Despite a delay to summer 2016, we were promised a first look at the iconic costume Ben Affleck would be suiting up in for Batman vs. Superman soon and this week director Zack Snyder delivered, quite literally. Using his own Twitter account to break the news, Snyder first released a teaser photo of the new Batmobile, partially concealed with a tarp.
The photo was ominous in its grayscale, shadowy aesthetic, yet exciting, new and high-tech, hinting at more to come the following day. Again, Snyder delivered, this time setting the internet community ablaze not only with a clear shot of the cockpit of the new Batmobile, but putting Ben Affleck beside it, sporting the cape and cowl. For the first time, we could see Batman and his ride in what will ultimately become the DC Entertainment shared movie universe (see: Justice League confirmed).
Of course, since it's Batman, the reveal couldn't get away free without being turned into a hot internet meme - check out our Sad Batman photo gallery for more on that. For now, we're going to focus on the successor to "The Tumbler" - the tank-like Batmobile featured in Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight trilogy.
First, here are the official images of the new Batmobile:
Can you picture this thing driving through Metropolis?
Neither photo reveals a wide shot of the complete design so it's difficult to determine the full size and scale. It does however, clearly embrace more of a low-rider, long-form design reminiscent of Tim Burton's first Batmobile for Michael Keaton's Batman, but at the time has a tech-forward, wide-set hardware-heavy element to it as well, similar to the Tumbler.
Two more images have surfaced online revealing slightly more detail about this Batmobile model, the first coming from Blue Realm Studios who posted an image some claimed leaked a while ago of the model sculpture for the to of the vehicle. Take note of how far back the cockpit is. Judging from the lines, it appears the section including the window and what's in front of is could slide in and forward so Batman can get in and out.
The second, appearing randomly on Instagram, features the full-size model for filming placed on top of the custom chassis. This one provides a good look at the frame and size, especially when it comes to the wheel positioning.
Neither of these are official or complete, but they do offer more than what we had. Now we can look forward to color images of Batman and his ride. Dig the new Batmobile? How does it compare tot he Tumbler? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!
Batman vs. Superman is scheduled for May 6, 2016.
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