From the moment we learned that Warner Bros. and DC Comics were planning on moving forward with a new big screen version of Batman, comic book fans have been speculating wildly about what the latest version of the costumed vigilante would look like. Would Batman Vs. Superman’s gear be radically different than what we saw in Tim Burton, Joel Schumacher and Christopher Nolan’s movies? Would it be based on a recent graphic novel, or would director Zack Snyder and his team go old school? Finally we have our answer, and it’s pretty stunning.

Yesterday, Snyder took to his Twitter account to reveal our first look at Ben Affleck as Batman, and fans have been buzzing about it ever since. Practically every pixel of the image is fascinating, from the shrouded figure in front to the stylish vehicle in back to the dark, moody atmosphere that takes over the whole thing. We can’t wait to see Batman vs. Superman’s Dark Knight in action, but until then let’s take a closer look at what we can expect to see in the 2016 mega blockbuster.

Batman vs. Superman Batman Cowl
The Cowl
Ben Affleck’s chin is a fairly distinctive one, which you would think would make it hard for this version of Batman to keep his secret identity a secret. But we’re not here to talk about the actor’s face; we’re here to talk about how awesome and different this cowl is from anything we’ve seen on the big screen since the 1980s. Clearly inspired by the artistic work of Frank Miller – with whom Zack Snyder worked on 300 - the most notable quality of this mask is that the ears are much shorter than we’ve seen on the big screen previously. These don’t look like ears so much as they look like horns, making the Dark Knight look almost like a demon – perfect for scaring the crap out of Gotham’s criminal element.

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