5 Batsuits We Might See in ‘Batman vs. Superman’

Published 10 months ago by , Updated May 13th, 2014 at 5:06 pm,

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[Update: Check out the official costume to see how our guesses fared.]

It’s the dawn of a brand new age for DC Comics fans: Man of Steel has given audiences a modern take on Superman, and Batman is next up for some reinvention. With Batman vs. Superman, director Zack Snyder will attempt to do what no longer seems possible: bring something new to a live-action Batman.

Despite Christopher Nolan’s incarnation still being fresh in everyone’s mind, Snyder’s apparently found a way to do it, with comic book guru Kevin Smith more than elated with the new Batman costume. We think we know what’s in store for fans, but let’s take a look at a few Batsuits that the filmmakers may be turning to for inspiration.

Here are 5 Batsuits We Might See in Batman vs. Superman.

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The Dark Knight Returns
Dark Knight Returns Batman Costume 5 Batsuits We Might See in Batman vs. Superman

Designed By: Frank Miller

The first Batsuit that has to be addressed is the one concocted by Frank Miller for his landmark “The Dark Knight Returns.” Since Snyder chose to unveil that Batman and Superman would come to blows in the Man of Steel sequel – via a famous monologue pulled from Miller’s story - many assumed that the film, like the comic book arc, would feature an aging and weary Batman.

Those assumptions were confirmed when Ben Affleck, 41, landed the role of Bruce Wayne/Batman. So will the costume be taking a similar inspiration? The blockier Bat-logo seen in the BvS image revealed at Comic-Con seems to suggest it…

Although Affleck is certainly not as old or worse-for-wear as Miller’s Dark Knight, he does possess the size and stature required to do the bulkier look justice – provided he adds some more bulk of his own, of course. Kevin Smith’s claim that the costume would be unlike any seen before in live-action makes this one possible, since it adheres to the fabric-only aesthetic of the comic books.

This basic style has since been iterated upon by artist Jim Lee, but the main differences between the two are more than skin-deep; will Affleck’s Batman be an older, rougher, utilitarian crimefighter? Or will he embody the sleek, mysterious grace Lee is known for? We’ll have more on that later.

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Flashpoint

Batman vs Superman Flashpoint Suit 5 Batsuits We Might See in Batman vs. Superman

Designed By: Andy Kubert

The Geoff Johns-scribed comic event dubbed “Flashpoint” may have focused on Flash’s reality-altering superspeed, but the alternate-reality version of Batman threatened to steal the show from beginning to end.

In the story, the man dubbed ‘Batman’ by authorities was not Bruce Wayne fighting to avenge the deaths of his mother and father, but Thomas Wayne, driven by the loss of his young son. Understandably, Thomas’ antihero was an embodiment of violence and anger that Bruce never approached.

Using glowing red eyes and horned shoulders to become even more terrifying than normal, there’s certainly a few cues for the Dark Knight to take for his next big screen appearance. The red eyes and firearms likely wouldn’t play with most audiences, but the more utilitarian gear and intimidating style would be a welcome change.

We’ve made our case for the serious need to make Batman scary again, and now that DC fans have had the chance to see the Flashpoint suit on the page and in motion, we think they’d agree that burning eyes and sharpened shoulders would do the trick.

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Batman: Noel
Batman vs Superman Noel Suit 5 Batsuits We Might See in Batman vs. Superman

Designed By: Lee Bermejo

Written and illustrated by Lee Bermejo, the comic book Batman: Noel casts Batman into a strange re-imagining of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol,” and into a new leather suit. The reinforced leather outfit is not only a step closer to the fabric suits of the comic books, but genuinely distinct from anything Nolan’s Dark Knight Trilogy ever attempted.

Reports have already hinted that the new Batman cowl being crafted for Batman vs. Superman bore a strong resemblance to that of “Noel,” so why would they stop there? Especially if bright yellow accents are deemed ‘impractical.’

Sure, one might argue that leather isn’t as effective at stopping bullets as full body armor; but we’d remind casual fans that Batman hasn’t survived this long thanks to the clothing he chose.

