Ben Affleck’s Batman is unlike any we’ve ever seen before on the big screen. In this year’s Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, he’s older, wiser, yet jaded, and more like the character from Frank Miller’s classic graphic novel The Dark Knight Returns. Even his Batsuit, Batcave and Batmobile were very different, each harkening back to a more classic and functional look of days past.
However, in Zack Snyder’s followup film Justice League, the cast of Earth’s greatest DC superheroes will get a makeover yet again for their big team-up, including Batman having accepted his role as their de facto leader. Alongside Wonder Woman, a revived Superman, The Flash, Aquaman and Cyborg, Batman will face off against the threat of Steppenwolf and his Parademons who are on the hunt for three Mother Boxes on Earth.
Affleck is currently out promoting his newest movie The Accountant, so of course he’s also being asked questions about Justice League and his upcoming solo Batman movie. In particular, his recent interview with Mario Lopez from Extra [via Batman-News] provided some interesting details on what we can expect from both films. When asked about his two suits in Justice League, Affleck revealed that the new tactical Batsuit is put together “because of the nature of the mission” in the film. Though he wouldn’t elaborate much, Affleck teased that the tactical Bat-suit has a bunch of new tech too. Here is his full quote on the matter:
“There’s two suits in Justice League. One we’ve seen before, and then one that he creates because of the nature of the mission… Which I can’t give away. But it was a chance for them to play with the suit and add elements to it, and tech it out. I thought they did a really good job.”
The tactical Batman costume in Justice League is definitely more padded than its Batman V Superman predecessor, with the addition of armor plates in the chest and stomach areas to give Batman more protection during battle. Inside the new cowl, and invisible to viewers, it sounds as though there will be more upgraded gadgets, so Bats can better communicate with Alfred and his team.
Meanwhile, when asked if he’s directing his solo Batman film, Affleck simply said, “That’s right. That’s what they say.” It seems not confirming anything until Warner Bros. does is the current order of the day, though he did offer up that J.K. Simmons will for certain be back as Commissioner Gordon in that movie too. It’ll be a third reunion for the two actors, since Simmons is also co-starring in The Accountant and Justice League. WB’s CEO has said that Affleck’s solo Batman film could be as close as 18 months away now, so hopefully additional updates on that topic will be arriving sooner rather than later.
Suicide Squad is now playing in theaters. Wonder Woman opens in theaters on June 2, 2017, followed by Justice League on November 17, 2017; Aquaman on July 27, 2018; an untitled DC Film on October 5, 2018; Shazam on April 5, 2019; Justice League 2 on June 14, 2019; an untitled DC film on November 1, 2019; Cyborg on April 3, 2020; and Green Lantern Corps on July 24, 2020. The Flash, The Batman solo movie, Dark Universe and Man of Steel 2 are currently without release dates.