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July 24, 2014

‘Batman’: Zack Snyder tweets new portrait of Ben Affleck as Dark Knight

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"Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice" director Zack Synder tweeted out this photo of Ben Affleck as Batman today. (Warner Bros.)

“Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice” director Zack Synder tweeted out this photo of Ben Affleck as Batman today. (Warner Bros.)

Zack Snyder, the director of the upcoming “Man of Steel” sequel that will bring together Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman, released a new photo of actor Ben Affleck in Batman’s cape and cowl on Thursday, the opening day of Comic-Con International 2014.

The close-up shot arrives one day after July 23, which had been officially declared Batman Day to honor the hero’s 75th anniversary.

Set for release on May 6, 2016, “Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice” will see Henry Cavill reprise his “Man of Steel” role as Superman, with Affleck taking over as Batman and Israeli actress Gal Gadot portraying Wonder Woman. Jesse Eisenberg has been cast as Lex Luthor in the film, which will lead in to a planned “Justice League” movie that Snyder also will direct.

Warner Bros. has not yet confirmed which characters will appear in the “Justice League” film.

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Many fans have pointed out that the suit Affleck will wear in the film 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 movie.

What do you think of the new image? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below.

— Gina McIntyre | @LATHeroComplex

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