To say that Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice was a divisive addition to the comic book genre, would be an understatement. Where critics and fans disagree about the film’s storytelling merits and overall quality though, there’s one thing that it seems like everyone appreciates: Dawn of Justice‘s spot-on visual quality compared to its comic book inspirations. With aspects of iconic stories like The Dark Knight Returns and even The Killing Joke, the film is a visual marvel from beginning to end, and provides an interesting new visual taste for a genre that has been critiqued for its overly familiar and similar aesthetic.
That extends to the film’s take on superhero costumes – and with the introduction of Ben Affleck’s Bruce Wayne/Batman into the DC Extended Universe, director Zack Snyder and his collaborators did a substantial job at separating the newest incarnation of The Dark Knight from his onscreen predecessors, both visually and in his characterization. For a film that featured Affleck’s Batman in both his everyday costume and in his armored version while fighting Superman, that’s saying something.
We’ve gotten to see quite a bit of concept art from Batman V Superman over the months since its initial March theatrical release as well, including possible alternate looks for characters like Doomsday. Now though, some new concept art from artist Jerad S. Marantz has been revealed, showing some of his original, early versions of what Batman’s armored batsuit would look like in the film.
Affleck’s new take on the Dark Knight was, without a doubt, generally thought of as the most positive aspect of Batman V Superman following its release, and has maintained that status almost 7 months later. Zack Snyder used an interesting approach when it came to filming Affleck in his batsuit in the film too, so it’s interesting to look at say, Affleck in the Batsuit now compared to Michael Keaton in Tim Burton’s 1989 film, and see just how far we’ve come – in terms of the quality of superhero costumes we’re getting to see onscreen nowadays.
Considering how beloved Frank Miller’s fight between Batman and Superman was in The Dark Knight Returns, Snyder and co. had some high expectations to meet when it came to providing fans with a live-action version of it in Batman V Superman. That all started with creating a unique and impressive visual edge for their fight – and while the choreography and overall VFX aspects of the fight were what garnered the most attention from everyone who watched it, there’s no denying how impressive it also was just to see Affleck moving around and battling it out with Henry Cavill’s Man of Steel in the armored suit. It’s clear from this new concept art, that the filmmakers had a concrete idea of what they wanted from the armor all along as well.
Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice is out now on DVD and Blu-ray.