The moment all Batfreaks have been waiting for arrived in classic Batman style yesterday. A lonely, nearly silent Twitter page from Argentina, JPosters, gave us our first full gaze at Ben Affleck, close-up in [Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice](tag:711870). It's a Batsuit that pretty much pulls all it's iconery from Frank Miller's The Dark Knight Returns. So far we've really only been teased with glimpses of the Batman. In keeping with his legend, that's apropos.
The image slipped into the Twitter stream with a fitting amount of stealth, garnering just 54 retweets. IMAX trailer vets will recognize the image from the B&W poster that was handed out during the trailer premiere. But now we get to see it in full RGB (if an image of Batman can actually contain Reds, Greens, Magentas and Yellows). The tweet has since been deleted after Warner Brothers issued the company a copyright violation order. Oops. But it's the internet, so the image exists forever. Silly WB.
Affleck's jaw and grimace hit the mark and the suit itself is pretty badass. Looking as if it's a blend of 'space-age polymers' and a Kevlar thread, the classic grey and black that most Bat-fans know and love, is properly represented. A sculpted six-pack, with added quads and pecs show off the Milleresque bat emblem. The belt is properly toned-down. This Batman has obviously learned that garish bronze or yellow belts spoil not only the aesthetics, but don't subdue well in the dark.
As far as the cowl; it certainly fits Batfleck's face perfectly and he's giving us his best icy stare. It has an almost leathery look to it, which is a nice touch. Looking closely at the mask, and I'm not sure if this was intentional, but you can see a kind of 'echo' in the stylization. The back cut across the cheeks is the one design element incorporated here, that was sorely lacking in Nolan's attempt to bring the Caped Crusader to film.
That wide back-cut echos the wide bat emblem on the chest. In addition, as you move up on the cowl, and examine the area around the eyes and the molded furrowed brow (another really nice touch), it almost seems as if there's a bat design element there as well. Which, of course, echos to the just-the-right-length bat ears. Again, comparing the Nolan cowl take with Synder's? No comparison.
This version of the Batsuit, at least physically, hits all the style points Bat-geeks have been complaining about since Adam West jammed himself into the tights.
It looks as if you'll get your shot at seeing it close-up at the WB Studio tours this summer.