Trivia: Did you know… that actor Michael Keaton felt claustrophobic in his Batman Costume?
Batman Costumes have gone through possibly more re-incarnations than any other superhero demonstrating he is one super-hero that moves with the times! That’s not too surprising though when you consider that Batman has been around since 1939 (about the same length of time as Superman). Unlike Superman, the Batman costume has gone through the quite a lot of changes (some good and unfortunately some bad) through the decades.
Classic Batman Costumes
Have you ever dreamed of being Batman? Maybe you’re the hero Gotham didn’t know it needed! We’ve put together some examples of Batman costumes, like the one on the left, as inspiration for your very own Caped Crusader costume. Now get set to save Gotham City from its villains and turn heads! You can also add the deluxe belt and the gloves to complete the look.
Trivia: Did you know… that Batman beat DC supervillain Darkseid twice?
Kid’s Batman Costumes
Batman’s costume has evolved from a light-weight spandex suit into an armor clad and fully accessorized kit. In terms of colors, he has also changed with hues varying from light and dark greys, blues and more recently pure black. Curiously even the traditional Batman logo on his chest has also been changed drastically. Children may prefer lighter, brighter Batman costumes, while adult may like the darker, more recent costumes from the Dark Knight trilogy!
Batman Costumes: the Villains
Batman is a very particular Superhero, being the only one that doesn’t have superpowers and hasn’t been into some kind of radioactive incident. His strength comes mainly from the gadgets and weapons he carries with him. From his Bat-car, Bat-boat to whatnot, this superhero has ALL the accessories. On the other hand, some of his enemies, like Poison Ivy, do have superpowers… When it comes to Batman Costumes, Poison Ivy is a fan favourite; even celebrities have incarnated this eco-friendly villain.
Trivia: Did you know… that more and more fans reject Harley Quinn’s romance with the Joker, and want her to end up with Poison Ivy instead? That’s a great idea for a couple’s costume this Halloween!
Batman and Friends
Going back to his costume, one of Batman’s signature pieces has been his mask. The classic Batman mask has always been a rigid shape and actors have complained that it reduces the movements especially those that played in the Dark Knight. In the latest two films the mask design was modified to have a more articulated shaped neck that allowed better movement. Catwoman’s mask, as pictured on the right, is just as iconic.
Trivia: Did you know… that Michelle Pfieffer had to be vacuum-sealed into her Catwoman costume? Talk about uncomfortable!
Batman’s Nemesis: Joker Costumes
Where there’s Batman Costumes, there’s Joker costumes. Batman’s nemesis has also evolved over the years, both in film and in animated cartoons. Some might remember the original Jokers played first by Cesar Romero and then by Jack Nicholson, while others might prefer the darker iterations of the character played by Heath Ledger in The Dark Knight or by Cameron Monaghan in the TV show Gotham. Jared Leto did a rather controversial spin on the role, and Joaquin Phoenix is announced to play in a new Joker film to come. Children who grew up with the animated Batman series will probably remember Mark Hamill’s voice acting!
Your Own Batman Costume
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When we think of the Batsuit, what immediately comes to mind? Cape, cowl, giant bat logo emblazoned on the chest, and that striking yellow utility belt filled with all sorts of wonderful gadgets. It’s so iconic an image that if it were silhouetted, most people in the world would still recognize it. But like Batman himself, the Batsuit has undergone countless interpretations and re-interpretations over time. Just look at the handful of Bat movies.
Robert Pattinson is officially set to replace Ben Affleck as the in the Matt Reeves-directed standalone film The Batman. The incredibly talented director appears to have something amazing in store for Batman fans as his project is expected to feature some of the Dark Knight’s most iconic villains. Production on the project is expected to kick off early next year, meaning it might be some time before we actually get to see Robert Pattinson don his new Batsuit but some fans can’t wait that long to see how he’ll look in the costume.
No matter which film is your favourite, it’s hard to deny that the cinematic history of Batman has resulted in some amazing costumes being produced over the years. Maybe you like the industrial look of the batsuit seen in Batman Returns, maybe you can look past the nipple jokes to see just how beautiful Val Kilmer’s Panther suit was in Batman Forever or maybe you prefer the more modern outfit that Ben Affleck was poured into.
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