Kevin Smith Teases Batman’s Suit in ‘Batman Vs. Superman’

Director Zack Snyder shows off a picture of Ben Affleck in the suit. Smith explains; ’It’s like nothing we’ve seen before!’

Will Batman's new suit be inspired by Frank Miller?
Will Batman's new suit be inspired by Frank Miller?
This weekend, filmmaker Kevin Smith hosted a special live fan event for the release of Man of Steel on Blu-ray and DVD. Anyone who watched the hour and fifteen minute Q&A with director Zack Snyder and stars Henry Cavill and Amy Adams may have been disappointed that hardly anything was revealed about the upcoming sequel/spin-off/team-up Batman Vs. Superman. We didn't even get a confirmation on title.

Some may have also been annoyed by Kevin Smith, who was quite hyper throughout the duration of his moderation, constantly giving high praise to all of the talent involved. So the revelation on his podcast Hollywood Babble-On some hours later might read as hyperbolic to fans who still don't like the idea of Ben Affleck as Batman.

After the Q&A, director Zack Snyder showed Smith a picture of his longtime friend and collaborator Ben Affleck in the Batman suit. And if we're to believe the hype, it quite literally blew the indie filmmaker's mind.

"I saw the Batman costume. More than that I saw a picture of him (Ben Affleck) in the costume. Now, I don't want to give anything away 'cause that is up to them and stuff, but I am going to say this, I instantly bear hugged him (Zack Snyder). You have not seen this costume in a movie on film before, and for a comic book fan it was mind bending. I was like 'Get out of here, only you have enough power to pull this off.' Because everyone always like does this The Matrix/X-Men black armor...It was fantastic. I'm already a flag waver for this movie, but the costume, it blew my mind. I think everyone is just gonna be like 'Holy ****!' It's its own thing, man. It's like we haven't been down this path at all. I was so elated....Even the hardest core "**** all this" person will be like 'alright, I'm ready.'"

The director also revealed that the costume has a certain 'influence of style' but that portion of the podcast has since been omitted. Is he hinting at a Frank Miller-inspired suit for Bruce Wayne this time out? We'll have to wait until Zack Snyder decides to reveal the new look sometime in the future.

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice comes to theaters March 25th, 2016 and stars Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck, Amy Adams, Diane Lane, Laurence Fishburne, Gal Gadot, Jesse Eisenberg, Jeremy Irons. The film is directed by Zack Snyder.

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  1. gumperman

    @mieko-siede Yes, those colors would be great! I would love to see that too!

    1 year agoby @gumpermanFlag

  2. Mieko_Siede

    @bawnian-dexeus If the design and color scheme are done with a certain precision of modern meets classical Jim Lee/Frank Miller esq. feel, the Adam West costume would be the furthest from anyone's thoughts although it would be recognizable and risky. Of course, black would be most expected and obvious of choices, the right tints of color can make all the difference. Honestly, I don't care if they go with a darkened navy or even midnight blue on charcoal grey or if they go with the black on grey. I just want it to look right. As iconic as Batman has become, it is just important they nail his look as it is the elements of Superman. We're not dealing with a conventional sequel here. We're dealing with an expansion/spin-off film that leads to other territories of the DCU including a Justice League assembly. All the details and each character is just as important as the next. Believe me, i wouldn't want to see anything close to the campy West costume, but I like bold decisions if they can be proven to work aesthetically with the overall theme of the production.

    1 year agoby @mieko-siedeFlag

  3. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    @mieko-siede I'm all for classic, but I don't want to see a deviantart portrayal of Adam West's costume on the big screen either. Not that Batman's costume should be the focus of this movie, but alas, it is. Point is, once we see it, it might as well be the Batfleck costume until they recast the character. But again, it is a minor concern, though I care how dearly how my heroes are portrayed on film.

    1 year agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  4. Mieko_Siede

    @gumperman I would love to see the navy blue set against a charcoal grey body suit, with a yellow and gold utility belt. It would be classic and interesting if done right.

    1 year agoby @mieko-siedeFlag

  5. gumperman

    @mieko-siede Yeah, I think I would prefer they did the dark blue or a navy blue and drop the black. Burton unveiled the black suit and it was cool, then Nolan kept it going and it was still cool, but it would be cool to not only change the design of the suit this time, but the color(s) too! I'm very eager to see what they have decided on and can't wait to see what Affleck will look like in it.

