This weekend, filmmaker Kevin Smith hosted a special live fan event for the release of Man of Steel on Blu-ray and DVD. Anyone who watched the hour and fifteen minute Q&A with director Zack Snyder and stars Henry Cavill and Amy Adams may have been disappointed that hardly anything was revealed about the upcoming sequel/spin-off/team-up Batman Vs. Superman. We didn't even get a confirmation on title.

Some may have also been annoyed by Kevin Smith, who was quite hyper throughout the duration of his moderation, constantly giving high praise to all of the talent involved. So the revelation on his podcast Hollywood Babble-On some hours later might read as hyperbolic to fans who still don't like the idea of Ben Affleck as Batman.

After the Q&A, director Zack Snyder showed Smith a picture of his longtime friend and collaborator Ben Affleck in the Batman suit. And if we're to believe the hype, it quite literally blew the indie filmmaker's mind.

"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.'"

The director also revealed that the costume has a certain 'influence of style' but that portion of the podcast has since been omitted. Is he hinting at a Frank Miller-inspired suit for Bruce Wayne this time out? We'll have to wait until Zack Snyder decides to reveal the new look sometime in the future.

B. Alan Orange