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Breaking Down JUSTICE LEAGUE’s Tactical Batsuit

DC Comics fans would almost assuredly be Blue Lanterns in Geoff Johns‘ lantern spectrum introduced in the pre-Blackest Night comics, because the Blue Lanterns’ power comes from hope. Despite the three films in the DC Extended Universe so far being problematic at best, we still wait on tenterhooks for the next movie, with the possibility of it being good and finally lifting the stigma on the franchise. And maybe our hope is paying off! Zack Snyder himself tweeted out a highly intriguing photograph of Batman‘s new Tactical Batsuit from Justice League and we’re breaking it down on today’s Nerdist News!

Ben Affleck‘s portrayal of Batman was one of the few true highlights of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and his search for new heroes is at the center of Justice League and the footage we’ve seen so far. But he’s not just the Nick Fury of this team; he also will have some action to take care of, some tactical stuff evidently. The Tactical Batsuit makes its debut in this universe and in this image. While the suit itself looks mostly similar to his regular suit, save for some more defined padding — actually hearkening back a bit more to The Dark Knight trilogy — it’s the helmet and goggles that stand out here. In that they look almost exactly like those worn by Nite Owl in Snyder’s film version of Watchmen.

Here is visual proof:

Nite Owl is a character based on Blue Beetle, who was himself a Batmanish character, in Alan Moore’s revisionist history of superheroes, so it’s not all that strange a concept. However, it’s definitely curious as to why they’d pick such a similar design for a similar character. Is it a reference to his own 2009 film? Does he even understand the irony of basing a Batman suit on a suit worn by a character that sort of skewers the old regime of superheroes? With Snyder there’s really no telling.

And yet, I remain optimistic, because I love the characters, I love the casting, and I love the prospect of GOOD DC Comics movies. I am, at heart, a Blue Lantern. Are you a Blue Lantern, or have you gone full Red Lantern on this pic? Let us know in the comments below!

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Images: Warner Bros

Kyle Anderson is the Associate Editor for Nerdist. He writes the weekly look at weird or obscure films in Schlock & Awe. Follow him on Twitter!

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