– by Joseph Jammer Medina

It’s been a while since we first saw Batfleck in full getup and attire. It feels so long ago at this point that it’s hard to remember a time when we were all sitting around wondering what they’d do with the character next. Back in late-2013, writer/director/podcaster Kevin Smith revealed his first impressions on his sneak peek of the Batsuit while on his podcast Hollywood Babble-On, and I remember how much I wanted to know what Smith had seen to make him react that way.

“I saw the Batman costume. More than that, I saw a picture of [Ben Affleck] in the costume…I don’t want to give anything away ’cause that is up to them and stuff, but I am going to say this…I instantly bear hugged [Snyder]. You have not seen this costume on film before. For a comic book fan, it was mind-bending… Because every other movie does this Matrix-y black armor thing…There wasn’t a single nipple on this suit. I think everyone is just gonna be like ‘Holy S**t!’ It’s its own thing. We haven’t been down this path before. Even the hardest core [most skeptical] person will be like ‘Alright, I’m ready.’…It seemed like it was very [BLEEP] influenced.”

Smith wasn’t kidding, and of course, when that first official photo was released, the internet went insane with memes. But regardless of how fans felt about the Bat’s emo tone, one wouldn’t deny that it was a bit of a surprise. Batman was bigger than he’s ever been. and his suit was like nothing we’d ever seen before on the big screen.

Now we take photos of Affleck in his suit for granted, and as a result, it looks like one of the costume concept artists, Jerad Marantz, has been given the go-ahead to post a couple of concept designs for the character. The following is from the artist’s blog. 

“Finally get to show these! Here are some of the images that I painted for Batman versus Superman. I was fortunate enough to spend a bit of time on all of the characters, but was lucky enough to be able to focus on Illustrating the new Batman costume with the incredible costume designer Michael Wilkinson. This was a childhood dream come true.”

Check out Marantz’s designs below!

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Needless to say, these images were very influential in the direction they took Batman. Let’s go ahead and compare how it looks compared to an official photo of Affleck.

The hilarious and ironic thing here is that we’ve reached the point in superhero movies wherein the real-life interpretation of the character is more buff than the hand-drawn interpretation of the character. Other than that, it looks like they fully committed to the vision that Marantz helped to create.

What do you think of the design? Are you excited to see it in action next year in “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice?” Let us know in the comments down below:

SOURCES: Jerad Marantz, Hollywood Babble-On (via Screen Rant)

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.