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May 13, 2014

Ben Affleck makes Batman debut: Fans react to new suit, Batmobile

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Ben Affleck as Batman poses beside the new model Batmobile that will be featured in the sequel to "Man of Steel." (Warner Bros.)

Ben Affleck as Batman poses beside the new Batmobile that will be featured in the sequel to “Man of Steel.” (Warner Bros.)

Filmmaker Zack Snyder got the Internet buzzing Tuesday with a reveal of Ben Affleck wearing the new Batsuit he’ll sport in the director’s upcoming sequel to “Man of Steel,” and fans were quick to weigh in on this first glimpse of the latest incarnation of the Dark Knight.

Many have pointed out that the suit seems influenced by Frank Miller’s take on the Dark Knight from the legendary graphic novels “The Dark Knight Returns” and “The Dark Knight Strikes Again” — which is fitting, as Snyder has said that Miller’s take on Batman will inform the film, due for release May 6, 2016.

Some, though, criticized the noticeable interlacing veins that cover the suit as an ill-conceived touch.

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Even in its earliest stages, the upcoming movie, which brings together a triumvirate of DC heroes and sets the stage for a future “Justice League” film that Snyder will direct, has been the subject of strong commentary in the fan community. Many openly criticized the director’s casting choices — including Affleck as Batman, actress Gal Godot as Wonder Woman and “Social Network” star Jesse Eisenberg as Superman’s traditionally burly, bald and middle-aged arch nemesis Lex Luthor.

Snyder, however, has remained undaunted by any backlash. In an interview with Hero Complex earlier this year, he spoke about his excitement for the new Batsuit and the project in general.

“You know, Superman and Batman in the movies have never existed in the same frame together. So it’s an interesting historical thing,” he said. “We were just testing the suits, right? The new Batsuit and the Superman suit. It wasn’t even with the actors, right? It was just to see ‘em. I was standing there, they were standing next to each other. And I was like, “Guys, someone take a picture! This has never happened before.” We slightly dork out. Like, “Are you kidding me?!”

Judging by the response on Twitter today, Snyder may be winning over some early naysayers to his cause.


What do you think of the new Batsuit and Batmobile? Does it change your opinion on Affleck’s pending Dark Knight portrayal? Let us know in the comments below.

— Justin Sullivan | @LATHeroComplex


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