Ben Affleck’s Batman Costume: Fan Reactions & Internet Memes

Published 4 months ago by , Updated August 7th, 2014 at 11:50 am,

Ben Affleck Batman Costume Ben Afflecks Batman Costume: Fan Reactions & Internet Memes

Movie fans and online commenters had a field day when director Zack Snyder revealed the very first look at Ben Affleck’s Batman costume, officially kicking off the marketing of Batman vs. Superman like only a new superhero suit can. And fans (and critics) wasted no time in making their opinions known. However, a select few took the opportunity to show their devotion in a more… creative way.

Just as they did with the announcement of Ben Affleck’s casting, and more recently with the official cast announcement of Star Wars: Episode VII, fans took to the Internet to prove that genre film enthusiasts are more committed than most (or maybe, just maybe, have some free time on their hands for their favorite character).

In this case, while opinion on how perfect or groundbreaking the Frank Miller/Jim Lee styled costume may be varied, most seem to agree that the suit is worth closer inspection. Especially since the first photo (like the teaser image of the Batmobile before it) is delivered without color. So: first things first.

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Let’s Add Some Color

It took little time for fans to start taking artistic liberties, and showing what possible color schemes Snyder might be after, drawing on a number of different comic book and TV variations. We’ve picked out a few of the best (or most memorable) for fans to inspect:

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The above image didn’t take long to begin circulating on reddit, applying a subtle color, in keeping with Zack Snyder’s muted style seen in Man of Steel. We would wager that this is likely the closest fans will get to the finished suit until it’s officially revealed in color, but it certainly isn’t the only version fans have crafted in the time since the image appeared online.

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Frank Miller

Staying true to the comic book roots of Frank Miller’s “The Dark Knight Returns” is Twitter user JJ Stubbs, sticking to the simple grey and black color scheme that, all things considered, is probably the safest bet of what to expect in the finished film. The ‘less is more’ style is as comic book-ish as colorized versions get, but others chose to go even farther outside the box.

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Jim Lee

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No comic book artist has shown a better ability to capture the iconic look and feel of Batman better than Jim Lee – which led writer/director Kevin Smith to embrace Zack Snyder when he saw this first image of Affleck in a suit that was very Jim Lee influenced.” With that in mind, i09 user ‘Mandara’ concocted the above image, adopting the grey and blue color scheme that has become Lee’s trademark. Needless to say, the finished result would do just fine onscreen.

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New 52

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Those who believe that a Batsuit isn’t a Batsuit without a yellow utility belt will be pleased with the above design, modeled by i09 user ‘Name Classified’ after DC’s ‘New 52′ color scheme. If the suit revealed by Snyder is the official finished design, then the yellow belt seems to be a thing of the past. But hopefully this selection shows that even a shift in color palette can deliver a wide range of Batmen, so there’s always hope for the future.

And just in case these were a little too… tame for a new age of Batman, the next image should prove that black and grey may not be the worst options:

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Or the following image, which came about as a result of comic writer Gail Simone noting just how much the bulky new Batsuit resembled DC Comics villain-turned-hero and Batman rival Catman:

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Once fans got over the shock of seeing a Batman costume shaped by cloth, not plate armor or rubber, viewers noticed something else about the image: Ben Affleck is one downcast Dark Knight. Obviously, the hero has a reason to be sad – beyond the death of his parents in front of his eyes – as Zack Snyder has promised an older, more seasoned and world-weary Batman in the upcoming sequel.

But regardless of the reasons, online Photoshoppers wasted no time in turning Affleck into one truly heartbreaking meme.

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  1. I personally don’t really like those bat suits, the entire suit is disproportionate, for example the bat symbol in the middle is to big and his belly seems to be sticking out, also the mask looks not fit for the costume or to be taken seriously.

    • The chest symbol is almost exactly like Frank Miller’s from The Dark Knight Returns. It might not be to your liking but it’s certainly not “to” (Dumb and Dumber much?) big since it’s in the books. Understand there are dozens of comic book versions of Batman’s costume and none of them is “wrong.” I personally hate the yellow oval symbol from the early comics, but I love the movie it was used in. Like someone said, you don’t judge a book by its cover. As for the belly, it might just be a matter of perspective. And you’d be pretty damn foolish not to take this mask seriously. I mean look at that neck, Bats has never seemed so massive!

      • “And none of them is wrong.”…really? If you’re going to start correcting other people you may want to make sure you sound credible.

        • Yes, really. It’s all a matter of taste and no taste is wrong. If you’re going to start doubting other people’s credibility you may want to make sure you make sense.

