Zack Snyder, director of Batman vs Superman, gave fans a taste of the upcoming super-flick when he tweeted an image of star Ben Affleck suited up as the Dark Knight alongside the all-new Batmobile – but why is Batman so glum?
On Tuesday, fans got their first look at ‘Batfleck’, through an image Snyder shot himself using his Leica M Monochrom.
Snyder will write and direct the film, which is due for release in summer 2016, and the casting of Affleck in the role of Batman alongside Henry Cavill’s Superman has already been called into question by the online community.
Fans on Twitter and image-sharing site Imgur immediately began to weigh in on the critique of Batman’s new look – from the big logo to the tiny ears – but the focus soon shifted to the sad expression on Affleck’s face and his downtrodden pose.
We all know this troubled orphan has a lot to be sad about, and the internet has quickly drummed up some memes to give ‘sad Batman’ some context, with reference to Affleck’s previous comic-book hero portrayal as Daredevil, his friendship with Matt Damon, and fellow morose meme-star Keanu Reeves.