The Dark Knight has returned again — and this time with a sweet new ride.
On Tuesday morning, director Zack Snyder released the first official photo of Ben Affleck in costume as Batman, standing alongside his new Batmobile, from the upcoming "Man of Steel" sequel. The black-and-white shot shows the new Batsuit, which appears more sculpted and comic-book-like than the armor-plated version worn by Christian Bale.
The suit hearkens back to Michael Keaton's, with its chisled muscles and cowl attached to the cape. It also has smaller ears and a much larger bat-symbol across the chest than previous iterations. Affleck does, though, stand in the same clenched fist and lowered head pose favored by Bale.
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Affleck's Batmobile has combined elements of both the Tim Burton and Christopher Nolan film series. The vehicle has the giant off-road tires and heavy armor of the Tumbler from Nolan's trilogy, but with smoother lines and big fins recalling the Burton movies. The driver appears to sit in a closed canopy with sliding panels, like the previous movie version have featured. Ultimately, the new Caped Crusader car seem to straddle the line between the utilitarian functionality of the Nolan vehicle with the more stylized elements from Burton.
Snyder took the photograph himself with a Leica M Monochrom, a digital black-and-white camera known for its high resolution and ultra-sharp images. Synder previously released the first photo of Henry Cavill in his Superman outfit right before filming began on "Man of Steel." Sources have told Yahoo Movies that production is close to commencing in Detroit and cameras will soon roll on the sequel that brings the two DC Comics heroes together. In the coming days we should be getting our first looks at Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman and Ray Fisher as Cyborg, the two other comics characters who will be debuting in the film.
"Batman vs. Superman" (or whatever it's eventually titled) will land in theaters on May 6, 2016.