Ben Affleck's full Batman costume revealed

As promised, director Zack Snyder has pulled the tarp off the Batmobile he will be using for the upcoming Man of Steel sequel –but the world got more than it bargained for, with the very first look of not only the top of the vehicle but also actor Ben Affleck in full costume:

I shot this with my @Leica_Camera M Monochrom. #Batman #Batmobile #Gotham

— ZackSnyder (@ZackSnyder) May 13, 2014

After the image hit the web, fans started speculating about the suit, with eagle-eyed comic book enthusiasts pointing out that the suit is indeed inspired by the one an aged Bruce Wayne wears in Frank Miller’s and Klaus Janson’s epic 1986 Batman story, “Batman: The Dark Knight Returns”.

Stylistic elements similar to the suit worn in the comic include the shorter ears on the cowl and the Bat-Symbol itself, which is wider and covers the entirety of Batman’s chest. However, there are key differences that separate it from its comic book counterpart and which also draw from The New 52 and even Christopher Nolan’s Batman films, seen primarily in the linings of the bodysuit and the studded knuckles in the gauntlets.

Comic book artist Dean Trippe even took to Twitter to draw out and compare the source material with Affleck’s costume, pointing out some notable similarities and differences in both designs:

I made this comparison of Batfleck and DKR bat-symbols, drawing both from reference.

— Dean Trippe (@deantrippe) May 13, 2014

Since being announced as the new man to take on the Cape and Cowl following Christian Bale’s tenure as the Caped Crusader in Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight Trilogy, Ben Affleck’s casting has been met with mixed reactions globally. The former Daredevil star and Academy Award-winning “Argo” director has been hard at work preparing for the role, with public support coming from not only Zack Snyder himself, but close friends in wife Jennifer Garner and acclaimed comic book writer Kevin Smith. Both were privy to seeing Affleck don the costume months before it went public, with Smith, a big batman fan himself, saying “They gave you the suit you all wanted to see."

With production expected to be underway this month, Batman Vs Superman is expected to draw out quite the fanbase, with Henry Cavill reprising his role as Clark Kent/ Superman and coming face-to-face with Ben Affleck’s Bruce Wayne/ Batman, who is described as being in his “40’s”, further establishing the influence The Dark Knight Returns has on the design and path of the sequel. It will be the very first time both heroes are represented in one live action film together, and joining The World’s Finest will be Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, thereby completing DC’s iconic Trinity. Jeremy Irons has also been cast as Batman’s most trusted butler and friend Alfred Pennyworth, while Jesse Eisenberg opposes them as Superman’s greatest nemesis, Lex Luthor.

“Batman Vs Superman” has an expected release date in theaters on May 6, 2016. –TJD, GMA News