    • Thank you. The second I saw this picture my first thought was “Is Batman getting fat?”. Glad I’m not the only one that noticed.

      • And did you also notice that since he’s wearing a suit instead of an armor, he might just need this extra layer for protection? Or did it elude you? Also, like I said in the comment above that you should have read before barging in, his apparent fatness might only be a matter of perspective.

  2. No matter what color the batsuit is or what color the batmobile is it’s not going to change the fact that it’s still Ben Affleck inside both and that make for a horrible combination. But since he’s going into the movie of Superman it seems fitting for him. I’m very happy that Christian Bale didn’t sign on to do Batman in this movie. Was so disappointed in the Superman movie I wouldn’t want Bale to lower his standards that way. For me there will be no other Batman only Christian Bale. He’s the best.

    • I don’t understand why some people got disappointed by Man of Steel. It’s without question the best Superman movie to date and the only one to realistically show the sheer level of power such a being would wield.

      • I have to respectfully disagree, to me Superman 2 will always be the best.

        • It was good for the times and certainly not better than the first one (I mean, the Bee Gees as villains? Come on!). Nowadays, it just looks very cheesy.

      • The thing is, just showing “the sheer level of power such a being would wield” isn’t necessarily interesting or entertaining. It certainly wasn’t in MoS anyway. In the same way that showing how a person would react in a real-life romantic situation doesn’t necessarily make a good romcom. That’s why there are scriptwriters and directors, to direct the action and hone it, so us ordinary people find it entertaining too, at the cinema or at home.

        Ultimately, whatever a film sets out to do, people either like it or they don’t. Whatever a filmmaker set out to do, it doesn’t matter, the people that saw it either liked it or they didn’t. With Man of Steel, it doesn’t seem to me that people HATED it, it certainly could have been worse, but they were no doubt bored. There was no tension, just these invincible cartoon characters hitting each other again and again for what seemed like hours. It had all the panache of something I leave in the toilet bowl. Whereas the Christopher Reeve films, the first two anyway, had that special quality. They engaged people and they were dramatically interesting. They trump Man of Steel, quite easily, not because they had more punches or longer action sequences or more CGI (they didn’t), but because they follow the rules of drama. Create dramatic tension and play that tension in every single moment.

        Ultimately, you need people that understand this intrinsically. You need talent, in charge of the film, that instinctively know how to tap into people’s spirit and dreams. That’s not Zach Snyder, that much his clear. Whatever his talents, and I think they’re many, he’s no Director.

        • Just because you failed to be entertained doesn’t mean that it wasn’t entertaining. Or maybe you consider yourself the be-all-end-all of cinematic taste? Such a huge fight was something that I’ve been waiting for, like, forever. I for one got a total blast out of it and when the credits rolled, I thought to myself “At last! Someone finally got it right!”

          The old Donner flicks I highly enjoyed as a KID but rewatching them today is somewhat painful: they just feel downright cheesy on all levels from FX to costumes to the script (spinning the Earth counter-clockwise to turn back time? Come on!) to the actors’ playing style. Way to defuse drama! And if you didn’t feel the dramatic tension in Snyder’s epic fight and its emotionally crushing conclusion, maybe you should ask yourself whether you might have watched the movie a little too casually.

          Snyder may not always be a great director but he certainly has his moments – he managed to make a very decent film out of Watchmen without losing the spirit of the book despite all the material that was cut. The Zod fight was most definitely one of these moments and perhaps his finest ever. I’m sorry for you that you didn’t get it.

          • Dude bfg666, I’ve started to realize these people are just crazies. They dont even understand how making comments like “certainly wasn’t in MoS anyway” and “With Man of Steel, it doesn’t seem to me that people HATED it, it certainly could have been worse, but they were no doubt bored.” is their opinion and only opinion and not anything “certain” and actually is largely disagreed with if they actually looked at or cared about facts like sales and opinions here other than their own.

            “That’s why there are scriptwriters and directors, to direct the action and hone it, so us ordinary people find it entertaining too, at the cinema or at home.” They also make what should be reasonable assertions, only if you read the rest of their comment you see they are assuming their opinion is that of all the “ordinary” people and since they did not like it that that is the general consensus when it is in fact not and sometimes far far from it, as is here.

            “There was no tension, just these invincible cartoon characters hitting each other again and again for what seemed like hours. It had all the panache of something I leave in the toilet bowl.”
            = more Crazy talk, as most people found it to be too dramatic and not light hearted according to what I have read. “all the panache of something I leave in the toilet bowl” Just more hate speech from a bitter hater.

