A brand new batch of behind-the-scenes photos was recently revealed online, offering an early look at Ben Affleck as the actor was being fitted for his Batsuit in 2016’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
Ironhead Studio recently shared an early look into the behind-the-scenes process for creating Ben Affleck’s Batsuit for his debut as Batman in Batman v Superman. The images reveal not only Ben Affleck being fitted for his Batman costume but also a look inside the creative process behind creating the cowl itself, which as detailed in the caption was the first-ever classic Batman cowl that allowed an actor to turn their head while wearing the costume.
Check out these incredible behind-the-scenes photos of Ben Affleck during his first costume fitting for Batman v Superman in the post below!
After his appearances as Batman in Batman v Superman, Suicide Squad, and Justice League, Ben Affleck officially retired from the role and hung up the cape and cowl.
Ben Affleck was originally set to write, direct, and star in his very own standalone Batman film after Justice League but dropped out of directing the project in order to get the script right before starring in the film. Ultimately, Warner Bros. brought in Matt Reeves following his success with the Planet of the Apes sequels. Ben Affleck’s script was rumored to have been inspired by David Fincher’s The Game and would have featured Joe Manganiello’s Deathstroke as its villain, but Matt Reeves ultimately chose to start from scratch and develop an entirely new story for the next Batman film and Ben Affleck was replaced by Robert Pattinson in the role.
Not much is known as plot details for The Batman are still under wraps. Previous rumors once pointed to an earlier version of the script featuring Ben Affleck bookending the movie as his current Batman while it introduced a younger version of the iconic character, played by Robert Pattinson. But with Ben Affleck retired from the role, Robert Pattinson has officially replaced the Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Justice League star.
Although details are slim, Matt Reeves has confirmed that his movie is not based on Frank Miller’s acclaimed Year One comic and will emphasize the hero as the world’s greatest detective more than previous films have in the past. It is expected to be the first chapter in a new movie trilogy.
Last month, Greig Fraser joined The Batman as its new cinematographer. His previous work includes Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Lion, and Zero Dark Thirty. He also shot the 2010 remake of Let Me In, which was written and directed by Matt Reeves.
Matt Reeves’ film is one of the many projects currently being developed by Warner Bros. and DC. These projects include The Flash standalone film, Green Lantern Corps, Black Adam, Cyborg, Supergirl, New Gods, and Nightwing.
The Batman will be released in theaters on June 25, 2021. Stay tuned for the latest news on Ben Affleck, The Batman and the future of the DC Extended Universe!
Ben Affleck’s Top Batman Moments, Including ‘Justice League’
Ben Affleck turns 47 today and while he may no longer be Batman, the actor has had some incredible moments as the Caped Crusader in films such as Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Suicide Squad and Justice League.
Back in 2013 when it was announced that Ben Affleck would don the cape and cowl, fans quickly backlashed against Warner Bros. and even created a few petitions asking the studio to reconsider the casting. Warner Bros. then announced that the actor would reprise his role in the first live-action Justice League movie and even a Justice League sequel. Then the first still of Ben Affleck in the Batsuit was released by Zack Snyder, showing that this version of Batman would sport a more comics-accurate costume than his predecessors. This made some fans warm up to the idea of having the Gigli actor play the DC Extended Universe’s Bruce Wayne.
Three films and a new actor as The Batman later, we’ve decided to dive into some of Ben Affleck’s top moments as the DC Comics icon.
6) Recruiting the Justice League
Ben Affleck’s Bruce Wayne was given a brief introduction to the Justice League in BvS thanks to Lex Luthor’s metahuman files, leading him to seek the metas out in 2017’s Justice League movie. In Justice League, an alien invasion triggers Batman to search for Aquaman, Cyborg and The Flash because he believes they’re the Earth’s only chance against this threat. The scenes of Ben Affleck recruiting Ezra Miller’s Barry Allen and Jason Momoa’s Aquaman gave us something we’ve never seen in a live-action Batman: someone who can lead a team.
