How to ruin Batman with one photo

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Batman doesn’t kill people. So why does his new car showcase a hood-mounted machine gun?

Last night, the director of Batman v. Superman, Zack Snyder, revealed the first clear look at the new batmobile, designed exclusively for his upcoming film. It takes a sharp turn in a disappointing direction for the caped crusader, downgrading Batman from a genius detective to a rich bro with a tank.

Over the past decade, we’ve seen variations of the batmobile in Christopher Nolan’s films. Batman’s bike, tumbler, and plane riffed on the idea of mobility rather than lethality. Batman’s transportation had the singular purpose of closing the gap between point A and B, A being villain and B being Batman.

Now, imagine the the iconic showdown in The…

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