Batfleck Revealed!

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Director Zack Snyder tweeted an image of Ben Affleck as Batman and the new Batmobile as they’ll appear in his yet-unnamed follow-up to Man of Steel. I don’t care for the chest emblem, but the rest seems alright. Not groundbreaking, but then, we’ve yet to see the color scheme, so who knows? Could be all Zur-En-Arrh for all we know. -Dean

Update: I made this comparison, drawing each from reference, to show that the symbols are similar but not identical. Clearly a major point of inspiration, just not a direct lift. You’re welcome.

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20 comments on “Batfleck Revealed!
  1. People keep saying that, but other than the short ears and gauntlet blades it’s pretty far from it. I’d rather they used the DKR symbol than this bizarre shape, which is likely so large and un-bat-like in order to fit the Man of Steel Superman symbol inside it. The only thing that really bugs me is the symbol. It’s just poorly designed as a logo.

  2. Dean, I actually do see a Dark Knight Returns vibe, as I think the symbol is close enough to that version. The short ears do look Bermejo’ish, but also Miller/Mazz like. It looks to me like they tried to make a DKR suit out of the New 52 one with all those similar lines. The only drawbacks I see, are the gauntlet kind of looks like it was cut off of a regular suit at the elbow, and that the suit gives off a reallllllly impressive cosplayer look.

  3. I’m a little surprised, but I suppose it makes sense with Snyder’s previous work.

    Quite a bit of Dark Knight Returns influence for sure– The silhouette with the short ears, squared bat-glove-blades, and the brutish musclehulk figure (especially compared to the uncomfortable-looking bulletproof bat-armor of Nolan’s Batman.)

    I’ve always liked Miller’s big, simplified design. I do wonder whether Affleck can pull off that physicality. I also worry whether the attempts to translate the very simple shapes of Miller’s style into a movie-friendly design aren’t complicating things too much. The textured suit is a bit strange, reminiscent of rhinoceros hide or something. The bat-symbol is very wide, which is another similarity to Miller’s design, but a little too fiddly, if you ask me.

    This Batman seems destined to follow in the Miller Batman’s violent and burly mold. My real wish is that someone will someday make a Batman movie about the character as I most love him– one whose skills as a detective, scientist, and criminologist are equal to his world-class martial arts training. Timm and Radomski’s Batman are the closest we’ve ever got.

  4. Serious question: Dumb logo aside, is this the most true to the source material batsuit to date, or am I just hallucinating?

  5. I absolutely love this suit. I know we don’t get a full color pallette here, but I’m assuming it’s simply black and grey, which is PERFECT! The suit itself seems to be a combination of Earth 1 and DKR. It doesn’t hurt that Ben looks totally juiced in it. He looks the part of an “ordinary” man who beats evildoers to a pulp on a nightly basics. I plan on going into more depth on YouTube, but the only thing I’m not in love with is the Bat Symbol. I wasn’t upset about the shape until I paid more attention to the “tail” area, but now I can’t stop starring at it. Also, who on earth isn’t the symbol black? All in all, I’m still on the verge of calling this one the greatest batsuit ever on film. What do you think?

  6. I love that they are interpreting the comic book costume closer than anyone has in live action since Batman ’66. I like that texture weird texture, it’s one part bat wing veins, one part Miller/Lee hatching lines, but don’t feel like anything else new is really being offered. When I saw the TDK costume I saw bleeding edge mil-spec tech with a Mercedes-Benz aesthetic, and that said 21st century “Batman” way more than veins do.
    All in all it’s a little underwhelming.

  7. Like Dean, I don’t think ‘Miller Batman’ when I see this. The short ears were done WAYYY before Miller. And while Ben has been bulking up, I’d wait til a more clear and full figure pic to say he’s think and bulky like Miller’s Batman.

  8. I don’t really have too much to add beyond what’s already been said, except I’m worried that the return of the solid cape/cowl combo will also mean the return of a Batman that can’t turn his head. Don’t get me wrong- I actually love the look of it here, but TDK definitely made a leap forward practicality-wise with the segmented neck. Also the muscle definition on the gloves kind of bugs me, but that’s a little nit-picky. Can’t wait to see what’s going on from the waist down (get your mind out of the gutter)!

  9. Looks like quilted leather to me. This makes some sense, as it makes for a really flexible light armor. Alternately, they just pricked the material so sweat can get out.

  10. I lightened up the photo a bit so we could really see the details – not sure if the PNG will post though. Batfleck – detail.png

    I see Miller/Bermejo influences here.. I know this isn’t a color picture – but my question about the logo is.. if it’s already the same color as the rest of the suit – what is the point of it? Is Bruce “branding” himself as a hero? I always thought Miller’s explanation of the symbol being in the center of the chest as a target made decent sense – or, playing on the “superstitious and cowardly lot” angle – having a a bat symbol come swooping out of the dark could be intimidating. If the symbol just blends in with the rest of the suit then it almost becomes unnecessary to the Batman – it’s more like decoration – cuz it looks cool.. Not sure how much I like that.

  11. The first thing that came to my mind when I saw the suit was the 1940s serials Batman, and I’m not too sure that’s a good thing.lol

  12. A lil Jim Lee Hush batman, a Little New 52, a dash of Arkham, and a splash of TDKR an viola!!! I really want to see this in color but I like it.

  13. All I want is a movie Batman with a gray bodysuit. I can’t be certain yet, but I think that’s what they’ve done here. If so, I can’t wait to see it on the big screen. The symbol doesn’t really bother me. It’s not great, but I think more than anything they’re trying to distance it from Bale’s symbol. If anything I have a problem with the texture, just as I did with Superman’s suit in MoS. It doesn’t kill the suit for me though. At least the texture doesn’t extend to his gloves.

  14. I can’t put into words how disappointed I am by the choices being made with the DC cinematic universe: i.e.: Taking archetypical, essentially pulpy and colourful characters and turning them into, in my view, incredibly boring dark and gritty destruction-machines (Superman was ruined and by going with the Miller direction, I’m guessing Batfleck will be the same if not worse).

    Personally, I’d like to see these characters brought to life in the time where (in my view) they work best: the 30s and 40s. One of the reasons I enjoyed Captain America: The First Avenger so much was because of the period setting. I know with Cap it’s a story requirement and that technically you could have Bats and Supes in modern settings, but if updating them means turning them into something so bloated and dreary and grim, then I’d argue it might be an idea to do them as period films. Batman (1989) remains the best batman film to date, I feel, because of the strong 1930s/40s vibe it has.

  15. MoS gave Superman a heavily-textured outfit that looked kind of like videogame chainmail. BvS looks to be giving Batman a nigh-unarmoured bodysuit look. This is exactly the wrong way round, and emblematic as anything (everything) else in Snyder’s ouvre of his profound misunderstanding of the comics he’s adapted (300 aside).

  16. The last two Batman movies featured a suit that was over-complicated and cluttered because of it’s armored look. It’s nice to see they’re going with something closer to the source. And although I agree with Thomas Fummo concerning the look and tone of Superman, it seems fitting for Batman.

  17. This upcoming Batman movie features a suit that is under-complicated and empty because of its unarmored look. It’s sad to see they’re going with something closer to the more fanciful excesses of the comics.

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