It'll be quite a while until we see official photos of him in action, but the world has already seen two official stills of Hollywood actor and director Ben Affleck as the new Batman for Zack Snyder and Warner Bros. upcoming sequel to the 2013 Superman reboot film "Man of Steel" with "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice".
Through his official Twitter feed and with the latest just debuting recently for last month's San Diego Comic-Con, Snyder has teased Affleck's Batman, who's supposedly a "tired, weary, and battle-hardened" Bruce Wayne, with a costume that looks and gets its inspiration from Frank Miller's seminal futuristic Batman tale that is "Batman: The Dark Knight Returns".
The cowl's ears in Affleck's suit are shorter, and he has a huge Bat Symbol in his chest that is very much like the one seen in the graphic novel. In fact, those who were lucky to attend SDCC '14 this year caught a glimpse of the teaser footage shown in Hall H (which leaked online as well), which saw Affleck donning the Armored Batman suit that was featured in the final part of the Dark Knight Returns storyline and confronting Henry Cavill's Superman amidst a rainy city and a Bat-symbol shining in the sky.
Looks like the references and direct influence Frank Miller's work has on the upcoming movie is going to be strong too, as a new report by Badass Digest suggests that Ben Affleck will indeed play a veteran Batman, one who has a decorated career as a vigilante and has lost a Robin during his years of crimefighting.
According to the article and as seen in Comic Book.com, this Batman is "still an urban legend, a creature of the night, and no one has ever taken his picture. But he's had plenty of adventures, and the Batcave includes a memorial centered around a tattered Robin costume."
The memorial display in the Batcave is a direct nod to The Dark Knight Returns, and if Bats has lost a Robin, it would most certainly be his second ward and sidekick, Jason Todd, who was killed off in the 80's by The Clown Prince of Crime himself, The Joker. Years later, Jason would be resurrected and would take on the role of the Red Hood, a persona that has carried over to The New 52 universe as well. However, how this is adapted for Batman v Superman remains to be seen. It's still in the early stages of filming, but Ben Affleck's Batman is certainly separating itself from the Nolanverse Batman that was personified and brought to life by Christian Bale in The Dark Knight Trilogy.
Also featured is a video by YouTube user Samuel Otten that shows Affleck on the set of BvS as Bruce Wayne, with streaks of grey that signify that he is indeed older.
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is scheduled to be released on May 6, 2016.