We nearly made it four months after the announcement of Batman vs. Superman before the rumor mill started kicking up in earnest, but it appears that the time has come for weekly murmurs and rumblings. As director Zack Snyder and screenwriter David S. Goyer continue to fine tune the script and prep for an early 2014 shoot on Batman vs. Superman, various departments are starting to make arrangements for filming to begin. That means sets, vehicles, and costumes are being designed as we speak, and a new report has surfaced that claims to have details regarding the new Batsuit that Ben Affleck will be donning. Hit the jump for more, including rumors of a less military-looking Batmobile.
As a wholly new Batman will be onscreen in Batman vs. Superman, a brand new costume will need to be designed. Not only will this ensure there is no in-universe confusion with regards to Christopher Nolan’s trilogy, but it also easily distinguishes the Ben Affleck Batman merchandise from all the other iterations. CBM (admittedly not the most trustworthy of sites) claims to have exclusive intel on the new Batsuit—specifically the cowl—which they say will be inspired by the 2011 graphic novel Batman: Noel.
While not wildly different from recent iterations, the Noel suit is grey instead of black and looks a bit weathered, which would be in keeping with the “seasoned, tired, and weary” Batman that Affleck will be playing opposite Henry Cavill’s fresh-faced Superman. But again, this rumor is wholly unconfirmed and CBM doesn’t exactly have a strong track record with scoops, so take this with a grain of salt for now.
In other Batman vs. Superman news, Batman on Film (which has a more solid reputation) reports that the new Batmobile will be a significant deviation from Nolan’s Tumbler designs and will have a markedly less military look. This isn’t a massive surprise, as Snyder’s DC Universe is entirely separate from The Dark Knight Trilogy so it will inherently look different—and it should. The team behind the new Batmobile is General Motors, the same folks who built the vehicles for Transformers 4, so I’m guessing we’ll be in for a more car-like look.
Expect plenty more rumors over the next few months as filming ramps up, sprinkled in with the occasional official announcement or confirmation every now and then. Batman vs. Superman opens in theaters on July 17, 2015.