            He continues “Whereas the Christopher Reeve films, the first two anyway, had that special quality.”
            = Hyperbole. Not quantifiable in ANY way. What is this “special quality” that only this person knows and can see since so many of us here are wrong about what are good movies, since we enjoyed the movie? Other than being the first Superman movies and a few good actors what was special?

            He continues “They engaged people and they were dramatically interesting.”
            = What was dramatic or interesting and, as you suggest, more dramatic or interesting than the drama that was MOS? This is not rhetorical question. What about Superman 1 or 2 was in anyways dramatic?

            He continues, “They trump Man of Steel, quite easily, not because they had more punches or longer action sequences or more CGI (they didn’t), but because they follow the rules of drama. Create dramatic tension and play that tension in every single moment.”
            WTF!. First it begins with more inflated ego. His opinion is that they “trumped MOS quite easily”..I ask in what way and by whose standards besides yours. Certainly not in sales. Certainly not in adult drama about adult issues of isolation, loss, xenophobia, and much more. Certainly not in garnering opinions and critiques the world over, love it or hate it. I can say certainly about these things because they are provable. The commentors real motives show in them stating their nonsense this way. Its the same thing Fox “News” correspondents do…it’s manipulation in reaching a conclusion. He spoke very colorful and with much theatrical rhetoric about dramatic tension…but overlooks dramatic tension in the new movie while not giving anything as evidence there was any in the old ones. He actually didnt provide any proof that there was not any in the new movie. But he sure tried to convince otherwise. He is discounting action and cgi as if they are taking away from movies. These are simply tools, to be used for good or not. Superman movie without cgi in these days is impossible and simply trying to push a low tech feel in what is probably nostalgic delusion.

            He finishes “Ultimately, you need people that understand this intrinsically. You need talent, in charge of the film, that instinctively know how to tap into people’s spirit and dreams. That’s not Zach Snyder, that much his clear. Whatever his talents, and I think they’re many, he’s no Director.”
            = and there you have what his whole rant was about. He tried to conceal it in a backhanded compliment but it is just pure vitriol disguised as an educated opinion. He basically, because he did not like Man of Steel and is so sad that he has to haunt it’s sequels updates on screenrant, is calling Zack Snyder and the (very dramatic) direction they are heading with these characters as being talentless via Zack Snyder.

            I believe he also said something about his toilet and that is totally where his opinion belongs. It’s just crazy talk and no s*** complain all you want(dstudie I know Thomas Rakewell is another of your screen names.) I will continue to try to balance out this bs with logic so that uninformed readers dont take it as actual educated and honest fan opinions.

            • Amen, brother.

    • I agree that bale was the best for Dark Knight but he certainly wouldn’t have been better than Michael Keaton was in hi Batman movie..That movie will forever be my favorite Batman flick..nothing beats Nicholson..Basinger..and Michelle Pfeiffer as the Catwoman…Affleck was perfect for Daredevil the way Julia Dreyfuss was for Elaine so it will be a little weird getting used to him as bats but he seems to have a cool look and I think he can fit this style of Batman well..This is a different Batman world and so Bale would look weird in it..he should do movies that have the same directors/looks and actors he had if he does others

    • Christian Bale had the worst Batman voice ever, and to me, Bale was the worst most unnatural Batman to date, his Batman always sounded like he had a frog in his throat and was forced out rather than natural.

      Kevin Conroy whom does the voices for most of the animated Batman movies, animated TV series and video games is most recognizable by his fans as ‘the voice’ of Batman.

      As for Ben Affleck stepping into the Bats role, I think he’ll do we’ll if his character is more in-tune with himself and not the lost and confused still trying to deal with life version that Bale portrait. The Dark Knight movies should’ve been better than they are and may have been if they related his character more to the comic books as the crime detective he was and not the vigilante he’s portrait in the movies, I’m sure Ben will nail the role more as a crime buster Batman using his wit and detective skills like Keaton rather than relying on his tech like the others did.

      Michael Keaton was and still is the best movie Batman ever, the rest of the franchise was a disappointment.

      • Seriously did you even research why before you decided to hate on it.. Like yeah it was a little over the top but still, not at bad as you think

        • agreeing with Bootstrap that is

      • I agree. The Bale Batman were good movies but just weren’t really much Batman characteristics. I actually thing Ben Affleck will do fine as long as the movie is written well

      • Playing Batman is fairly easy, it’s playing Bruce Wayne that kills the character. Batman is mostly action but Wayne requires emotion and skill, something Affleck doesn’t have. Keaton was definitely the best Bruce Wayne. Bale was the best Batman. If you could combine the two, you’d really have something. Unfortunately, Affleck can’t even play himself. He’s too robotic.

