Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice concept art has emerged online highlighting the various alternative Batsuit designs. Ben Affleck made his debut as Bruce Wayne, aka Batman, in Zack Snyder’s Batman V Superman last year, and he’ll be reprising his role in the director’s Justice League later this year, alongside the rest of the world’s finest heroes — Superman (Henry Cavill), Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), The Flash (Ezra Miller), Aquaman (Jason Momoa), and Cyborg (Ray Fisher).
Affleck has been scheduled to appear in Matt Reeves’ The Batman movie at some point after that (with the possibility of him continuing in the role throughout the rest of the director’s planned trilogy). Of course, that film hasn’t been given a definitive release date yet, and the story that Affleck co-wrote with DC Films head honcho Geoff Johns has been tossed out, so there’s no telling what the movie will be like. In addition to the story, though, comic book fans would certainly be interested to see which Batsuit Affleck will be wearing in his first solo film.
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So far, the DCEU has given audiences five Batsuits, three of which appeared in Batman V Superman — the standard Batsuit, the Knightmare suit (seen in Bruce’s nightmare), and the Armored suit (seen in Batman’s fight with Superman) — and two of which will appear in Justice League: an alternative standard suit and the Tactical suit. The thing is, the Caped Crusader could have had some very different Batsuits during his battle with the Last Son of Krypton. Now, concept art showcasing those suits has emerged online, courtesy of Jerad S. Marantz, though people should note that the actual costume designs were created by Michael Wilkinson. Take a look:
The immediately noticeable differences between these costumes and the ones that were used in Batman V Superman are that they’re much sleeker, with the standard suit utilizing thinner material and a more narrowed chest symbol. Although the ears are as short as the final versions, interestingly, the actual part surrounding the ears have holes in them, presumably so that Batman can hear what’s going on around him.
While the standard Batsuit had some notable changes done, the final version is still relatively similar. The armored suit, on the other hand, would have been something else entirely. Snyder and the costume designers opted to use a suit more akin to the one featured in Frank Miller’s iconic graphic novel, The Dark Knight Returns, which was one of the primary sources of inspiration for Batman V Superman. If they went with the one depicted in the concept art, audiences might have seen a Batsuit closer to the one featured in the Arkham video game series, with the symbol resembling the one from Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy.
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