‘Batman v Superman’: Zack Snyder on “Fabric-Based Batman”

     October 22, 2015

batman-vs-superman-costume-zack-snyderAt a recent Hollywood Walk of Fame ceremony honoring the late co-creator of Batman, Bob KaneBatman v Superman: Dawn of Justice director Zack Snyder was in attendance to lend his support. Since Snyder is the latest filmmaker to bring Batman to the big screen since the character’s inception in 1939, he talked about Kane’s legacy while also offering up comments on his own take on the Caped Crusader. His talk addressed the newest design of Ben Affleck’s costume, and he was quick to share credit with Kane for bringing the vision of Batman into reality over 75 years ago.

As CBR reports, Snyder honored Kane’s creation in praising the ever-present influence of Batman and the fact that the character has endured despite his lack of superpowers. While Snyder’s description of Kane’s lasting creation comes off a bit creepy and supernatural, I’m sure his heart was in the right place. Here’s Snyder’s comment on his own design for Batman and how Kane helped to influence it:

“He wasn’t really the Batman I had imagined. Bob really had put him there in my mind, through years of TV shows, comic books, movies. I realized that we all — every single one of us — has a Batman, an imaginary Batman, in our minds, lurking in the shadows.”


Photo via Clay Enos

Thanks to Snyder, I will now remember that Batman is watching, even while I’m sleeping. Now, in a less terrifying version of what makes Batman so enduring, Snyder commented on the character’s humanity:

“Batman, unlike Superman or Wonder Woman or Flash, is a guy without powers,” Snyder said. “He’s a man. He’s all of us. I think that’s it. We all carry around a hero inside of ourselves every day. It’s that guy. It’s Batman. I thank Bob for that. We all owe him a debt of gratitude. In that hero that we carry around, we realize that the hero is us, because he’s just the man. In truth, we are all the Batman.”

Getting down to more Batman v Superman factoids, Snyder commented further on his idea for Batman’s costume design in an interview with CBR after the event:

I had a really strong idea about what I wanted to do — I really wanted to do sort of a fabric-based Batman; not what’s become the more normal, armored Batman. That’s how we evolved it.

He once again addressed the idea of an older Batman, as well:

I definitely wanted an older Batman. I wanted a war-weary Batman. That’s why, in a lot of ways, Ben was really perfect for me — we kind of aged him a little bit. It worked really great. I’m really excited about the Batman we created.


Image via Warner Bros.

So, in summation, Snyder’s vision of Batman was a fabric-wrapped older man who lurks in the dark places of our minds. Do you think that idea is even close to what we’ll see on screen March 25, 2016? Is it a good thing that it’s not what we’ll see? Let us know in the comments! And be sure to check out CBR’s interview for more from Snyder on Batman, including the director playing down the idea of Batman v Superman being an adaptation of Frank Miller’s “The Dark Knight Returns.”

For more on Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, check out our previous and continuing coverage provided at the links below:


Image via Warner Bros.

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