HOLY COWL, BATMAN! MARVEL SHARES NEW PIC — BEN AFFLECK AS CAPED CRUSADER

If you were in attendance on the first day of the annual Comic-Con in San Diego — as thousands upon thousands were — you had a special if short-lived treat in store. Marvel Comics unleashed the first image of its new Caped Crusader with Ben Affleck the starring role of long-running Warner Bros. Franchise, Batman.

The first public pic of the actor/director in his new threads doesn’t reveal much, but the news was anticipated enough that outlets such as Variety lost little time in sending out email blasts heralding its arrival.

In this first image of Alleck in costume, a few small details leap off the page. First, this Batman has stubble. His cowl — more like a hood — has deep furrows just above the bridge of the nose. And speaking of the nose? It’s sharp, almost beak-like.

No question about it, Marvel and Warner Bros. are making a statement here.

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