5) Robbing LexCorp Of Kryptonite
This scene is one of my favorites. It’s not included in the theatrical cut of Dawn of Justice, but it’s one of the most Batman things done in the entire film. After Ben Afleck’s Bruce Wayne sees that the Capitol was bombed, he becomes furious and automatically blames Superman. He then suits up and robs LexCorp to acquire the Kryptonite Lex Luthor brought into the county. While we don’t get to see it happen, we later watch Luthor view the robbery on a security camera. For brief second, you can see Batman swoop down and destroy LexCorp’s security.
4) Batmobile Chase & Ben Affleck’s Batman Meets Henry Cavill’s Superman
Ben Affleck gave a stellar performance in Batman v Superman. His rage as the Dark Knight and suave aura as Bruce Wayne gave us one of the best live-action takes on the character in history. One of the best moments in the film is the Batmobile chase that leads into Batman meeting Superman for the first time. The sequence begins with the Caped Crusader doing actual detective work by scoping out Anatoly Knyazev’s shady dealings with Lex Luthor. He then shoots a tracer on Anatoly’s vehicle, igniting one of the best Batmobile chases to ever hit the big screen. The chase ends with Superman and Batman finally meeting each other and the latter stands tall in the face of a god, signaling that he’s ready for war by saying “Tell me, do you bleed?… You will.”
3) Batman v Superman
Batman v Superman didn’t have that much fighting in it between the titular characters, but when they did fight it was undoubtedly awesome. Ben Affleck’s Batman got to wear a live-action version of Frank Miller’s Mech Batsuit and it helped him kick Superman’s ass. With the addition of Kryptonite, Ben Affleck gave Henry Cavill a run for his money. The sequence showed an angered Caped Crusader who just wanted to destroy Superman and protect the world, even if that meant throwing a bathroom sink at the Last Son of Krypton. While Batman definitely won that fight, he showed Superman mercy and this led to him saving Martha Kent and fighting alongside Kal-El against Doomsday.
2) Bruce Wayne Witnesses The Black Zero Event, Jumps Into Action
The first scene in Batman v Superman shows Ben Affleck’s Bruce Wayne rushing into Metropolis during the Superman and Zod battle that would later be labeled the “Black Zero Event.” His main priority is to get to the Wayne Financial building located in Gotham’s sister city and protect his staff. While en route to the building, Bruce stays in contact with an executive named Jack and just as he gets close to it, Superman and Zod collide into it and it’s destroyed by the latter’s heat vision. Bruce witnesses everything and runs into the smoke from the collapsing building to save any survivors he can. This showed the kind of hero Bruce Wayne is and would later tie into his disdain for the Man of Steel.
1) The Warehouse Scene
This moment happens shortly after Ben Affleck’s Batman totally wrecks Henry Cavill’s Superman with a bathroom sink. As soon as the fight ends, Bruce Wayne makes Clark Kent a promise that his mother Martha won’t die that night, and he definitely meant that. The warehouse scene in BvS is arguably the best live-action Batman fight sequence ever. It features Batman using a lot of his gadgets and skills to bulldoze a room full of thugs with the goal of saving Martha. Not only does Ben Affleck get to brutally take down a group of thugs, but he also gets to pay homage to the classic DC Comics storyline The Dark Knight Returns from Frank Miller. When the actor uttered the classic line “I believe you” in response to Anatoly Knyazev’s death threat aimed at Martha, he gave me chills.
Honorable Mention: The Suicide Squad Joker & Harley Chase scene
Suicide Squad features the only scene with Ben Affleck’s Batman and Jared Leto’s Joker together in the DC Extended Universe. Ben Affleck has a small role in the film, but when his Bruce Wayne suits up it isn’t actually him under the mask. Stuntman Richard Cetrone helped bring the Caped Crusader to life for this chase sequence and it’s still one of the best moments of Ben Affleck’s tenure as the iconic character. In the sequence, Batman chases Harley Quinn and The Joker into a river and dives in to save them but only finds the former. He performs mouth-to-mouth resuscitation on Harley, but she goes crazy and tries to attack him so he knocks her out with his fist. This was Batman’s first live-action interaction with Harley Quinn and it’s pretty cool for fans of Batman: The Animated Series to see.