Today Zack Snyder released the first image depicting Ben Affleck as Batman for the upcoming Man of Steel sequel, tentatively titled Batman Vs. Superman. Though the movie does come out until May 6, 2016, it’s never too early to get the fans worked into a frenzy, and this photograph has apparently done just that.
You know I love Batman. I love all iterations of the character. There’s enough love in my heart for the character to accept most interpretations. And concerning this image, honestly, I like where they’ve taken him. It’s already been established that this Batman will be an older and wiser, battle-hardened version, such as the Batman depicted in the critically acclaimed Batman: The Dark Knight Returns graphic novel, and this costume does much to evoke that series’ imagery.
For example, I love that they have finally got a cape and cowl that seem attached to one another and organic to the man beneath. Best of all, his head doesn’t look huge because of his mask. It looks very sleek and form fitting. It’s good.
I also like the over-sized bat symbol on his chest. Again, this looks like the one from the graphic novel, and that’s okay by me. The belt looks cool and useful. I love the little nuances of the costume/armor – the little lines and details. Snyder is an extremity stylized director, and the costume reflects that.
Ironically, the costume is also far more simple than I expected. It does not look clunky with plates of armor, it does not appear awkward due to gargantuan headgear. Even the ears are more subtle.
In fact, quit honestly, this looks like the most “comic book” version of the costume we’ve had perhaps since the 60’s television show. I hear rumblings that it would appear as though Jim Lee drew it, and that seems to be the case.
Are there some things I wish they’d done? Sure. I’m a little tired of the all black Batman. Some kind of grey and black contrast would have been nice, or even grey and dark blue. I also miss the yellow oval included with the bat symbol as well. Finally, the white eye slits like in the comics would be so cool, but I get that they want us to recognize the actor beneath in some capacity.
But, even having said all that, I am satisfied with this look. To me, it’s the most loyal to the source material we’ve had yet. I’m excited to see more during the next two years.