Kevin Smith on Ben Affleck's ‘Batman’ Costume: ‘You Have Not Seen This Costume On Film Before’

Kevin Smith on Ben Affleck's 'Batman' Costume: 'You Have Not Seen This Costume On Film Before'

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Smith praises director Zack Snyder's creative vision during his weekly podcast

“Batman vs. Superman” stars Ben Affleck as a brand new Batman, and like every other incarnation of the DC superhero, he'll be wearing a brand new suit. And according to self-professed superfan Kevin Smith, it's awesome.

The filmmaker and “Comic Book Men” star told KROQ personality Ralph Garmen during their weekly live podcast, “Hollywood Babble-On,” that director Zack Snyder had shown him a picture of Affleck in costume backstage at a Q&A event over the weekend promoting the Blu-ray release of “Man of Steel.”

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“I saw the Batman costume. More than that, I saw a picture of him in the costume,” Smith said. “Now I don't want to give anything away, because that's up to them and stuff, but I'm going to say this — I instantly bear hugged him. You have not seen this costume, in a movie, on film before. And for a comic book fan, it was mind bending.”

Blogs around the web have been speculating that the influence for the new costume design hails from Lee Bermejo's 2011 graphic novel “Batman: Noël,” which is based on Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol.”

Smith, who was commissioned by Warner Bros. in the mid '90s to write a “Superman” movie that never got made, did not address those rumors. He did, however, make sure to emphasize that Snyder and his producing team are not making the same mistake prominently featured on George Clooney‘s suit in “Batman & Robin.”

“Everyone always does this “Matrix”-y/”X-Men” black thing,” Smith said. “There wasn't a single nipple on this fuckin’ suit, man. It was fantastic.”

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Affleck has previously said that Snyder's “brilliant” approach to the character after the success of Christopher Nolan's critically-acclaimed “Dark Knight” trilogy is what made him sign on for the film.

“Zack had this incredible take on it,” Affleck told Jimmy Fallon in September. “Obviously you can't do what Christian [Bale] did — those movies are awesome, amazing — so he wants to do something different, but still in keeping with that. So I thought, ‘This is a brilliant way to do this, I really know how to hook into this.'”

Smith echoed Affleck's own excitement, and assured fans Snyder's approach would indeed be different.

“I'm already, obviously, a flag waiver for the movie, but the costume blew my mind,” Smith added. “I'm so fucking happy, I think everyone is going to be like, ‘Holy shit.’ It's its own thing. We haven't been down this path at all.”

  • jhs39

    I'm sure if the costume are cool the movie will be great then. That worked for Zack Snyder before in Sucker Punch and Watchman, right?

    • achuzzlewit

      Sucker Punch wasn't a “good” movie….but it DID have some redeeming qualities that I shan't get into on this family website.

      But I hated Watchmen (the movie version at least).

      • jhs39

        Sucker Punch looked great and the ladies were attractive but that's about it. Watchmen also looked great but it was like watching paint dry. Opening weekend about 80% of the viewer comments on Fandango were people saying they had walked out so I had to see it for myself. I ended up walking out, too. I've only walked out of two movies my entire life–Roller Boogie starring Linda Blair and Watchmen.

        I ended up getting Watchmen for 2.00 on Blu-ray from the garbage rack at Half Priced Books. I tried watching it twice and ended up falling asleep both times.

        I also thought Man of Steel mostly sucked but I realize I'm in a minority on that one.

        I just don't understand what people are talking about when they say Zack Snyder is so talented or that he has this incredible vision. To my mind if Warner Brothers was actually happy with Man of Steel then they would be doing a sequel to it instead of a Batman Vs Superman movie.

        But what do I know?

        • Truth Powell

          Snyder's films are pure cinema. Comic books brought to life. They are masterpieces of a certain aesthetic. They are at once kick ass-historical-and cultural. Watchmen is an amazing film. The intro with the history of superheroes and the Kennedy assassination had me smiling in the theater. Sucker Punch had sprinkles of wisdom throughout. Hollow WW1 german soldiers in the trenches.The fact that all you noticed were the pretty girls shows the mental level you're working on.

          • jhs39

            After trying unsuccessfully to sit through Watchmen on Blu-ray twice I gave the disc to a friend who liked Sucker Punch and 300. He could only make it through about an hour of the movie and ended up giving it to a neighbor. That Watchmen Blu-ray is like the evil video tape from the Ring films, bringing deadly boredom wherever it lands.

          • Truth Powell

            ok so you have a friend as vapid as you. Birds of the same feather flock together.

          • jhs39

            I'm sure you spend lots of time in comic book shops but I don't know of a single person who isn't a comic book geek who liked Watchman. It was a huge box office flop despite massive marketing–Watchman grossed 185 million dollars worldwide on a 130 million dollar budget, meaning it lost at least 75 million dollars at the box office. It's opening weekend was a highly respectable 55 million dollars but it dropped a very steep 70% in week two, meaning PEOPLE DID NOT LIKE IT. As I said earlier, the vast majority of the viewer comments on Fandango opening weekend were people saying they walked out of the movie. That kind of bad word of mouth is how you end up with a 70% box office drop after opening weekend. You can convince yourself that Walkman is a great work of art if you want to but that doesn't change the fact that you are in an extreme minority and that you probably encounter most of the movie's fans every year when you go to Comic-Con.

        • vic

          I just hope That you know superman well to understand the movie because if not. You are saying zack Snyder's movies suck when you don't even know what you're watching. Kinda like watching inception and saying it sucks because you dont understand it.

  • A.L. Hern

    “Flag waiver,” Greg?

    You should waive your pay for this week for that one.

    • Boo Radley

      You don't understand how quotes work in an article, do you?

      • Kenny8

        Surely when someone says something you bother to spell it correctly….

      • Karenindixie

        If it's a verbal quote, then it should be spelled the way it is spelled if you wrote the same quote on paper. Waiver is a document waiving your right to something. Flag waver, OTOH, is someone who is enthusiastic about something.

  • T B

    Great. I really didn't like the Christian Bale outfits. They always seemed like weak versions of the Batman Returns costume.

  • JonathanOutsideTheBox

    Hopefully the costume is good enough to where you can't tell that Ben Affleck is the one wearing it.

    • Karenindixie

      Though he's not my first choice, I'm going to give the movie a chance. He could be the perfect Batman, we won't know until he's on screen.

  • movies fan

    And I thought I was the only person that couldn't finish watching this movie, I guess I will give it another try.