They say that a picture is worth a thousand words, and that has certainly been the case with Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice. Boasting a brand new take on Batman and Wonder Woman, it’s been known for some time that the film would also feature a change in color and style from the Superman suit debuted in Man of Steel. Despite Zack Snyder and Henry Cavill’s best attempts to keep the new suit under wraps, the first full-color image of it has appeared online.
Although Snyder has already revealed the full costumes for Ben Affleck’s Batman and Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman, it’s the director’s love of color-shifting, black and white, and sepia that has kept many fans in suspense. Although the first image of Cavill’s modified suit (par for the course when it comes to superhero films) possessed the most color out of the three, the first set photo shows that Snyder heard fan complaints loud and clear.
If audiences appreciated the change in comic book canon – Kal-El’s costume is actually traditional Kryptonian garb – but felt that the red, blue and yellow of Man of Steel‘s suit were too dull or muted, then Dawn of Justice will set those issues to rest.
The teaser footage shown at SDCC 2014 seemed to show a more vibrant Supersuit, and that is definitely the case. With a red and yellow logo that can be seen for miles in all directions, and a brighter, more classic blue, Cavill’s Superman looks to be right at home next to Affleck; both seem torn right off the comic book page. And there’s a chance that the changes matter to more than just the costume department.
When considering what changes to the costume might be in store, we pointed to “Superman: Birthright,” a graphic novel which served as an influence on Man of Steel. In that series, the brighter colors were adopted in an attempt to earn trust from humanity. With persistent rumors that Dawn of Justice will include a theme of anti-Superman sentiment, is it possible that Clark will change up his colors in an effort to combat public opinion?
It’s also clear that Cavill’s physique will be just as accentuated in the sequel, although the material looks to be a bit softer than the plastizicized-six-pack fans have come to know and love. And those fans longing for a return of his bright yellow belt may look on the set photo as a sign of compromise; the suit is still belt-less, but the brighter yellow certainly catches the eye more than the alien ridges of the suit’s previous incarnation. Perhaps the slicked hair is yet another peace offering to classic Superman purists.
Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice arrives on March 25th, 2016.