      • Everyone who thinks Christian Bale did not nail the batman role can go eat a “D” go look back into your comics, and have a good look at the way Bale acted as not only the bat, but Bruce Wayne as well, compared to the ridiculous older movies. I think affleck will do fine, but Bale definitely did set standard.

        • Bale was not a detective, a genious, and he b***hed about being batman constantly, in all 3 movies he wanted out and called himself quitting by the end of each one. Dude you have never read a comic or something. Bale definitely not the definitive “Batman” or “Bruce Wayne”. Most people that read comics know this. Even Bale and Nolan know this and did it on purpose, to claim otherwise shows your lack of knowledge about BATMAN. The movies were good and Bale did his thing….but definitely not a great Batman representation. It’s almost an alternate universe story telling.

      • Agreed. The Nolan movies were ok for the first couple but were never really the detective/genius/win at all cost/”I am Batman” guy. Hell he complained all 3 moives about being Batman and tried to leave it at the end of each. He wasnt very smart. He got his ass kicked by everyone. They were ok action movies but were not Batman really.

    • Michael Keaton was the best batman, nuff said ;)

  3. Personally, I’d rather see Mr. Potatohead as Batman than that no talent assclown Affleck. I’ll wait to order it from Netflix instead of wasting my hard earned money to see this in a theater.

    • But you will be watching it then… okay

    • Well, Affleck it’s well known for his talent. I dont know if you had the chance to watch gone baby gone or the town,please do this and come to talk to me.

  4. like a metallic snowflake lighting color instead of dull kevlar grey and not armor texture it makes it too much. did u like the Batman Bike and his tank Baticar, well i am thinkin of inventin another thing or two more awsome. producers need to link more with us and show appreaciation to fans like this forum does.

  5. A more serious batman. The older wiser frank miller batman. The dark knight whom has to be one step ahead of the best rouges gallery in comics. (By the way it would be nice for the caped crusader to be a detective again in movies.) Ben affleck. He does look like batman with the costume on. But he will fail as bruce wayne. There is a certain something he is missing there. His voice does not have the tenor to convey as batman. You might cringe. I havent seen his recent movies. I could be wrong.

    • Oh you hit the question on perfect. It easy for people to be Batman in the costume but actually being Bruce Wayne will be more difficult.

    • I love how you can read the future and make such predictions about the movie and how Afleck is so bad. What are the lotto numbers for today?

  6. I haven’t watched Ben affleck in a movie for a while. The batman costume seems to be well sticking out, creating somewhat a second fat man costume on Ben, the symbol is way too big for as it is. I believe that a alteration should be sorted out on it but far as best suits go, it better then hard leather nipple costumes I saw on Batman and Robin but for acting as Batman I can see Ben going well with it but Bruce Wayne that part is what has me wondering how well he can play him.

  7. For all those of you who say the costume is not accurate and the bat logo is way too big – it’s not my favorite logo either but it IS accurate if you look at Frank Miller’s batman that the look is taken from – http://www.tomopop.com/ul/24235-header2.jpg

  8. The Dark Knight’s cape has to be black. Blue doesn’t make any practical sense. It looks nice. But the Batman character is like a ninja using shadows to boost the element of surprise and attack. He’s also in mourning – it’s in the remembrance of the death of his loved ones that motivated him to fight crime.

  9. The costume looks too bulky, and it appears they are trying to make a muscle structure with strategic padding and stitching. Makes him look fat. Affleck is too stocky to make this work–they need to create something sleeker.

  10. Whose the fat guy in the gray suit?

  11. What??? No nipples? How could they missed such important detail?

    • Well WoW added nipples to the toons there now maybe take up playing and old staple game to get your nipple fix =D You know I am teasin! ;)

  12. Sorry but the whole dark colors is sexy and mysterious. Get rid of the yellow belt lol. If you want to watch Batman in the 60′s then do so.

  13. Personally I would of rather seen the limited technology of christian bale’s batman fight Superman not Ben as the batman its turning in to the mid 90′s again with outlandish costumes as apposed to real life tech and practical functionality. batman and robin you know the movie I speak of with the Riddler and Twoface. this is my own opinion.

  14. If I have not read a Batman story before, I really can’t differentiate him as Batman or “Catman” from the new costume debut. I just hope it can be better through some modification.

