[UPDATE: Zack Snyder has revealed a new pic of Affleck in his Bat cowl cape.]
It’s that time of year again when San Diego Comic-Con takes over every corner of the Internet. In the next few days, there’s going to be a huge number of announcements regarding TV shows and major movie blockbusters. And one of the biggest projects – Zack Snyder’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice – is expected to make some sort of appearance in Hall H on Saturday night.
While we’ve already seen Ben Affleck in his Batman costume – which looks quite a bit like the Frank Miller designed Dark Knight Returns Bat-suit – we’ve yet to see it up close. Now, that’s about to change.
As many Batman fans already know, 2014 is the 75th Anniversary of the Caped Crusader’s creation in Detective Comics #27. One way in which Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment are celebrating the event is by putting Batman costumes, capes, and cowls on display at the Con, including the cowl and cape from the upcoming Batman v Superman. Dan Didio, co-publisher at DC Comics, recently tweeted a photo and a confirmation that these are indeed from the Batfleck suit.
Check out the photo below:
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(Don’t worry – the new suit will probably have pants in the movie.)
UPDATE: Here’s an image posted on Twitter by Zack Snyder, showing Affleck’s Batman profile:
A few things stand out here. First, the cowl has much more of a comic book feel to it than previous cinematic costumes, particularly the sculpt of the eyebrows and the cheekbones. In fact, the Batfleck costume generally looks quite a bit more like it comes from a comic book than, say, the hyper-realistic costume from Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight. This isn’t too surprising, considering the design of Zack Snyder’s Watchmen costumes, which were also very comic book-esque.
Second, the neck of the cowl; also unlike the Dark Knight costume, it doesn’t seem to allow for a lot of movement for the head. Every movie version of the Batman costume – except for the ones from Batman ’66, The Dark Knight, and The Dark Knight Rises – has utilized a cowl that more or less made the head immobile. Every time Michael Keaton wanted to turn and look at someone in Batman ’89 or Batman Returns, he had to turn his entire body all at once. It looked kind of awkward.
Now, this could just be a misunderstanding of how this new cowl works, and maybe the head will have more mobility than it seems. Or maybe a lack of head movement in Batman v Superman will just look less awkward than it has previously. We’ll have to wait to see Ben Affleck’s suit in action to know for sure.
Finally, the above photo seems to confirm that the new Bat-suit isn’t blue and gray, as some fans had hoped. Of course, that doesn’t mean the full suit won’t be dark gray and light gray, which would still be quite faithful to the comics. Again, we’ll have to wait to see the rest of the suit – in color – to know more.
What say you, Screen Ranters? Do you like the look of the new Batman cowl and cape? Are you disappointed that there’s no blue? Drop us a line in the comments.
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice hits theaters May 6th, 2016.
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Source: Dan Didio
Update Source: Zack Snyder