Debate of the Day: What Do You Make of New Batman?

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Yesterday, Zack Snyder revealed Ben Affleck’s new Batman costume for Superman vs. Batman, along with a look at the new Batmobile to boot.

It’s pretty obviously inspired by the wide-bat, short-eared suit of The Dark Knight Returns, which the upcoming film is said to be loosely based on. That suit had a lot more light grey and a bright yellow utility belt however, but I guess the assumption is that would have looked shitty on film. Batman must be all black! Always and forever!

I actually like it quite a bit, and how it’s more of a second skin (though Ben Affleck wishes he was that ripped) than outright Iron Man-esque armor plating. Though if it really is based on TDKR, perhaps there will be a heavily armored Superman-bashing variant as well. As for the Batmobile? Between this and the rear-end shot we saw, it’s a bit less of a tank and vaguely closer to a car (it looks designed to be a Hot Wheels racer), but as long as it shoots flame out the back and isn’t pink, it’s probably going to be just fine.

After Man of Steel being halfway decent at best, I don’t really have expectations for this film, so I’m hoping to be pleasantly surprised when the final product rolls around. What do you make of this costume?


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  1. I really like it! It seems less shinny and a little more gritty than the others suits before. I know there’s a tendency to render all the superheros more gritty, but I actually don’t mind it. I just love Snyder work, so I’m looking forward to this film. I even love Sukerpunch! I don’t even get all the fuss around that movie anyway… but that as been discuss to death.

    And come on, it’s freaking Superman vs Batman! Can. not. wait.

  2. I’m with you on the last sentence. My take on Man of Steel was that I enjoyed some of it, but I would never think to call it a “good movie”. My expectations are low for this one, but I’d like to be pleasantly surprised.

    It’s kind of nice to not be riding the very front of the hype train for once, I get to just enjoy it casually.

  3. I love the Nolan films. A lot. The suit though (while perfect for the ‘realistic’ approach) was almost too far removed from the comics for me. I like this. I like the fact that this is the very first time a live action Batman had a single unit cape and cowl like in the comics. I could do with slightly longer ears but hey, we can’t have everything. Still a touch trepedatious here. Hoping for the best though and this look puts me at least a little more at ease

  4. Superman: Batman, you can’t give up now!! There’s people to save!!
    Batman: I’m puttin’ this entiah fahkin’ city in mah reah -view!!

  5. For me, Man of Steel was the best DC superhero movie since Batman Begins. So I am genuinely looking forward to seeing more of that universe. The Batman side, not so much. I think Nolan has done his story justice over the last decade so we should be letting him rest for a bit.

  6. With the work Affleck himself is adding to the production with one of the writers of Argo along with Snyder’s visuals this movie can’t fail.
    The DKR throwback suit alongside a 90s inspired Batmobile?
    More great Batman to come.

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