The Evolution of Batsuit in Two Decades

July 14, 2008 08:42:44 GMT

On July 18, the latest Batman movie 'Dark Knight' will be screened in theaters across the country, but before rushing down to see it, lets see how Batsuit has changed throughout this past 20 years.

The Evolution of Batsuit in Two Decades
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One of Batman's most recognizable items among his prized possessions in fighting crimes in Gotham City is his unique costume. It is popularly known simply as 'Batsuit'. Throughout the years, details of his Batsuit have been evolving to provide the actors who depict this superhero a distinct style as well as freedom of movement.

For the past two decades, the changes of Batman's costume can be observed from the five memorable movies, among them are "Batman", "Batman Forever", "Batman and Robin" and "Batman Begins", and of course the upcoming Christopher Nolan's "The Dark Knight". Here below, we will discuss the evolving Batsuit observed from its color tone, design and mobility issue observed from the movies.

Color Tone: Present and Past

Christian Bale as Batman in The Dark Knight (2008)

In the latest Batman movie "The Dark Knight", this most feared hero will be wearing an all-black bodysuit. The dark color covers up mostly all parts of the costume, including the bat emblem grazing the suit's chest. One part that left untouched by the color is his utility belt which is painted goldenrod.
Two Batsuits in Batman and Robin (1997)

In this coloring category, "Dark Knight" costume is overall similar to the one used by Christian Bale in "Batman Begins". But, it differs from the ones before. In "Batman and Robin", Batman has two batsuits, one is noticeably bluer in tone, while the other one is highlighted with silver lining on particular parts, including the bat emblem and utility belt.
Val Kilmer in Batman Forever (1995) and Michael Keaton in Batman (1989)

Furthermore, in "Batman Forever", the Batsuit is made in a more silvery-black color with a black utility belt. This "Batman Forever" costume is an elaboration of the Batsuit used in "Batman Returns" which has a common black color, excluding the goldenrod emblem's field and utility belt. Meanwhile, in the "Batman" film starring Michael Keaton, the costume is pretty much the moderate one. It holds a completely black tone with plain yellow color on its field bat-emblem and its utility belt.

Design: Batsuit's Metamorphosis

Apart from its color tone, the Batsuit can also be seen evolving in its design. In the forthcoming "Dark Knight", viewers will be presented with a costume design that is slightly differed from the one in "Batman Begins". The design will be observed through several categories as follows:

Batsuit in Batman Begins (2005) and The Dark Knight (2008)

Body Armor

In "Dark Knight", the batsuit will be broken into multiple pieces of armors. By that, it means that most of the bodysuit parts of Batman costume in this movie are generally separated from one another. One of the most noticeable broken down parts is Batman's cowl. If in all previous Batman movies this head dress is attached to the suit's shoulder and neck, in "Dark Knight", the cowl is cut off from the whole suit making it to work like a motorcycle helmet.


The different cowl of Batman in The Dark Knight (top) and Batman and Robin (1997)Having similar design as the one portrayed in "Batman Begins", Batman's cowl in "Dark Knight" still holds a sleeker, more rounded form. It also still shows Batman in an angry facial expression as well as the pointy ear pieces. What differentiate it from the previous Batman's cowls is the fact that it has a smoother surface than the one in "Batman and Robin", movie which was styled with compartment pattern under the ears, as well as the one in Keaton's "Batman" which is designed with a bit of curves under the ear.


The black gloves used by Batman to protect his arm is equipped with retractable scallops.Aside from the broken down armor suit and the sleeker cowl, other evolving design from Batman costume can be seen from its gauntlets. The black gloves used by Batman to protect his arm is equipped with retractable scallops. Though the design is still similar to "Batman Begins" the three scallops won't stick out all the time like the ones before. In "Batman Forever", the scallops were not separated into three pieces, instead it is designed in resemblance of a fin.


Another modified design done for "Dark Knight" Batsuit is the bat-emblem. This symbolic bat grazing across the Batsuit's chest will be smaller than the one seen in "Batman Begins". It also will hold similar pattern with the superhero's logo displayed on the poster and will still be presented in a 3-D format. In early Batman movie, "Batman" and "Batman Returns", the emblem is being portrayed like a logo silk-screened to the armored-chest of the bodysuit. But, starting from "Batman Forever" movie, it takes a more 3-D approach making it to be more recognizable.

Mobility Issue

Though generally made with the intention to provide a disguise for Bruce Wayne while doing his heroic task as well as protection, Batsuit often left the actors wearing it nearly motionless. However, it has been claimed that the new Batsuit will give Bale freedom to move due to the fact that it is made from multiple pieces of armors. Compared to the previous ones which are basically a one piece body suit, the new Batsuit will allow Batman to turn his head without having to move his upper torso while wearing his full costume.


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posted by The Tosh on Aug 21, 2009
The coolest suits were from Batman Forever and the first one from B&R. Maybe except for the nipples. I have the feeling some of you fanboys who think TDK is "THE GREATEST MOVIE I'VE EVER SEEN!" just feel obliged to say that the bulky mess that Bale wears is the best.
posted by Batman on Jul 22, 2009
posted by adam batman fan agen on May 16, 2009
i wanna know where they make the suit, it would be so cool! so is the latest batsuit! please someone tell mee where they make the suit, pleasee ??
posted by adam the super batma on May 16, 2009
the new batman suit is so cool, i wish i had 1 with the mask, i wish i had everything of batman's, i love batman!
posted by mcloven on Aug 20, 2008
does anyone else think that The Dark Knight is the best movie ever
posted by batman on Aug 19, 2008
dark knight, what are you doing? I missed it
posted by darkknight on Aug 03, 2008
by the way anyone who cares i am going to actually go through with this it seems i am actually going to do it and i am going to need some help this is no joke anyone who can help feel free
posted by batman on Jul 23, 2008
posted by batman on Jul 23, 2008
Does anyone actually know who or where they actually make the batsuit?
posted by Joe Dick on Jul 20, 2008
Insane Boy is one of those losers who is "always on". I bet he thinks that popular music distracts people from more serious issues! ha ha
posted by Ratfarts on Jul 15, 2008
Insane Boy is a fag.
posted by WILLY THE IMPEACHED on Jul 15, 2008
Pound salt insane wussy boy. We r what we r. And by gosh its much much better than u.
posted by Insane Boy on Jul 14, 2008
WOW, there`s a war in Irak and Afganistan, children dying in Africa, drug abuse all over the States and all you worry about is the evolution of the batman suit. No wonder Americans are what they are
posted by KC on Jul 14, 2008
What about the Adam West costume! Spandex, baby!
posted by cool_guy on Jul 14, 2008
the new batsuit is so coolll! wish i have one 4 my next halloween!
posted by Boldie on Jul 14, 2008
omg.. he looks hottt!
posted by dark lord on Jul 14, 2008
you didn't mention "Batman Returns" batsuit. it's different from the one used in "Batman".
posted by Bruce Wayne on Jul 14, 2008
Batsuit sucks! I can't even see my muscles and.. the suit.. it's too tight!
posted by Blossom on Jul 14, 2008
Haha KC .. in 2 decades = 20 years. Adam West's movie is in 1966 - i haven't born yet and neither is modern technology!

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