I swear the pun in that headline is accidental, and you’ll know that by the fact that I actually kind of enjoyed Cop Out. Anyway, point is, Smith has seen Ben Affleck in the Batman costume, and while it’s obvious the studio doesn’t want him to comment on it, asking Kevin Smith to be completely silent on hot comic-book topic is like asking Manicorns not to flaunt their stuff.
So here’s what he said about it:
“Now, I don’t want to give anything away, because that’s up to them and stuff. But I’m going to say this, man. I instantly bear hugged him. He was happy with that. You have not seen this costume in a movie on film before. It is, and for a comic book fan, it was mind bending. I was like get the f*** out of here! Only you [Zack] have enough power to pull this off, man, because everyone always does this f***ing matrixy kind of slash X-Men black armor thing. There wasn’t a single nipple on this f***ing suit, man. It was fantastic. I’m telling you as a geek I was just like … I was like this is giving me a heart attack.”
“”There’s a very [bleep]influence to it, I would say.” They [bleeped]out who it is.
At least one guy on Twitter is claiming the bleeped-out name was Jim Lee. Which would make sense, since the Superman costume seems to take several cues from him too.
Now, I don’t think nipples have actually been an issue for a long time, but one thing I really would like to see change is that black paint around the eyes that we’re all supposed to collectively agree not to notice (the magical vanishing of it in the Batman Returns unmasking scene is embarrassing).
In tangential news, I got an advance copy of the Man of Steel Blu-ray, and while it never mentions a sequel in the extras, there are subtle references to Doomsday and Lex Luthor. Could be nothing, but they’re noticeable.
In a perfect world, how would you have the Batfleck costume appear?