    1 year agoby @gumpermanFlag

  6. Mieko_Siede

    @gumperman It would most definitely be different if they use the darkened blue instead of black. Certainly would be interesting to see how it would work.

    1 year agoby @mieko-siedeFlag

  7. CoreyB

    @mieko-siede the changes to the suit in TDKR are so small that you cant even tell...theyre almost not even visible. The arms and shoulders are exactly the same if you pull up pics and take a look. Wally Pfister shot alot more scenes in IMAX format so the color seemed different but I doubt they changed the color. Mayb not used to seeing him out and about in daylight. Google image it...99% the same suit

    1 year agoby @CoreyBFlag

  8. gumperman

    @mieko-siede Yeah for sure. They may also decided to use blue for his cape, cowl, gloves & boots instead of black this time as well, but maybe more of a dark blue. Hope we get to see soon.

    1 year agoby @gumpermanFlag

  9. Mieko_Siede

    @gumperman I can see that. With all the projected possibilities of the look floating around, "is it Jim Lee's?" or "is it Frank Miller's?", the general idea is that it'll be in the realm of the more traditional. Where Superman's suit does look like a mesh between the New 52 series and the Earth One books, I also imagine Batman's suit will have a similar take. Something to the effect of the image of the Batman Incorporated image floating around that keeps it modern and traditional in the likes of Miller and Lee's iterations.

    1 year agoby @mieko-siedeFlag

  10. gumperman

    @mieko-siede I think the new Batman suit will be the black cowl and look like the New 52 Batman, without the underwear, just like how the Superman suit from Man of Steel looks like the New 52 suit. That's just my guess though. Can't wait to see it either!

    1 year agoby @gumpermanFlag

  11. Josh

    @Brizzy@QuintsSharkShop I like Kevin Smith. I happen to think some of his films are really good. I just wish he wasn't all over the internet all the time.

    1 year agoby @shuabertFlag

  12. Sean

    @mieko-siede I get everything you're saying. But, As far as I can tell you at the moment, maybe they will or maybe they won't change his Superman outfit, whether it would be changed a little bit or a lot, it don't know. But, i mean really, when it all comes done to how the new Superman suit looks in the Man of Steel movie, the new suit in Man of Steel is perfectly fine and nothing really needs to be changed about it at all. Even in Batman vs Superman or in the future Justice League movie, it won't need to look any different then it does in Man of Steel.

    1 year agoby @themoviefanaticFlag

  13. Mieko_Siede

    @bawnian-dexeus Yeah, I was reminded of Alex Ross when he first stepped from the ship wearing the uniform and the cape drifted in the wind as almost a direct replica of one of his most popular paintings of Superman. My favorite art pieces for the DC characters have all come from Alex Ross's approach.

    1 year agoby @mieko-siedeFlag

  14. Mieko_Siede

    @CoreyB Actually no, it wasn't. The suit in The Dark Knight Rises had subtle to near vast differences. From tone in the color to the design in the arm area and spacing in the plating on the body. The shoulder pads and biceps area were most notable. There was even talk prior to the movie that spoke to the small changes made to the costume for reasons of flexibility. Albeit the changes were so slight they could be hardly noticeable to certain people. But it was different.

    1 year agoby @mieko-siedeFlag

  15. QuintsSharkShop

    @shuabert Funny you say that because he's making a movie right now called Tusk, sooooooo...

    1 year agoby @QuintsSharkShopFlag

  16. CoreyB

    @mieko-siede batmans suit was the same in The Dark Knight Rises as it was in The Dark Knight

    1 year agoby @CoreyBFlag

  17. CoreyB

    @h-ryuga Exactly I hope they dont cram too much in and not be able to answer these sorts of questions

    1 year agoby @CoreyBFlag

  18. Brizzy

    @shuabert That doesn't make any sence at all. If he had said something stupid, that would decrease the chances of people litsening to him, sure. But he is still a good director who knows a thing or two about how this f*cking industry works.

