Kevin Smith Suggests New Movie Batman Boasts Classic Color Scheme

If you're wondering what Ben Affleck's Batman looks like out of the shadows, Smith suggests you turn to Frank Miller for an answer.

Get ready for a potentially colorful Batman in the follow-up to Man of Steel.

In the most recent episode of his Hollywood Babble-On podcast, Kevin Smith talked some more about the costume Ben Affleck will be wearing during his debut as DC Entertainment’s Dark Knight in the 2016 release. Smith had previously spoken about seeing an early shot of the outfit, but he said that the image released by director Zack Snyder last week was “not the picture I saw.”

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He went on to say that the photograph he had seen was “in color, and you could see every piece of detail.” Why is the color issue important? According to Smith, “if you want to see what this … suit looks like, you just go to Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns, go to the third book, “Hunt the Dark Knight.” It’s the exact … outfit he’s wearing.”

For those without a copy of The Dark Knight Returns in hand, the costume in that book looks, for the most part, to be different shades of gray — with the exception of one scene, where the underside of the cape is quite clearly shown to be deep blue — with a bright yellow belt. After years of a monochromatic Caped Crusader, is Smith hinting at a long-awaited return to the blue, yellow and gray color scheme that served Batman so well during his Super Friends years? We can but hope — and hope for a full-scale reveal of the costume at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con, while we’re at it.