Thanks to the recently released trailer, new posters and a sneak peak at the Batmobile, “Batman vs. Superman” has never felt closer. On top of it all, fans have their first functional look at the new Batsuit.
Monday night saw the “Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice” trailer debut in IMAX theaters across the country. This was supposed to be the big premiere of the trailer, but someone leaked it online earlier, forcing Warner Bros. and director Zack Snyder to put the HD-quality version online a few days early.
To ensure that viewers who went out to the theaters for the event got their money's worth, Snyder packed the trailer with an extra six seconds of footage, according to Slash Film. In addition, he took to Twitter to post the first-ever full-body shot of Ben Affleck’s Batman costume.
— ZackSnyder (@ZackSnyder) April 21, 2015
Although it’s not the heavily armored suit that appeared in the “Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice” trailer, the image shows a significantly more decorated suit than fans have seen in the past. It seems to share a similar design to the costume of Superman (Henry Cavill). It’s unclear if that’s just how Snyder imagined the updated Batsuit or if his version of Bruce Wayne is intentionally trying to emulate the science behind the Kryptonian’s armor.
What is clear is that this is one of the better Batman costumes to appear on screen over the years. The most recent attire from Christian Bale’s portrayal of the Dark Knight was a bit less flashy but significantly more functional. Since his version of the character didn’t have to go toe to toe with any otherworldly forces, he could get away with a more tactical getup.
Prior to that incarnation of the Batsuit was the one George Clooney wore in the 1997 film “Batman & Robin.” The film was panned by both fans and critics for a number of reasons, not the least of which being Joel Schumacher’s decision to add fake nipples to the armor. Speaking to Variety in October 2014, the director admitted he was shocked by the backlash.
“I think that will be on my gravestone,” he said. “It’s how I’ll be remembered.”
Prior to that, there were movies starring Val Kilmer and Michael Keaton with relatively innocuous costume designs. Then, of course, there’s the all-cloth Adam West costume from the 1960s that, despite a recent viral video, wouldn't lend itself to the modern day.
Fans were treated to their first well-lit image of the costume in the trailer, but this is the first full-body shot of the character’s threads to date. It’s a little dark, but bright enough to get fans excited to see the superhero in action.
“Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice” hits theaters March 25, 2016. What are your thoughts on the new Batsuit? Comment below or tweet your thoughts to @TylerMcCarthy.