? Possibly."

Empire UK: September 2015 - They are Legend

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