While Batman doesn't have the incredible superpowers that Superman gets as a result of Earth's yellow sun, the reason he stands a chance in a one-on-one battle is because of his smarts. Bruce Wayne doesn't have laser vision and he can't fly, but he can build a kick-ass suit covered in the special alien material that weakens his opponent. And that's exactly what the Dark Knight reportedly does in Zack Snyder's upcoming Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
This new bit of info comes courtesy of a Batman-News reader, who got some inside knowledge about the upcoming blockbuster from Rehan Jalali, the trainer who has been working with Ben Affleck on the movie. There are a few details about the actor having shirtless scenes in the film, but the most interesting bits are specifically about the Batsuit. No, I'm not talking about the one you see above - I'm talking about the armor-plated version that was featured in the Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice footage that was shown at San Diego Comic-Con this past summer. According to Jalali, the armored batsuit is not only covered in Kryptonite, but can also shoot missiles.
Many of you will probably recognize certain aspects of this description. That's because it sounds almost exactly like the batsuit that Bruce Wayne created to fight Superman in Frank Miller's classic The Dark Knight Returns:
It's pretty clear at this point that Zack Snyder is drawing a lot of inspiration from that particular book, as Miller's work is now clearly responsible for both of the Batsuit designs. How deep into the production those references will go is unknown at this point, however. Are these just aesthetic touches, or is the movie going to practically be an adaptation? We can't really say at this point.
And while I suspect that some fans may be a bit miffed about the idea of Batman strapping missiles to his suit, given the whole "no killing" thing - let's not forget who the Dark Knight's opponent is in this case. Sure, Superman would be blown back by the force of a missile, but it's not going to kill him. Just look at them as defense missiles on Batman's part.
Production on Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is still rolling, as it has been for the past couple of months (it's starting to become clear why this film needs so much time for post-production work). Surely the finish line must be in sight, however, and at that point Snyder will switch over to working with his editors and get the finished movie ready for its March 25, 2016 release date.
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