Ironically enough, Superman seems to have taken a major backseat to his Caped Crusading comrade; Ben Affleck's Batman backstory, costumes, and even his rivals (Jared Leto's Joker) have all been the biggest points of focus in the Dawn of Justice marketing. That keen interest has certainly extended to the type of gadgetry Batman will use - specifically his two confirmed vehicles, the Batmobile and Batwing. Today we get a better look at the latter.
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The biggest talking point about this Batwing (and the general aesthetic and tone of Batman in this film) is how it compares to the world established in Frank Miller's Dark Knight Returns storyline. In that tale, Batman is older, more violent and punishing on criminals - who themselves have gotten more violent and dangerous as the years have passed in Gotham City.
The first Batman V Superman teaser trailer showed the Batwing and Batmobile seemingly working in tandem, as Batman attacked a group of heavily armed militants on what looks to be a dock warehouse setting. The level of destruction caused by the Batwing's ordnance have fans wondering if Ben Affleck's Batman is going to worry about things like taking prisoners or taking lives - still a hot topic of debate, following Superman's General Zod neck-snap in Man of Steel.
As the previous and current artwork all shows, the shape of the Batwing is unique; specifically the front section, which conforms to a shape almost like a set of claws clutching what looks to be a missile or general ordnance delivery system. Whatever the official functions of the vehicle, there is legitimate cause for question when it comes to how this new version of Batman dispenses justice - and what possible game-changing events led him to those methods.
Dark Knight Returns Batman (aka "Bruiser Batman") was a darker shade of the character when it first arrived on the scene, so it wouldn't be jumping the shark if Ben Affleck's Batman follows suit - which is saying something, given that both the Keaton and Bale versions of Batman already came with some edge. But regardless, if the Batwing is literally blowing criminals out of their socks, rest assured that a fair amount of the fan base is going to have a very vocal problem with it.
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.