Exclusive: Our Own Ben Affleck as Batman Concept Art

Everyone is talking about Batman vs. Superman (or Man of Steel 2). Controversial casting choices (Ben Affleck as Batman, Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman), complaints of too many characters, who are the villains, is this just a Justice League movie, rampant and speculative rumors being reported as facts, etc. Of all the chatter surrounding DC’s first real attempt at laying the ground work for a Justice League movie, the one that’s captured my imagination has been talk on the costume that Ben Affleck will wear.
As fans, we’ve heard rumors of suits ranging from the armored look of Dark Knight Returns or Kingdom Come, something closer in tone to Jim Lee’s New 52 design, to a Lee Bermejo inspired costume (from the graphic novels Joker and Noel). Artists on websites like deviant art, have given us their take on what Batfleck will look like on-screen next to Superman. DKN has posted several of these on the site, our Facebook page, twitter and our tumblr blog. I figured it was about time for us to offer our own take on the future appearance of the big-screen Dark Knight.
Based purely on speculation and my hope that we’ll get a costume that’s functional and truer to the comic books, I give you my rendition of Ben Affleck as Batman:
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I like the idea of the Bermejo suit design, especially after unlocking the costume in the video game, Batman: Arkham Origins. While my absolute favorite “real world” design is probably the one in the game itself, the Noel design captures the palette and enough of the armored tactical look while still feeling very much like the comic book. This piece is just a smaller part of a triptych image featuring the DCU cinematic Trinity (Cavil, Gadot and Affleck) that I am working on. Hopefully, I’ll be able to debut that here on DKN.com later this month before principal photography of the film begins in February.
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Carlos Cabaleiro

Carlos Cabaleiro

Carlos Cabaleiro illustrator+designer+storyteller I grew up just outside of New York. The eldest of three talented siblings; fascinated by my imagination and superheroes. Relocated to Florida and attended Miami International School of Art and Design. Worked as a freelance graphic designer to pay the bills. Somewhere along the way, I ended up taking a detour and now I'm back to making a living from my talent. Back and better than ever, I'm making my way in the world armed with my imagination, skill, talent, determination and the love and support of my fiancee, Kristina, and my family and friends. I now reside in Central Florida and share my studio with my sidekick, Grayson the dog wonder (he doesn't draw but he likes to keep me company). I am influenced by Bruce Timm, Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez, Michael Golden, Egon Schiele, Leonardo D'vinci, Alex Ross, Wally Wood, Carl Banks and Don Newton. I focus primarily on illustration dealing with all things fandom, with a strong focus on sequential storytelling (storyboards, comics). I've worked for clients such as Ocean Drive magazine, Bacardi advertising and High Impact Comics. A HUGE Batman fan. I get excited for DC Comics, anything by Bruce Timm and Paul Dini, James Robinson, FX's Justified and really cool action figures. I love to read and mostly lean towards fantasy or classics. Some favorites are: Dresden Files series by Jim Butcher, Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde, anything by Edgar Allan Poe, Raylan Givens short stories by Elmore Leonard and my all-time favorite, Dracula by Bram Stoker.
  • Kristina Louise

    I love it!