Batman, 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.
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.