    1 year agoby @BrizzyFlag

  19. Hideki Ryuga

    Am actually curious about the movie itself, am not that attached on how one character dress but how he performs
    I wanna know how much each character their are saying going to be on the movie is going to participate, if it's really sups vs bat will Mr queen be on board or not, nightwing will he be with or against batman since he've been more sympathetic with sups ways than bats, is Diana already living among humans or something new/ superman existence/ mare her live the island, is she really going to date Bruce
    and flash will have the same childish tone he has on the animation movies or they'll do the same to him what's been done with sups?
    how many years have past, how,much Luthor have learned from sups, and if the enemy,is,only Luthor what connection does have with batman.
    That's what I want to know

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  20. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    @mieko-siede All I know is, that when it comes to costumes, I'm reminded of Alex Ross's art as an example of what might translate well to film and what might not.

    1 year agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  21. Mieko_Siede

    @themoviefanatic My statement isn't an offered debate. The fact of the matter is that neither one of us knows what's to come. No one but the staff working on the film has the details. My statement toward Superman's appearance was speaking to modern tradition when it comes to these films and their approach. With every new film brings a new approach to certain stylized elements while continuing a story. In some ways it also shows the growth of the character when they make adjustments to the look. I wouldn't care whether they made an adjustment to Superman's look or not. Though the overall look of him has been kept intact there have been subtle approaches to the appearance of his costume from the size of the shield, color of it, to the cape in length or whether there was a shield on the back of it or not. Although his look is drastically different from that of the traditional comics past but not that separate from the New 52 design. I come to expect certain details will be different to the eye. If not, then all the better. I'm not really concerned with the look of Superman, that's already been nailed for what they are bringing to this generation of movie watchers both familiar with Superman in all his different iterations and those not as fanatical. I'm more curious now about where they take Batman with this new look. I'm confident that whatever they have done with it, it should match the overall tone and theme of the universe created moving forward to the Justice League.

    1 year agoby @mieko-siedeFlag

  22. Josh

    @Brizzy After he can't shut up? The guy doesn't even make movies anymore, he just podcasts and tweets every second of his life. With his mouth moving at that frequency, the ratio of him talking to him saying anything interesting has drastically decreased.

    1 year agoby @shuabertFlag

  23. Sean

    @mieko-siede I think nothing on Superman's suit will change, to be quite honest with you. I think it will 'be nothing at all' that will change as you said that i quotation marked in this post.

    1 year agoby @themoviefanaticFlag

  24. Mieko_Siede

    @themoviefanatic I doubt it myself. However, that is the way of these films. The costumes always change either in the most subtle of ways or in drastic fashion. There is no telling what alterations may come with a difference between the first film and this. Batman's suit is never the same twice. There were subtle changes to Thor between the first film, The Avengers, and The Dark World. Captain America changed between his film, The Avengers, and The Winter Soldier from what we've seen thus far. Spider-Man's costume had subtle variations from film to film. We already see the adjustments between The Amazing Spider-Man and its sequel. This is a new generation Superman moving from the Reeve classics and Superman Returns. However there is no reason to think the costume should change, there is always that possibility that there will be a subtle difference to the make of it. It could inherit the New 52 collar. It could garner a change in the size of his shield. Shorter cape...darker tones...anything however slight to the eye. Or it could be nothing at all. Whether it does change or it doesn't, it wouldn't be of any consequence. I'm more interested in seeing what they do with Batman given that this is an expansion into other things. I don't expect it'll be disappointing.

    1 year agoby @mieko-siedeFlag

  25. aoshi

    Probably a black and grey suit, without the usual armor.

    1 year agoby @aoshiFlag

  26. Sean

    @mieko-siede Considering that Man of Steel just came out this past summer, and it'll have been about 2 years since Man of Steel came out when Batman vs Superman comes out, I doubt it that Superman's suit will change at all.

    1 year agoby @themoviefanaticFlag

  27. m3m3z90

    One of the people who attended the show revealed that Kevin said the new Batsuit has a Jim Lee style to it.

    1 year agoby @m3m3z90Flag

  28. Mieko_Siede

    Damn it, now I want to see the suit. The look of Batman is really all I've been waiting for. That's probably the single thing I'm most fascinated with. I'm sure the look of Superman doesn't change, and if it does it isn't by much. But Batman, thinking of Zack Snyder, I'm convinced it'll be truer to the comic book than anything else we'd seen. The traditional grey is most likely what we're in for, but is it the blue cowl or the black? I can't wait to see a leaked photo.

    1 year agoby @mieko-siedeFlag

  29. Sean


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