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

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

Batman vs Superman Interview 5 Batsuits We Might See in Batman vs. Superman

[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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Batman vs Superman Delayed to 2016 5 Batsuits We Might See in Batman vs. Superman

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. Use them all

  2. David Dychko

    The animated series one with cgi white eyes.

    • TOTALLY Agree! It’s time to make him look mysterious with white eyes… (plus it will be easier for the make up department)

  3. 1 or 2

  4. “artificially-brightened eyes”. Yes please!! I grew up watching Batman TAS so that to me is the definitive take on batman. The suit there is seems most similar to the batman inc design or Jim Lee’s design so either would be fantastic.

  5. I always liked the suit from year 100…but that would look silly. Hope they go for the miller suit.

  6. Well, Kevin Smith said that the suit doesn’t have bat nipples. I think the concept art that leaked and the concept art that showed a rendering of Affleck’s profile would be best. AC suit.

  7. I don’t like any of them.

    • Looking for something in all black?

  8. Jr Johnson

    4th

  9. I’d like Greg Capullo’s Batsuit from New 52. Good mix of modern and classic traditions for Batman.

    Cloth works for TV Shows or for heroes like Spider-Man, but for Batman cloth only suits the realm of cartoons.

    Have some theatrical twist to the armor though, and don’t make him so reliant on the armor to protect himself. Batman is a strategist who works well off of fear first, preparing for the battle is something to fall back on.

    I’d imagine him starting out with the New 52 suit to see how it holds up against Superman. Then, maybe, he’ll come back for Round 2 with the Dark Knight Returns armor.

  10. 4 Traditional

  11. Batman Beyond

    • god damn thats sexy

    • Christopher Michael Grant

      INIT f*** ORIGINAL BATMAN NOW BRING THE TRUTH THIS IS THE BATMAN OF THE FUTURE LITERALLY LOL

    • Giovanni Beyond Mino

      omg is this real or fan made???

    • Giovanni Beyond Mino

      the nano suit its the only way to fight MOS

  12. The classic grey with black gloves, boots, cape, and cowl, but NO underwear on the outside. Just keep it grey the same way superman is just blue with no undies.

    And Batman’s suit will be light armor. It will never be just cloth, especially going up against superman.

  13. I want to see the classic grey/blue suit! Am I the only one?

  14. If I had to pick…the first one but they all look too plain Jane.

  15. Why would Thomas Wayne costume be there?

    • Just off the top of my head probably something to do with the article speculating on diverse incarnations of the Batsuit that they may draw inspiration from for a new design that we haven’t seen before.

  16. Josh Turner

    Jim Lee’s New 52 re-design, or Lee Bermejo’s Batman Noel would be freaking amazing.

  17. Jim lee´s design? with trousers? really?
    I´d go with No.4: Batman Inc.

  18. The one that came to see Caiden lol

  19. Chris Overgaard Nielsen

    Number four, definetly!

  20. I like the less is more suits. Batman is a martial arts master he doesn’t need a huge layer of body armor. Insulated boots and gloves for impact and a Kevlar vest. Black and Grey coloring.

  21. Justin Leach

    The first one

  22. How do you get a larger view of the suit mock-ups on the front page? The in-slide ones aren’t as good.

  23. I don’t want to see any batsuit that has an Afflec in it

  24. The fourth, looks more like the classic batman costume

  25. 4th or maybe 5th

  26. I think the Jim Lee costume will be a great idea..

  27. As long as it’s NOT Flashpoint, I’ll take any costume from the Batman fashion gallery…
    Though I just need one thing: White CGI eye! I’m really tired of looking at the black eyeliner used in the past Batman live action. Make-up wise, it’s time consuming as well, plus it doesn’t make sense cause he couldn’t simply take his mask off easily without revealing a… Panda face.

  28. I think a mix of the New 52 suit & the Noel suit would be the absolute best.

  29. The Jim Lee costume shown here was the template that Sandy Collora used for his excellent “Batman: Dead End” fan film (if you’ve not seen it, shame on you). Clark Bartram played The Dark Knight in that and he’s built like house which was needed to pull off the material look. Affleck just isn’t big enough.
    I’m hoping for something like the Arkham Asylum/City/Origins look.
    Definitely needs the eyes whitened too.

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