This is not a traditional segment on The Bible of Zack Snyder, but it’s worth mentioning as a part of the director’s vision. This past week the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions of the acclaimed WB videogame, Batman Akrkham Knight, recieved the “Batman v Superman 2016” costume pack for both the playable Batman character and his batmobile, which is only available in select racing and mission modes.
The DLC is cosmetic and doesn’t add anything to the actual game; but the craftsmanship around bringing Ben Affleck’s ripped and physically intimidating Batman to the digital frontier is nothing short of amazing. The texture on the suit matches the same rough and worn textures as seen in high quality photos of the costume, designed by Michael Wilkinson. The in-game costume is perfect in every way and, in my opinion, is the only costume worth using to those who are looking to replay the game, or to those are still waiting on a price drop to pick it up.
Thanks to the photo-mode, a pretty much standard feature in Warner Brothers games at this point, players are allowed to take breathtaking photos in action of the costume, with the gorgeous engine used for the game acting to enhance the visual experience.
The most interesting part about the costume is our look at Batman’s cape from the film, which doesn’t really have the triangular ends as Batman traditionally has, but instead his cape is a bellowing and war-torn dress that, like the Batman in Zack Snyder’s film, has seen better days.
The Batmobile is a beast of a machine, and roars to life in such a way that would send chills down the spines of even the most hardened criminal scum. It would be wonderful to see an entire game that takes place in the Zack Snyder infused DC universe, but until then this costume pack is a must own, and who can beat the price? The price being…free!
I found myself goofing off in photo mode with this costume more than I did playing the actual game, it’s just that amazing. It is also worth noting that the costume from The Dark Knight Returns was released for the game over the summer, and while Snyder’s costume clearly draws definite inspiration from it, the colors and contours on Snyder’s costume emphasize Affleck’s figure in a more complementing way, and the gray is much lighter, with slight differences to the ears and eye designs over the cowl, as well as the “fat bat” symbol, with the wings on Snyder’s being more pronounced.
Top: Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
Bottom: The Dark Knight Returns
(both captured on my PlayStation 4)
Do you own the BvS costume pack, and if so how have you been using it in your game?