After director Zack Snyder bated us with a smoky snapshot of the new bat-mobile yesterday, he has followed it up with the ultimate gift – the very first publicity shot of Ben Affleck as the caped crusader himself, sporting the all-important batsuit for the upcoming superhero brawl Batman vs. Superman.
As many have observed since the image went viral, the suit has taken some definite influence from 2012’s animated adaptation The Dark Knight Returns, based on the comic book of the same name by Frank Miller. Affleck’s build is larger than any previous on-screen Batman, trading the traditional tall, muscular form for a broader-shouldered ‘tank-like’ Dark Knight. The suit looks to be evidently worn, suggesting that the Batman of the new film will be an experienced player in the crime-fighting game, as was revealed last year in a vague press release, and – perhaps – will be lured out of retirement by the emergence of Superman whom could be seen to be potential threat to the world (especially after the destructive events of 2013’sMan of Steel). Unlike the previous costumes, the leather of this one is unique in that it appears burned down and stitched together – as if crafted by hand, and not a combination of accessories (as was the one in the Nolan trilogy). In fact, out of all of the previous suits this one most resembles the one worn by Christian Bale in Batman Begins, albeit only a little.
Batman’s horns/ears have also been chiselled down for the first time, which makes the head appear less narrow and broadened out – adding emphasis to the intimidating size of the vigilante, who is able to shrink is enemies by simply begin within close proximity. Affleck’s well-built body could even challenge that of Tom Hardy who famously portrayed the terrorist Bane in the last Batman movie, The Dark Knight Rises.
The appearance of the suit has been met with mostly praise by fans, most of who had reacted negatively to Affleck’s initial casting in the role. Whatever your thoughts on Man of Steel, this image alone is certain to make more people tempted to give the DC cinematic universe its chance to gleam.