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Thursday, November 14, 2013 

A costume alone does not a movie make

The Batman costume Ben Affleck is going to wear in Batman vs. Superman is supposed to be "different from anything we've seen before". But I looked at it, and to me it looks like something I have seen before: an outfit that looks like it was made of hard rubber or plastic, not unlike what George Clooney was wearing in Batman & Robin. No, it doesn't boast nipple-style designs on the chestplate, but it still looks little different from what's been seen before.

And, Business Insider quoted a rather unreliable filmmaker in support of the costume:
Comic book lord and filmmaker Kevin Smith spilled during his latest Hollywood Babble-On podcast that he has seen a picture of Affleck in the new costume straight from director Zack Snyder and its awesome. [...]

The "Comic Book Men" star added that even hardcore Batfans will be able to get behind this costume.

"The costume, it blew my mind," said Smith. "It's its own thing. I was so elated."
Yeah, coming from that pretentious man, that's telling a lot. Actually, the costume is probably the least of the project's problems. What's really hampering this upcoming movie is that it reeks too much of the kind of "fanboy tale" that spoiled many superhero comics in the 1990s; just the kind of thing Smith thinks makes for greatness. But onscreen, I'm skeptical it'd work any better than it has back in the pamphlets. The title says nearly all: a clash between the World's Finest, and even if there is a supervillain present, it's bound to take away from that.

The Wrap said that Nightwing looks to have a presence in this movie, and that only furthers the perception this is more a "fanboy outing" than a movie with wide appeal. If that's how it turns out, I can't see how this will be something that draws crowds beyond addicts predisposed to checking everything based on a comic.

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