Ben Affleck as BATMAN Character Concept Art Allegedly Surfaces

An image hit the fan forums this morning claiming to be concept art of Ben Affleck as Batman in the upcoming Batman vs. Superman movie.

The art reportedly first appeared on the Comic Art House Facebook page, but has since been removed.

Is it real or fake? Let’s break down the evidence.

Fans claiming it’s real note that the art comes from Steve Scott, a comics artist who works in the TV and film industry, and who is known to be affiliated with Christopher Nolan, producer of the upcoming super hero flick. Scott worked with Nolan on Warner Bros. and DC Comics’ adaptation to the 2008 Batman movie The Dark Knight. The document header details also look pretty legitimate, but then the other details are where questions arise.

The style sheet contains notes on it, such as “No bat nipples!” — a reference to the controversial costume designs used during director Joel Schumacher’s movie series run. It also adds, “Ben wants no bat nipples.”

However, Russ Burlingame over at ComicBook.com brings up a great counter-argument to this theory: “That probably really doesn’t need to be stated, and we can’t imagine it showing up on an actual internal document for Warner Bros. It kind of screams ‘I’m having some fun with you here!'”

Knowing how Hollywood works, it could also be a kind of audition piece for Scott, who’s looking to work on the film’s costume designs or another comic book adaptation.

Like with all good super hero films, the truth will eventually be revealed at some point in the future. Until then, let us know: Do you love it or hate it?