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First look at Commissioner Gordon, early Flash costume designs and more DC news

A lot happened this weekend

Between the first official look at J.K Simmons’ Commissioner Gordon, a look at the Flash’s early costume and some stand-alone Batman rumors, there was quite a bit of DC news that spilled out this weekend.

To celebrate Batman day, Justice League director Zack Snyder released a photo of Simmons in costume as Commissioner Gordon, standing on a rooftop beside the iconic Bat-Signal. In the photo below, Gordon can be seen wearing the all-familiar hat, glasses and sporting the mustache that has become intrinsic to his character.

According to reports, the scene doesn’t just involved Gordon talking to Batman. In the moments that follow Gordon flashing the Bat-Signal, other superheroes like the Flash also appear on the rooftop, willing to lend their hand and save Gotham. Snyder hasn’t said too much about Gordon’s role in the film, but Simmons involvement was announced this past March.

That may be a bit tough to see in the Twitter embed, so here’s a bigger look. Enhance:

J.K. Simmons looking very film noir, as Commissioner Gordon

Gordon wasn’t the only character that we got to see in full costume, though. Design firm Ironhead Studio released a new image of costumes for the Flash and Cyborg that were supposed to be used in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice but didn’t end up making the theatrical or director’s cut.

The costumes, which can be seen below, were supposed to be used for a couple of different scenarios, according to Flickering Myth. The Flash costume (left) was supposed to make its debut during the Dark Knight’s dream sequence in Batman v Superman, while the Cyborg costume seen on the right was the original concept for the character’s role in Justice League.

Both designs ended up being passed over for the ones that can be seen in the trailer for Justice League, but this studio was also the costume company that designed Batman’s suit for Snyder’s universe.

The last rumor from the DC universe that came out this weekend also focused on the caped crusader. According to The Wrap’s Umberto Gonzales, the stand-alone Batman movie won’t take place entirely in Arkham Asylum as was previously suggested. Instead, it appears that while a good portion of the movie will occur within the sanitarium walls, Gotham will also play a crucial role.

This shouldn’t be too surprising considering that Deathstroke was recently announced as one of the film’s main villains. In the small confirmation video that Affleck posted on Twitter of Joe Manganiello playing Deathstroke, the actor was in full costume and, unless the villain was the cause of a major riot at the asylum, it wouldn’t make sense for him to be in full gear.

Still, it does look like Arkham Asylum will still play a role in the film for those that wanted to see a Batman movie within the cinematic universe take place behind those infamous walls.

The stand-alone Batman movie is slated to be released in 2018, but DC fans won’t have to wait that long to see the Dark Knight on the screen again. Snyder’s Justice League hits theaters Nov. 17, 2017.

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