Batman vs. Superman has been delayed until 2016, which means we've got two more years of hearing rumor, hearsay, and assumption leak onto the internet before "fans" and mainstream moviegoers finally get to experience Zack Snyder's vision of the most epic superhero team up of all time.
The latest rumor concerns what may (or may not ) be the new costumes (plural) that Ben Affleck's Batman will wear in Batman vs. Superman - along with our own speculation about what Snyder and co. could be going for.
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The multiple Batman costume(s) rumor comes by way of Latino-Review, which reports the following:
The more interesting thing I’ve heard is that Batman will actually wear 2 batsuits in the film, but where as Grey-and-Blue has already been designed and Affleck has worn it, the second Batsuit is more armored like the one in the Dark Knight Returns and Kingdom Come comics.
According to the source, the plating is silver/white. The plates are attached to a black undercloth. The plates doesn’t cover his entire body. We see the black undercloth at the joints. Supposedly, it looks incredible. Equally, or maybe even better-looking than the other suit and it’s leagues above and beyond Bale’s suit from what I’m told... I’m told you’ll see it in February/Early march.
This report puts yet another brush stroke on what is quickly becoming a pretty clear picture. First came Kevin Smith's hints that Snyder had gone with a costume that's never been done on film yet, but that comic books would love (suggesting a more classical comic book look instead of black body armor, like the movies). Next, came rumor that artist Alex Ross's designs would be incorporated into the film (designs echoed by artist Jim Lee, who helped launch the contemporary New 52 Batman costume). Even Ben Affleck's wife Jennifer Garner's claims that the new suit is hard to peel off lent certain credit to us seeing a gray spandex version of the Dark Knight.
However, so far the talk has been of gray-on-black classic design; Latino-Review's report points to a blue-and-gray classic design. So that's a discrepancy to keep an eye on. As for the armor claim: it makes sense, and here's why:
From the start Snyder and David S. Goyer (whose script is being re-written by Argo's Chris Terrio, by the way) insisted they were drawing inspiration from Frank Miller's The Dark Knight Returns, which climaxed in one of the most famous Batman vs. Superman battles, ever. In that battle, Batman had to armor himself up for specialized Superman combat, and logic follows he'd have to do the same in Batman vs. Superman.
There's also the factor of Jim Lee. Right now, overwhelming evidence points to Jim Lee (either the man himself or his designs) being the basis for this new onscreen interpretation of Batman. If that's true (remember, we're only speculating here), then Lee has already sketched the classic costume (with both black and blue cowls) and a Batman alloy armor that sounds very much in line with Latino-Review's description:
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It would make sense to have Lee - one of the main architects of DC Entertainment's synergy-minded New 52 reboot - being the creative basis for the new Batman costume. Again: not saying that's what's DEFINITELY happening, just saying it would make sense and there's plenty of evidence to suggest that Lee's designs - or some variation of them - are where we could indeed be headed.
Armor, I think we can all agree, is a must. If BatAffleck is truly going to start out running around in something like the classic spandex costume, then part of the movie is likely going to involve Batman coming to terms that he's on a whole new playing field with a guy like Superman around.
An earlier rumor stated that at the start of the film we find Bruce Wayne semi-retired and enforcing order through a squadron of drones - which would establish the precedent for the Caped Crusader to have the sort of advanced tech array that could include armor and other anti-Superman weaponry. Just like in Dark Knight Returns. (See how I brought it all back around?)
Let us know what you think about these possible new Batman Costumes in the comments below.
Batman vs. Superman will be in theaters on May 6, 2016.