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Kevin Smith Says Ben Affleck’s Costume Boasts ‘Dark Knight Returns’ Colors


The first look at Ben Affleck in the new Batman costume from the Man of Steel sequel generated a lot of buzz when it was revealed earlier this month, but it also triggered plenty of questions. Near the top of the list, given the black-and-white photo: What color — or colors — is it? For the answer, we turn to Kevin Smith.

The filmmaker, who teased in November that he’d seen the design, spoke more about the costume in the most recent episode of his Hollywood Babble-On podcast, revealing it’s not the all-black scheme we’ve come to expect from big-screen depictions:

That’s not a representation of what the suit looks like. What the suit looks like… and I was always kind of keeping it quiet until they revealed it, but they’ve revealed it. And you can kind of see, and anybody that … you’ve seen some people take the picture and color it online. If you want to see what this fucking suit looks like, you just go to Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns, go to the third book, “Hunt the Dark Knight” … it’s the exact fucking outfit he’s wearing. That’s why I hugged that guy all those months ago.

Smith also said the Batmobile and costume seen in the photo released by director Zack Snyder may just be the tip of the iceberg. “What if it’s one of a few Batmobiles?” he said. “What if that’s one of a few outfits in the movie? I suspect that’s the case.”

The untitled Man of Steel sequel opens May 6, 2016.

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(via Cinema Blend)


  • Tiago
  • Ed. Floden

    “What if that’s one of a few outfits in the movie?”

    Yay! “Rainbow Batman”!!

  • Hunter Lucas

    I hated that outfit in the comic. In fact, I hated that Batman. He’s really just a thug when Miller writes him. I guess it’s too much to hope for that we’ll ever get a movie rendition of the Bat who’s main influence is his portrayal in The Animated Series.

  • Leandro Arteaga Vega

    Well if you think about it TDKR influenced the movie that influenced the animated version.

  • theAwesome

    So dark blue and grey for the main suit? I’m in.

  • GC001

    Nope… I think the Batman:TAS (1992) was influenced more by the Batman comics of the 1970s and 1980s. it’s a far lighter and much more balanced tone than what followed in the Batman comics post-TDKR. Even the first-year Batman comics (1939) weren’t quite this grim! 1997-1999 Batman:TAS episodes were darker along with new character designs but they never got as ridiculously overpumped and sarcastic as Miller’s Batman was. You know there was a time when Batman wasn’t the ‘Bat god’ or colossal dick he is today. He was actually sort of likeable, at least honorable, and had a life as Bruce Wayne. I don’t think you can really say that after the 1990s comics…
    When you’re a teenager and look at TDKR, you might think it’s cool… look at it 20 years later, and the story hasn’t aged particularly well — especially books 3 and 4. The second half of TDKR was particularly craptastic, IMHO. The Dark Knight Strikes Back only marginally makes Books 3 and 4 of TDKR look classic by comparison.
    At any rate, Batman:TAS has a much better writing average than anything I’ve seen of Miller’s, Morrison’s, or the current DC Comics writers. Yes, they got to cherrypick the best comic runs (Denny O’Neil, Neal Adams, Marv Wolfman, Steve Englehart, Marshall Rogers) for story ideas for the show — and most of the really good Batman stories were written well before the 1990s and certainly the 21st century — but even the worst of the original-to-TAS stuff was better than the jokes being written monthly today… Harley Quinn was actually likeable and cute and NOT the psycho slut that’s being published by DC today, too.

  • brandon

    I hate that they will have to turn Supes into a dick in order to get batman and Supes to fight each other