Besides the fact that the suit looks fantastic, it attempts to cast off the need for a bulky armor (that means the result will bear almost no resemblance to the Batman of the comic books or animated movies). But if Snyder wants to pursue a faithful suit, we say: go even farther.

Image Credit: ArmachamCorp on DeviantArt.

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Batman Incorporated
Batman vs Superman INC Suit 5 Batsuits We Might See in Batman vs. Superman

Designed By: David Finch

Live-action Batman movies have always featured costumes that reflected the cutting-edge of body armor (or at least a fictionalized version of it) – but in today’s world, mobility is just as important as toughness, and fabrics are far more advanced than ever before. If Snyder’s team wants to emulate the cloth feel of the comic book while still giving an impression of cutting-edge technology, the “Batman Incorporated” suit is a well-balanced design.

In many ways, this take on the suit is one of the most faithful updates on Batman’s look in recent years. With a suit – a grey suit – constructed from material not too dissimilar from Man of Steel’s Kryptonian counterpart, and the return of the yellow utility belt and chest badge, it straddles the line between classic and modern like few others, while maintaining consistantcy with the Man of Steel universe.

However, it must be said that the suit owes much of its core design to a preceding look – a look we think fans are most likely to see in live-action…

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Jim Lee
Batman vs Superman Jim Lee Hush Suit 5 Batsuits We Might See in Batman vs. Superman

Designed By: Jim Lee

Dozens of artists have made their mark on Batman over the years, but ask a serious fan, and they’ll tell you that when Jim Lee touches pencil to paper on a Batman project, the results will usually be staggering. The mixture of raw power, intimidation and a ‘less-is-more’ mentality makes Lee’s design stand above just about every other.

It’s this design that we’re convinced would elicit the reaction from Smith the director claimed (spontaneously bear-hugging Zack Snyder), since no previous film has stuck to a simple grey suit and slapped it on a musclebound man (or a large actor aided by a silicon muscle suit).

Enormous cape, form-fitting cowl, blunt horns, possibly even artificially-brightened eyes and the freedom to execute martial arts and gymnastics that Bruce Wayne should have mastered? This would bring something genuinely new to a live-action Dark Knight while staying truer than ever to the comic books.

Image Credit: Kotobukiya ARTFX Statue

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We’re merely making educated guesses, but if Snyder has chosen to mimic Jim Lee’s design for his new Batman, fans will have the chance to see something they have never before been shown: the Batman from comics and animation adapted completely into the real world.

What are your favorite variants on the standard armor? Are they ones you know you’re not likely to see anytime soon? What do you think of our top pick?

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  1. Number 5 looks the best! Or something similar would be just as good, just make the emblem black.

  2. you HAVE to be out of your mind.

    you start off by saying that the suit needs to be based in reality.. yet your “perfect suit” or the one that you deem “most likely” to appear doesn’t make sense what so ever in a real world scenario.

    batman is not just going to run around in a leotard and a cape. .. you have to be brain dead if you think that that’s what’s going to happen.

    so, this is NOT going to look anything like what we’ll see in the movie. the horns may be close, but otherwise, this design won’t see it’s way on screen.

    sorry. try again.

  3. I think it would be cool for them to do the noel design without the underwear and longer ears

  4. I’m not too worried about color as far as the suit, emblem and belt are concerned. Having said that, I must stress that it wont matter what colors they use if they put the underwear on the outside, that is just as bad as bat nipples in my opinion. I would really love to see a grey suit on the big screen but leave the black underwear at home. I’m not just talking about Batman either… Snyder did good by getting rid of that look for the first MOS movie. Here’s to hoping he doesn’t take a step back.

  5. Still think number 5 is the only real Batman look. Definitely tired of all the black on black on rubber batsuits a la Schumacher and Nolan. Of course the Nolan movies were just bad in general.

