As expected, Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice has made a pretty big splash in the mainstream zeitgeist, thanks to the debut of the first teaser trailer for the film, as well as an IMAX screening event at which fans witnessed the true scope of director Zack Snyder’s vision – plus a bonus scene of the epic Batman vs. Superman showdown.
With just under a year to go until Dawn of Justice hits theaters, the marketing and hype for the film – and the larger DC movie universe it will launch – has already begun, as have the impressive and funny parodies that poke fun at it all.
The New Batman Costume
Probably the biggest point of intrigue in the Batman V Superman trailer was the introduction of the new Batman, played by Ben Affleck. With a darker tone and some costumes lifted right off the pages of Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns comic miniseries, Snyder’s Batman looks like something both comic book fans and movie audiences may be able to endorse as a worthy successor to the Bale / Nolan era.
However, monochrome pictures of “sad Batman” and/or fleeting glimpses of the costume from the waist up, or fitted on mannequins, etc., have all skirted the one point of discussion that both fans and casual viewers all want to know: How does this new costume really stack up?
The matter is now open for official debate, as Zack Snyder himself tweeted out the first official image of Affleck’s Batman Costume, as a thank you to the massive fan response to the IMAX screening event – despite the early trailer leak:
If you missed our superhero movie trailer discussion on the SR Underground podcast, there was one point we had to get out of the way: This is NOT a skin-tight spandex suit.
Clearly the Batman of Batman V Superman – who is visibly older (grey flanks to his hair) and rumored to be semi-retired – has been through some things (pretty bad things, if rumors are true). In the slightly lit pic above, you can see that the suit has the same sculpted armor structure that onscreen Batman costumes have used since Keaton’s Batman in the late ’80s. So even though Ben Affleck was visibly buffer during the time of filming, the suit is still doing some of the work, in terms of creating that comic book physique. There’s a cod piece joke there that we’ll leave to your imagination :-)
Granted, the version in Snyder’s film is probably the most faithful in terms of comic book source material – and the armored body looks more lightweight and skin-textured as ever. But the chest piece and insignia still look armored enough to deflect a knife, sword (or claw?) in the in midst of some brutal battles.
The unofficial costume pics for Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman also showed Batman’s utility belt to have a metallic yellow coloring – something fans (even ones loyal to the comic books) have questioned in a movie reality. How can “The Dark Knight” sneak through shadows wearing yellow? The pics above seem to suggest it’s not too much of a compromise in terms of camoflauge – plus, there is that big rubber cape to cover it…
Of course with any big trailer reveal come the inevitable parodies: Here are two we hope you enjoy; one seeks to take the “seriousness” of the whole Batman V Superman discussion down a peg, while the other brings back classic Superman and Batman actors Christopher Reeve and Adam West for an epic retro clash of comic book titans:
Batman V Superman Honest Trailer
Batman V Superman Retro Trailer
Pretty good way to start off what is sure to be an tsunami of parodies and memes as Batman V Superman makes its way to theaters.
Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice will be in theaters on March 25th, 2016; Suicide Squad on August 5th, 2016; Wonder Woman – June 23rd, 2017; Justice League – November 17th, 2017; The Flash – March 23rd, 2018; Aquaman – July 27th, 2018; Shazam – April 5th, 2019; Justice League 2 – June 14th, 2019; Cyborg – April 3rd, 2020; Green Lantern – June 19th, 2020.
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