Batman has had many incarnations in cinema. Starting from Adam West all the way down to Ben Affleck, there is no doubt that the suit has evolved over the years. The Batsuit is just as iconic as the character of Batman himself. The suit is the identity of Batman and is what Bruce becomes every single time that cowl is lowered over his head. The Batsuit is definitely a key element to the heart and soul of Batman.
Recently, Zack Snyder has released this picture of the “Batfleck” for the new Justice League movie:
Some will love it, some will hate it. Such is the way that it goes for all fandoms. Debates will rise and fall every time a character undergoes a costume change. The question on the podium is, “what is the best Batman outfit?” Well on film, it’s pretty easy to come up with a list (I couldn’t imagine doing it with comics).
Now, this is definitely subjective to each person, so don’t maul me if I don’t pick yours, but the best outfits for me are the following:
- The Dark Knight Rises
For me, this is the greatest Batman suit on screen so far. What I admire about this suit is the modular and ergonomic design. Also, the jet black color of the suit with the bronze belt is SICK and really worked well together. Now THIS is a suit that I would expect a crime fighter to wear out at night. Now, this is definitely not comic accurate, but one cannot really expect everything to be lifted out of the comics perfectly. The New 52 and DC Rebirth Batman suit looks cool drawn but it can’t really be expected that it would look great in real life on screen. The Nolan adaptation was realistic and gritty and this Batsuit not only worked in that sense, but it did not lose any sense of splendor. Whoever did the production/costume design, kudos to you!
- Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice
I will admit, this suit took some time to grow on me. At first, I really hated the texture of it and the smaller ears. But I started to get an appreciation for it. For a comic adaptation/inspiration from The Dark Knight Returns, this is seriously some top notch work. I really admire the craftsmanship that must have gone into this one during its design and construction. I also really liked the fact that it sparked and that all aspects of it were bulletproof despite it looking like cloth, the material kind of reminded me of the Daredevil suit that Charlie Cox wears which was awesome. It was a pleasant surprise to see that in his fight scenes and the suit really accentuates the muscles Ben Affleck gained for this role. It adds to the intimidating presence of Batman.
Now this is just my bias, but the first Batman film that really stuck with me was Keaton’s and his suit was great. Now, asides from the glaring flaw of not being able to turn his head (which was also a problem in Batman Begins hahaha) this suit for its time is incredible. 20 years after the Adam West Batman suit we as an audience are shocked with this new one. This is the pivotal suit which I believe is a source of inspiration for all the others. Is it the best suit? No, but it definitely, in my opinion, deserves a lot of respect for being the first of its kind. An actual Batman suit that looks great on camera and not just carbon copied from the comics.
What do you think is the best Batsuit portrayed on screen? Disagree? Agree? Let us know!