The Batsuit has a long and storied history of being terribly adapted to film, beginning first and foremost with Adam West’s spandex getup in the 1966 tv series. But with Batman Vs. Superman’s May release looming, Ben Affleck’s version of the suit is being called a “total reinvention.”
News about Affleck’s suit came from none other than wife Jennifer Garner, who Entertainment Tonight interviewed at the recent Screen Actors Guild awards. When pressed about her hubby’s new attire, Garner called the suit “unbelievably cool” and that it is a “total reinvention.” Check the clip below:
Now, ordinarily, a statement like Garner’s would grab much media attention. However, what she said does echo director/Batman fanatic Kevin Smith’s profanity-laced reaction to the new suit. Smith nabbed a look at the new Batsuit last fall, raving that he went “glassy-eyed and weak in the knees” at the sight of it:
“I instantly bear hugged him. You have not seen this costume in a movie, on film before. For a comic book fan, it was mind-bending… Because every other movie has done this Matrix-y black armor thing… There wasn’t a single nipple on this ******* suit man… I think everyone is just gonna be like ‘Holy ****!’ It’s its own thing, man. We haven’t been down this path before.”
So, things are looking good. But, still, let us not forget the many “reinventions” of the Batsuit Hollywood has brought us over the years. There’s George Clooney’s abomination from 1997’s Batman and Robin, Val Kilmer’s mess in Batman Forever, Michael Keaton’s nipple-y edition from1989’s Batman—the list goes on. Which, of course, is to say that “different” doesn’t always mean “better.”
Ben Affleck probably knows that already, though.