Ever since it was revealed that the plot for Man of Steel 2, aka Batman vs Superman would use Frank Miller’s ‘The Dark Knight Returns’ as its batspiration, I was already envisioning a shorter eared bat cowl for Ben Affleck, and it looks like the rumor mill has kind of confirmed this, though the above image is from ‘Batman: Noel’ from 2011, which is a more modern take on the more compact Frank Miller style cowl and suit. Apparently, the first round of design would have made the next on-screen Batman similar to his look in the game ‘Injustice: Gods Among Us’, but it was scrapped for being too similar to Chris Nolan’s Batman.
DC is quite a few years late in trying to match Marvel’s giant movie comic book universe, but they’re seem committed to trying, saying that the 2015 Justice League movie will be the tentpole under which all the other DC character films will branch from. But with disappointing box office number for anything that’s not Batman recently, the entire fate of the Justice League film could rest of Man of Steel not tanking.
DC has only a few years to try and do with Justice League what Marvel did with The Avengers, but so far it hasn’t really come together in the same way. There were the Christopher Nolan Batman movies and the upcoming Man of Steel Superman movie, but they don’t seem to tie in to a larger Justice League film. Or maybe they do…
Even though Man of Steel has been delayed until next year, here’s a look at the costumes for Superman, Jor-El and Faora, on display at the 2012 Licensing Expo.