Jim Lee or Frank Miller: Which Suit Will Batman Wear in ‘Batman Vs. Superman’?

Kevin Smith has seen Ben Affleck's new Batman costume. It will most likely be the iconic blue, grey and yellow motif we haven't seen on screen in decades.
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Jim Lee or Frank Miller: Which Suit Will Batman Wear in ‘Batman Vs. Superman’?

Batman's new suit: Is it more influenced by Jim Lee or Frank Miller? Over the weekend, Kevin Smith hosted a Q&A for the release of Man of Steel on Blu-ray and DVD. After it was over, director Zack Snyder showed the filmmaker and podcast host a photo of Ben Affleck in his new Batsuit for Batman Vs. Superman. Being the very talkative person that he is, Smith immediately went on his Hollywood Babble-On show and revealed this.

"I saw the Batman costume. More than that I saw a picture of him (Ben Affleck) in the costume. Now, 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 him (Zack Snyder). You have not seen this costume in a movie on film before, and for a comic book fan it was mind bending. I was like 'Get out of here, only you have enough power to pull this off.' Because everyone always like does this The Matrix/X-Men black armor...It was fantastic. I'm already a flag waver for this movie, but the costume, it blew my mind. I think everyone is just gonna be like 'Holy ****!' It's its own thing, man. It's like we haven't been down this path at all. I was so elated....Even the hardest core "**** all this" person will be like 'alright, I'm ready.'"

He then dropped a huge spoiler that he later bleeped.

"It seemed like it was very [BEEEEEP] influenced."

It has now come to light by one of the audience members in attendance that the influence, thought to be Frank Miller, is actually Jim Lee and his iconic grey, blue and yellow Batsuit.

This of course has not been confirmed. Many think that the screenplay by Zack Snyder and David S. Goyer is being based on Frank Miller's Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, which was adapted into a two-part animated feature earlier this year. It, too, features Batman in a blue and grey suit, albeit with some impressive exoskeleton armor enhanced by Kryptonite.

When Man of Steel was in production, Zack Snyder released an official photo of Henry Cavill in his Superman suit to appease eager fans and to insure set photos didn't give off the wrong idea. The same will inevitably happen with Batman. While we wait for that moment, which might not happen until early 2014, we take a look at five of the possible Batsuits that might make an appearance in the film.

1 Batman by Jim Lee

Jim Lee Batman

The case is pretty strong that Batman's suit in Batman Vs. Superman will be based on this classic grey, blue/black and yellow costume that hasn't seen a screen since Adam West donned it for the ill fated Legends of the Superheroes TV mini-series in 1979. Jim Lee was able to take the signature Batman costume and really make it sing on the page, and it's a suit we haven't ever seen in a modern big screen movie (1966's Batman, based on the TV series, doesn't count). Probably because it has been considered a little too 'comic booky' for the modern era of the genre. It does not contain any black armor, unless you count the boots and gloves. This look will bring something new to the film as promised, while remaining iconic and true to the original Detective Comics.

Its obvious that Zack Snyder is going for a grey and black outfit with possible yellow overtones. But looking at all of the above costume choices, it seems that he will be pulling influences out of a number of different designs for something that is both new and iconic at the same time. And like Jor-El's suit, it will surely be something that is unique to this particular movie. Hence the 'influenced' by tease dropped by Kevin Smith. He didn't say it was an exact replica of anything. We'll likely get a mishmash of all suits combined.

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice comes to theaters March 25th, 2016.

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