Batman - Shot by the M Monochrom!

This afternoon, film director Zack Snyder tweeted a picture (full size) of Ben Affleck ("Batfleck") as Batman next to the Batmobile - as taken by the Leica M Monochrom. We're betting the overdose of matte black on scene was stunning... Unfortunately, the EXIF info is empty - and doesn't reveal the location of the Bat Cave.


What's interesting about this tweet is the mention of the Leica M Monochrom camera. Up until now, there has been no connection between Zack Snyder and Leica cameras; and even if there were... Why mention it? While there's probably no better camera currently in production that's more suited for the task of capturing these dark, monochrome shots, it had to be known this tweet would go viral. Clearly a product placement by Leica Camera. Of course, Leica is no stranger to Hollywood with their Cine line, a prominent Leica Store L.A. location or the fact that many celebrities like to be seen with a Leica.

Fast facts:

The Leica M Monochrom was introduced on May 10, 2012 at a special event in Berlin. Its design is based on the M9 and shares almost all of its attributes. What makes this camera special - and so perfectly suited for this task - is that the sensor only captures black and white images. It has no bayer filter array in front of the 18MP sensor, meaning it can capture more light (up to ISO 10,000) - but cannot capture color. Because of this, the base ISO is 320, nearly double that of typical digital cameras, if not triple. It also means there is no need for demosaicing (the process of combining color information from adjacent pixels), so higher levels of resolution and detail are realized.

Here's another shot of the Batmobile (click for larger):


If nothing else, and if you care - the above pictures seem to confirm this photo of a Batmobile model that's been circulating: