Kevin Smith Has Seen Ben Affleck as Batman + Lex Luthor Confirmed?
This past weekend, a fan event for Man of Steel took place with Kevin Smith hosting a chat with director Zack Snyder and the film's stars Henry Cavill and Amy Adams in order to hype the release of the DC Comics reboot hitting shelves tomorrow. And while there wasn't any concept art revealed for Batman vs. Superman (it ended up being art being given away for a contest), a couple tidbits have surfaced from the weekend which should get fans excited. First up, Smith revealed on his Hollywood Babble-On podcast (via ComicBookMovie) that not only has he seen the new Batman suit for the sequel, he's seen Ben Affleck in it.
Speaking on his podcast, Smith is all excitable for fans to see the suit;
"I saw the Batman costume. More than that I saw a picture of [Affleck] in the costume. Now, I don't want to give anything away ’cause that is up to them and stuff, but I am going to say this, I instantly bear hugged [Snyder]. You have not seen this costume in a movie on film before, and for a comic book fan it was mind bending. I was like 'Get out of here, only you have enough power to pull this off.' Because everyone always like does this Matrix/X-Men black armor. It was fantastic. I'm already a flag waver for this movie, but the costume, it blew my mind. I think everyone is just gonna be like, 'Holy shit!' It's its own thing, man. It's like we haven't been down this path at all. I was so elated. Even the hardest core “fuck all this” person will be like, 'Alright, I'm ready.'"
If the suit is unlike anything we've seen before, maybe we'll finally get the gray suit that we've seen in stories like The Dark Knight Returns or "Batman: The Animated Series." Smith is just as much a fanboy as any Batman supporter on the Internet, so it's hard to say how excited fans should get, but if it's a version of the costume that hasn't been used on film before, then that's an interesting start. But the hype doesn't end there. Despite the fact that rumors have swirled around casting for the Superman villain Lex Luthor to appear in the sequel, that has yet to be confirmed. However, Snyder may have let something slip.
In a conversation about Superman's space origins (via ScreenCrush), Snyder commented, "At its core, Superman is an alien. He comes from an alien world. Lex loves to call him an alien." Smith's response was, "That’s a spoiler, folks.” We're not sure how much Smith knows at this point, but if he's hosting this event, and he's seen Affleck in the Batsuit, it's likely he has some story details. This is about the closest we'll get to confirmation about Lex Luthor showing up in the sequel that we'll get for now, but as for names like Bryan Cranston or Mark Strong being courted for the role, we'll have to wait a bit longer.
But what about some story details? Well, the title implies that Superman and Batman will certainly be at odds, and Snyder hints at how they become involved with each other in the film, "Part of the fun of the idea [is] to be able to sort of play with that relationship, whether they’re fighting or they become friends. That’s the fun of making movies and playing with this mythology. Of course, there will be some physical conflicts, as well.” However, some fans may question as to how Superman deals with the destruction of Metropolis, or more importantly, killing General Zod, an element that some fans have complained about.
Snyder addressed the concern of the latter saying, “Maybe we’ll see the repercussions of that in the next film.” But along the topic of the destruction of the city, where Snyder estimates that about 5,000 people died (it seems like it should be more), he says that was an integral part of the climax and will impact Superman in the future. "For me, that was part of it. No, there’s real consequences. Not to compare, but if you look at The Avengers, they trash the city and nobody thinks about how many people are dying.” To be fair, entire city blocks weren't completely destroyed in The Avengers and the damage was contained to a much smaller area of New York. But Snyder adds, "There’s a sadness at the end of the movie. That’s a thing that weighs on Superman." Perhaps the destruction is something that Batman lays into Superman about. Stay tuned for anymore Batman vs. Superman updates as we wait for the film to arrive on July 17th, 2015.