BATMAN V SUPERMAN: Zack Snyder Shares Early Costume Test From 2013 Showing Ben Affleck Suited Up

BATMAN V SUPERMAN: Zack Snyder Shares Early Costume Test From 2013 Showing Ben Affleck Suited Up BATMAN V SUPERMAN: Zack Snyder Shares Early Costume Test From 2013 Showing Ben Affleck Suited Up

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice director Zack Snyder marked Ben Affleck's 49th birthday yesterday with a photo he took in 2013 showing the actor suited up as the Dark Knight. Check it out right here...

By JoshWilding - Aug 16, 2021 01:08 AM EST
Filed Under: Batman vs. Superman

Believe it or not, Ben Affleck was cast as the Dark Knight way back in August 2013. Cameras soon started rolling on Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and the actor would go on to shoot a cameo role in Suicide Squad before returning for Justice League. With Joss Whedon at the helm of reshoots, the latter proved to be a disaster, though the other two movies were similarly negatively received.

As a result, it was no great surprise when Affleck decided not to star in and direct The Batman. Matt Reeves is now at the helm of that movie, though Robert Pattinson will be his Caped Crusader. 

Affleck's attitude towards the role appears to have changed recently, though, as he returned to take part in Zack Snyder's Justice League reshoots and will be part of The Flash next year as well.

Yesterday was the actor's 49th birthday, and Snyder decided to celebrate by sharing a never-before-seen photo of Affleck decked out in the Batsuit for what we're assuming was the first time in 2013. The costume didn't go through a lot of changes after this, so we're guessing the filmmaker knew fairly early on what he wanted from his Bruce Wayne (a look inspired by Frank Miller's The Dark Knight Returns). 

Check out Snyder's photo of the DCEU's original Batman below:

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DeadClunge - 8/16/2021, 1:35 AM
He looks slimmer here 🤔
SKetCH - 8/16/2021, 1:39 AM
Seriously, how did he go from this to Fatman?!

This looks so much better, definitely slimmed down. I can't imagine adding the cowl also adds 80lbs to this look.
dracula - 8/16/2021, 1:48 AM
He looks like that at a costume test and you still feel the need to give him Rob Liefeld level muscle padding?

Could have been an amazing Batman with a better script (although the more I hear about his story, the more im glad it didnt happen, its just the same Deathstroke story everyone does)

Cant wait for The Batman with Pattinson. Time for a new start
dracula - 8/16/2021, 2:08 AM
So much potential wasted in 3 movies
dragon316 - 8/16/2021, 3:25 AM
@dracula - you forgot hush that one sucked only animated dc movie I didn’t like yes I don’t like LEGO Batman solo movie
Slotherin - 8/16/2021, 6:33 AM
@dragon316 - damn I agreed up til the dis on Lego Batman
LlamaLord - 8/16/2021, 9:15 AM
@dragon316 - Hush is not part of this new animated universe. It's just these 4 for now.
4thMaster - 8/16/2021, 1:00 PM
@dracula - It's a big missed opportunity to not use Dent's normal half on the Part 1 cover. They'd look so great next to each other.
dracula - 8/16/2021, 1:03 PM
@4thMaster - yeah was hoping they would do that. Love Joker, but whats the point of showing just half his face
SensitivityII - 8/17/2021, 10:28 AM
@dracula - justice society was [frick]ing garbage.
Kyos - 8/16/2021, 2:18 AM
Looks a lot better than what we got.
Jaspion - 8/16/2021, 2:51 AM

HulkisHoly - 8/16/2021, 10:02 AM
@Jaspion -

BVS might be one of the worst superhero films ever made but man...

That suit was perfection.
Fogs - 8/16/2021, 10:05 AM
@HulkisHorny - Agreed. And I liked Affleck as Bats and Bruce as well. Wish he had better material to work with.
Fares - 8/16/2021, 3:09 AM
Someone should make a Chad meme out of this.
bkmeijer2 - 8/16/2021, 3:13 AM
Didn't mind Fatman, but this does look better. If only he gave Affleck something interesting to do. Trying to murder Superman and Nick Fury-ing the Justice League just isn't.
dagenspear - 8/16/2021, 4:36 AM
I'd prefer this over what I think is the larger look, to me.
WEAPONXOXOXO - 8/16/2021, 4:41 AM
who's dick does doctorrichard need to suck to stop these zack articles. no one cares.
ooooh!! wow! a picture! from a movie 8 years old. that wasn't good.
BoW - 8/16/2021, 7:34 AM
@WEAPONXOXOXO - Yet here you are.
AC1 - 8/16/2021, 4:42 AM
Looks great, and to everyone commenting on Ben's size/weight comparing this image to BvS... Isn't that kind of the point? BvS was meant to be about Batman at his worst; jaded, violent, obsessive, traumatised, and that's even manifested in his physical appearance where he's taken his body to the absolute extreme as if to overcompensate for where his mind is at.

As for Justice League, a lot of that is more to do with the fact that (at least, according to reports at the time) Ben was going through a really bad time in real life and that was obviously having an impact on his health, with it being particularly evident in the footage from Joss Whedon's reshoots due to them happening so long after principal photography.
weirdestthing - 8/16/2021, 5:50 AM
*YOU* asked for a comic-accurate Batman. You *got* a comic-accurate Batman. And yet you complain.
inkniron - 8/16/2021, 6:12 AM
Still looks like a miscast old man in a rubber suit. He just looks like a slimmer, miscast old man in a rubber suit.
BoW - 8/16/2021, 7:36 AM
@inkniron - Jesus, how old are you? 12? “Old man”

Kids these day.
inkniron - 8/16/2021, 8:17 AM
@BobbyW - I'm pretty sure I'm the same age he was when this picture was taken, which is older than I ever figured I'd make it in my youth and old enough to know it's an idiotic age to start Batman's story in a shared universe. He should be Superman's contemporary, maybe a year or 2 older, not a decade+.
mrbioshock1984 - 8/16/2021, 9:05 AM
@inkniron - I agree! Why cast a older Batman? I think because Zack was going to kill him in JL 2 and the snyderverse was supposed to be short lived and go on like the MCU.
BoW - 8/16/2021, 11:02 AM
@inkniron - We’ve had young Batman constantly. It’s so boring to constantly see the same old stuff just through a different director’s eyes. How many damn origin stories do you people need?
inkniron - 8/16/2021, 11:10 AM
@BobbyW - Superman's contemporary at that time wouldn't be an origin, but it damn sure wouldn't have wasted everything interesting that happened in his career either.

How many origins do we need though? One, and have it be a good one for the Justice League where Bruce isn't at the end of his rope, at the end of his career and he's more interested in the team and the future than killing himself or others.
KurtLazner - 8/16/2021, 11:38 AM
@inkniron - That's weird. I didn't know you could miscast Batman with Bruc- I mean Ben.
Godzilla2000Zer - 8/16/2021, 7:46 AM
Ben's still my all time favorite Batman
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