  15. Seriously..Ben is gana fight in a cloth suit..and win fights? Even with armor christian as batman got hurt! . also ben is gana butcher this role. He can’t do the scary deep voice and he’s a semi good actor in any movie mkay…also Ben needs to workout like a mofo and train which he won’t. He’s skrawny , I hope they postpone the release date because get ready for 5 more batman remakes with Ben affleck -_- he’s not charasmatic or scary whatsoever. I hope he fights bad guys and trains and has new stamina. All the comics show a beefy guy who always can move with precision and has detective skill. There’s key things here and I hope this new fresh batman mission goes well. Otherwise america will be pissed because batman is more relatable then superman and the audience needs to feel realism and talent across the board

  16. Affleck proves he can do a Bruce Wayne in Runner, Runner.

  17. The exaggerated musculature of the suit may be accurate to the comic books, but if the producers wanted a muscular Batman they should have cast a different actor.

    • You sound like you haven’t seen a picture of Ben Affleck in a long while: the guy’s massive nowadays. And Cavill was very muscular in the first film, yet his suit ALSO had padded muscles. Last but not least, the padding in Affleck’s suit is obviously more designed to act as extra protection rather than enhanced muscles.

  18. oh great another meatball movie. His body looks gross and athletically incompetent unless the sport is lifting weights. The movie looks duchy already. The only thing missing from this picture is him holding a big fat elephant cock. The next photos we can hope to see are of catwoman half naked and slinking around doing nothing but stealing and seducing men. Gotta love DC misogynistic story lines and over masculinized duche bags

    • Gotta love how imbeciles think they figured everything about a movie two years prior to its release. If you don’t want to see it, fine, you don’t deserve it anyway.

  19. I watch a lot of movies. Tons of them, old and new. There are actors I like and actors I don’t like. Just because your standards are so low is no reason for me to lower my standards. Affleck can’t act. That is my opinion. He is so robotic in his delivery. I don’t find him entertaining at all. There are several other guys who can’t act either. Seth Rogan comes to mind. Chris Cline is another non-actor. These guys all play the same character no matter what movie you put them in. It’s very boring. I like versatility in my actors. There are actors I thoroughly enjoy no matter what movie they are in. I like Michael Caine and Sean Connery as well as Orlando Bloom and Johnny Depp. I love the old film noir genre. Humphrey Bogart, Orson Wells, George Raft, and Edward G. Robinson were awesome. They had style and charisma. The best actors know their limitations and their strengths and they play to their strengths. Affleck just tries to be too many things he isn’t. I don’t expect much from him as Batman and I’m sure he won’t deliver. If you want to call that hate, you are more stupid than I thought. I don’t make stuff up as you put it. I judge the performance based on the character and how the actor plays it. I don’t have to make Affleck look bad. He does that all by himself. I’ve seen The Town, didn’t really like the movie. Good Will Hunting was ok, except for Affleck who was stiff. I don’t know him personally, so all I can do is critique the characters he plays. Unfortunately, they aren’t strong.

  20. As I’ve told you before Point, I don’t give a rats what you think or what lies you tell. Affleck can’t act period. He’ll screw up Batman just like he did Daredevil. That is just a fact. Clearly, you are the one here spreading hate and lies. You don’t know me, but you continually spread lies about me. I’m 60, have a good job, have travelled the world, am well educated, have actually been in a movie for fun while I was in the Army, met and had beers with Ben Gazzara and David Janssen, had nice conversations with Terrence Young, James Callahan and Laurence Olivier on acting, shook hands and shared a couple of jokes with Rex Reed. See if you can guess the movie. I helped process the paperwork to get Man of Steel, Transformers and Iron Man made and was on the set of each one. See if you can guess where I work. My question is, “What have you ever done Point?”

  21. Done tons and dont need to brag or lie about it on the net. Active Marine serving my country, nuff said. Your 60 year old silliness makes you even more laughable. The guy can act. That’s why he gets acting jobs. What you provide is called hyperbole

  22. Affleck is a no talent Hack!I honestly thought that Affleck as Batman was a joke, I couldnt believe my ears. Cardboard actor to the max!Im not hating on him, I just plain hate him as an actor!! The ending of Man of Steel I couldnt stand because Superman doesnt kill. Doomsday was a different story sure, but killing one of the last remaining kryptonians is just not believable to me. As if he didnt have a choice in killing Zod…Literally could have flown straight up through the roof Zod in tow…back to the phantom zone for zod. When the movie bombs I just cant wait to be one of the people in line to say I told you so.

    “The guy can act. That’s why he gets acting jobs.” Get off his nuts bro. You’ve got Affleck all over your chin.

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