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It’s Your First Official Look at Ben Affleck as Batman!

After yesterday’s titillating look at the rear of the Batmobile from Zack Snyder’s still-untitled upcoming Man of Steel sequel, the director has tweeted a better look at the film’s car, partially obscured by just one thing — Batman himself. Yes, the sneaky Snyder has surprised us by offering not just the first official reveal of the machine, but the man behind it — Ben Affleck in costume as the Caped Crusader.

At first glance, Batfleck looks like he may be the most muscle-bound big screen Batman of all, which makes sense since he’ll presumably be pitted against Superman at first, before the two of them decide to team up and go after the film’s real threat. Comic fans will undoubtedly point out, however, that the latest Batman strongly recalls the title character in Frank Miller’s classic graphic novel The Dark Knight Returns, with his over-sized Bat emblem emblazoned across his chest and shorter (dare I say stubbier?) ears on his cowl.

Of course a Dark Knight Returns-inspired suit is entirely appropriate for this film, seeing as Miller’s story featured perhaps the most iconic duel between Batman and Superman, as well as an older Bruce Wayne (which Affleck is expected to play) who is coaxed out of retirement to save Gotham City one last time… I was as skeptical as the next fanboy when I heard of the former Daredevil’s casting, but now? Color me excited. At the very least, Gotham’s new savior looks great. And two things are certain: 1.) Jesse Eisenberg now seems an even less physically threatening Lex Luthor, and 2.) If Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman has her eye on Superman, as the character has in current DC Comics continuity, she may want to turn her attention to his hunky buddy.

What do you think of the new Batsuit? Let us know in the comments below!

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