'Batman vs. Superman' Armored Batsuit and Shooting Location Info

Friday, 24 January 2014 09:42 Written by  Jordan DeSaulnier
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'Batman vs. Superman' Armored Batsuit and Shooting Location Info

The delay of Batman vs. Superman by almost a year has done nothing to stem the tide of rumors, speculation, and tiny suspect info-nuggets from the 2016 Man of Steel sequel.

Today brings more unsubstantiated bits regarding the slugfest that tees up a big DC universe.  We've got more rumors regarding the batsuits (yes, plural) Ben Affleck will sport as Batman, as well as pictures of an architecturally distinctive possible shooting location that Zack Snyder's been exploring.  Also, guess which Marvel Studios movie has slid into the summer 2015 release date initially staked out for Batman vs. Superman.

Okay, we all know pretty much what Henry Cavill's Superman will look like thanks to last summer's Man of Steel.  And we know so little about Gal Gadot's involvement as Wonder Woman that it's a mystery whether she'll even appear in costume over the course of this sequel.  So that leaves Batman.  So far, there's been no shortage of costume design scuttlebutt, with Affleck's longtime pal Kevin Smith and even his wife Jennifer Garner chiming in vaguely on the new batsuit.

From what everyone's heard, the assumption at this point is that Snyder and company are taking their cues from DC superstar artist Jim Lee's approach for Affleck's Dark Knight.

In a largely speculative column over at Latino Review, though, there's word that Affleck might also wear an armored batsuit ideal for trading punches with a Kryptonian.  According to Marvelous Dave,"The more interesting thing I’ve heard is that Batman will actually wear 2 batsuits in the film, but where as Grey-and-Blue has already been designed and Affleck has worn it, the second Batsuit is more armored like the one in the Dark Knight Returns and Kingdom Come comics. I bring this up, because this rumor seems a bit more expected in a movie where Batman fights Superman, because: of course, Batman would die without an armored suit."

El Mayimbe chimes in, "According to the source, the plating is silver/white. The plates are attached to a black undercloth. The plates doesn’t cover his entire body. We see the black undercloth at the joints. Supposedly, it looks incredible. Equally, or maybe even better-looking than the other suit and it’s leagues above and beyond Bale’s suit from what I’m told."

Take all that with a grain of salt.  Or just accept it at face value.  Far be it for us to tell you how to process possibly spurious data.

Moving on, Batman vs. Superman is preparing to commence production in Michigan by this May, after initially planning to begin principal photography in the first quarter of 2014.  The as-yet untitled sequel will be shooting in and around Detroit.  Today brings a clue as to a possible shooting location, thanks to a tweet from Michigan State Athletic Director Mark Hollis, who shared a picture of himself, Snyder, and Michigan State basketball coach Tom Izzo.

The trio are hanging out in the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum.  And hey, maybe Snyder was taking the day off to absorb some art, but the coolness of the building itself suggests that it might make for a nice Metropolis locale.  Take a look, thanks to HenryCavillOnline:

Finally, Warner Bros. announced a week ago that its springboard to a shared DC cinematic universe won't arrive in theaters until May 6, 2016.

It was only a matter of time before some other would-be blockbuster sidled into Batman vs. Superman's old July 17, 2015 release date.  Turns out the summer movie doing the sidling is, in fact, Ant-Man, the first entry in Phase 3 of the Marvel Studios master plan.  Edgar Wright's Marvel movie starring Paul Rudd and Michael Douglas has moved up from its July 31st debut to July 17th.

So there you have it.  Check back for more tiny morsels of info on Man of Steel 2.

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