Ben Affleck Batman

Zack Snyder/Warner Bros.

After all the consternation and fear, here is an absolutely stunning first look at Ben Affleck as Batman in Zack Snyder’s Batman vs Superman

That’s a hell of a plug for Leica, yeah?

No joke, that’s an aggressive image that’s actually a bit breathtaking. Never let it be said that Snyder doesn’t know how to photograph something. That’s never been an issue for him, and here the iconic costume and the military-grade vehicle that it rides around in look absolutely fantastic. Strong work from costume designer Michael Wilkinson and the team that put that beast together. It also makes me excited to see the world that Patrick Tatopoulos has built for Batman to drive around in.

Although the smaller ears on the cowl can’t help but remind me just the slightest bit of Daredevil. Naturally. It’s a cool look, though, and it’s nice to see the team is pushing against the popular design of the recent past. Playing as widely as they can in a very, very small sandbox. The look seems tailored after the “Dark Knight Returns” comics from Frank Miller, and on the pragmatic side, the smaller ear nubbins will give Superman less to grab onto during a fight (which may be the biggest single concern on the planet not accounting for sarcasm).

Granted, I’m not sure anyone was ever really worried about what Affleck would look like in a suit that covers 99% of his body. Just like no one is genuinely worried that Batman vs Superman will look bad. It’ll look amazing. The question is whether or not the story will be worth the celluloid its shot on (and, yes, that’s a digital joke).

But at this early in the game, it’s nice (at the very least) to see Batman gearing up for the fight.

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