[Warning: this article contains potential SPOILERS for Batman v Superman]
In the images and trailers we’ve seen so far for Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, the focus has understandably been on the title characters. The character with the most costume changes has been Batman, who has been shown in his regular bat suit, an armored suit, a desert duster, and of course as his alter ego Bruce Wayne.
With as many costumes as Batman gets to wear, it seems a little unfair that other characters in the movie don’t get in on the wardrobe action. However, newly surfaced images of some Batman V Superman action figures provides a hint that maybe Batman isn’t the only one with some additional outfits after all.
The image appears as part of a gallery posted to the Idle Hands blog, and shows Lex Luthor in battle armor that makes Batman’s look downright understated in comparison. The blog post goes on to conjecture that that “there’s a 75% chance we get to see this battle between Robo-Lex and both Superman and Batman,” although there’s also a possibility that the toy is just a toy and the suit does not actually make an appearance in the movie.
The image gallery shows a number of other outfits that don’t seem likely make an appearance in the movie, such as a “Gauntlet Assault Batman” in a gold suit and green gloves. That lends credence to the idea that the toy line is not necessarily true to the movie. After all, the more variations on Batman the toy manufacturer releases, the more toys they are able to sell. It’s worth noting that the action figures for Superman, Wonder Woman, and Aquaman do not appear to have the breadth of variation that Batman has. However, those heroes are also not generally known for extensive use of gadgetry like he is.
Will Batman and Superman be taking on a heavily armored Lex Luthor at some point in Batman v Superman? It’s certainly not out of the question given Zack Snyder’s penchant for big, bombastic battles. However, counting on action figures to accurately reflect the movie is a dicey proposition. After all, the push to make as much money off of big budget movies as possible means that there is some pretty weird movie merchandise out there.
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.