So, naturally we will not be seeing Zack Snyder’s new Batsuit anytime soon, but Kevin Smith has seen it, and he likes it! Like every other new Batman that has arrived (some much better than others), Snyder’s Batman will have a brand new suit, and Ben Affleck is the brave man to be wearing it.
Smith, a self-professed superman, and director of such classics as Clerks 1 & 2, Mallrats, Dogma, Chasing Amy and Red State, was shown a picture of Affleck in the new batsuit over the weekend. Smith told KROQ personality Ralph Garmen during their weekly live podcast, “Hollywood Babble-On,” that Snyder showed him the picture backstage at a live Q&A for the release of Man of Steel on Blu-ray.
“I saw the Batman costume. More than that, I saw a picture of him in the costume,” Smith said. “Now I don’t want to give anything away, because that’s up to them and stuff, but I’m going to say this — I instantly bear hugged him. You have not seen this costume, in a movie, on film before. And for a comic book fan, it was mind bending.”
Rumours have been circulating that Snyder’s batsuit is based on Lee Bermejo’s 2011 graphic novel “Batman: Noël,” which is based on Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol.”
Smith did not mention this, but he did mention a particularly bad batsuit for comparison: “Everyone always does this “Matrix”-y/”X-Men” black thing,” Smith said. “There wasn’t a single nipple on this fuckin’ suit, man. It was fantastic.”
“I’m already, obviously, a flag waiver for the movie, but the costume blew my mind,” Smith added. “I’m so fucking happy, I think everyone is going to be like, ‘Holy shit.’ It’s its own thing. We haven’t been down this path at all.”
Echoing Smith’s enthusiasm, new Batman Ben Affleck said it was Snyder’s approach to the character, after Nolan and Bale’s legacy, that hooked him into playing the character:
“Zack had this incredible take on it,” Affleck told Jimmy Fallon in September. “Obviously you can’t do what Christian [Bale] did — those movies are awesome, amazing — so he wants to do something different, but still in keeping with that. So I thought, ‘This is a brilliant way to do this, I really know how to hook into this.’”