    • Speak for yourself I praise Schumacher for keeping it colortful and comicbook traditionally accurate. As for Nolan kept it realistically with Bat’s and a more believable Bane

      • Obviously, you have no concept of what Batman is.
        He’s not a “cowabunga”, pizza-eating hero.
        “Traditionally accurate”? You haven’t read a Batman comic since 1970, have you?

  6. I would like to see a mix between the Jim lee Batman and earth one for the design of the suit. For the color pallet I want the cape and cowl to be the same shade of black and have the suit be this bluish grey suit like the Noel.

  7. My picks are 1 and 5 if one could be tweeked so the belt buckle didn’t have the bat symbol. I also like the oval insignia over the plain black bat look. Most people who don’t like the oval say that it’s the last influence of the tv series on the books to die out. The oval was introduceded in 1964. The tv series didn’t hit the airwaves till 1966. Also artically speaking the look of the oval on the already dark costume is a striking image and it doesn’t lessen the dark effect imo. The Batman inc suit returned to the oval look but made it a light symbol. I’ll admit I never understood the story logic behind the light symbol but Iliked the rwturn to the look. Alao the comic based suit was a dark blue not black. If the comic has changed this. Ok but if the black coloring is movie based we need a return to greatness.

  8. We need a blue/grey Batman like #1 minus the eyebrow, like the batsuit was shown in Superfriends and in 80s cartoons and action figures. No, I’m not kidding; I’m tired of every batsuit being black. Batman was blue/grey for a long time, and blue has never been reflected in the movie depictions. If you can’t do dark and gritty without going full-blown stereotypical gothic, you have creativity problems. Dark, dark, darker is not all about what color you’re wearing unless you can only think in the most simplistic of symbolism.

  9. Flashpoint? Thomas Wayne?

    • …they did explain it. If that was too difficult for you to understand go wikipedia that s***.

  10. I would like to see going back to the orginal batman suit, black, with the black bat/yellow background emblem on it’s chest, and the yellow utility belt.I’m a person that likes to keep all comic hero the same as I was a Kid.

  11. I haven’t missed a single movie in 2013 mainly because I didn’t see a single one. Hell would freeze over before paid $12 to see a movie.

  12. We want a grey suit made out of cloth instead of black armor. There, just read that sentence 100 times, and you’ve read this article.

  13. So long as we don’t get another Nolan ninja Batman I’m okay with it.

  14. perhaps you want to add the kingdom come costume. or an amalgam of the 5 above. i think we’ll be seeing something with short ears very form fitting and not sectional plates or molded rubber.

  15. This is what I noticed when I first saw the new batman pic. I guess I should stop drinking. http://www.digitalcorpse.com/joker-2.jpg

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  17. I am not a big comic fan, but one thing I do know is, if anyone were to be punched by Superman (ie. the last picture) their head would probably explode. So why is Batman’s still there?

  18. I can’t wait for this movie to come out! I just hope that they pick a costume that will suit Batman’ role. IF we are to see a seasoned older Batman in his 40s and up, wouldn’t one assume that his costume would have some armor instead of more of a cloth style? Yes, I know this is batman, but he is afterall is said and done—still human. And in your 40s, the hits and regenerative powers aren’t that great as when they were in your teens/20s/30s… And if he is going out there to face Superman–an alien with otherwordly powers/strength/speed, wouldn’t it be safe to assume that Batman will come at him with the best armor he can get considering he can be killed with a flick of Superman’s finger or heat vision? I like Batman, but seriously, a lot of the stuff he gets away with is because people say “He’s Batman–he is super smart and strong”. It’s like religion, people just assume that he’s this super human that has an answer for anything and everything—-but he gets beat up by a clown, and a penguin….

    • Lmao. Clown and penguin. I I agree. With some of the comments above. Younger batman should be cloth for his agility and speed. As batman ages he should invest in slightly more rugged bat suit. And I did say slightly. No sen e in being bullet proof if you can’t look up (Nolan’s batman). I hope he has kryptonite ( I know they said there’s no kryptonite) still bats vs sups with no krypto is going to be hard to swallow. It might help that this version of superman is underpowered. I mean comic book superman can move earth but he struggles with that “world” machine.

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