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.
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.
THE BATSUIT IS BEAUTIFUL!! ABSOLUTELY PERFECT!!!—
Brandon E. Nygma (@PoisonedBat2_0) May 13, 2014
THE BATSUIT IS HERE. ALL IS GOOD ON EARTH.—
an introvert (@anti___HERO) May 13, 2014
Also Zack Snyder wasn't kidding about the Dark Knight Returns stuff. That Batsuit is super Frank Miller-y. I'm ok with it.—
Brian Schroeder (@Cosmis) May 13, 2014
"Not a fan of the new batsuit." — Nobody.—
Michael (@_NerdyGeek_) May 13, 2014
Nolan nailed it with the functional Batsuit in The Dark Knight that actually moved and didn't directly have fake abs sculpted in.—
Brian Provinciano (@BriProv) May 13, 2014
I hope my eye is playing tricks on me cause it looks like that batsuit is covered in veins—
Nick Valdez (@Valdezology) May 13, 2014
All this talk about the Batsuit & Batmobile's redesigns are nice and all but when will we finally get to see the redesigned Bat Credit Card?—
Christopher Runyon (@CGRunyon) May 13, 2014
This Batsuit though… I'm so hype for this story now. Watchmen & 300 are some of my fave comic book films outside of of TDK trilogy.—
XV (@XtotheV) May 13, 2014
Does this batsuit make me look bat?—
PrincessDie (@PrincesssDie) May 13, 2014
I really like the new batsuit, it seems like a combination from Noël and Dark Knight Returns dear god you guys I am so lonely.—
Jake Wilson (@LaMotta248) May 13, 2014
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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