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

Published 8 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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Batman vs. Superman will hit theaters on July 17, 2015.

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  1. Probs the 1st one thats legit af

  2. They all look great. I’m sure the people trying to make it work will do their best but alas, they have to be made for the weary Batfleck.

  3. Am I the only one who likes David Finch’s Batman costume?

    • Of course you’re not.

    • Nope. I love that suit too. It will look great on screen.

  4. I’d love to see a grey/blue suit with no briefs (underwear on the outside should never be allowed in a movie). Regarding the slideshow, I love the Batman Incorporated suit. Not a big fan of overly long ears or really small ones. Some medium-sized ones like in Nolan’s movies are just right.

  5. They are all gay!!!

  6. Batman: Noel is my No.1 Pick!!!

  7. like the first one

  8. A grey suit would be interesting to see. I’m mostly interested in what the Batman symbol (Bat) will look like, if it’s the one being used for the Batman VS Superman logo shown from Comic Con, it needs some work. And going back to the original one would be kind of lazy.

    • Fair Point, mate

  9. 3rd from the left.

  10. Noel, new 52, or flashpoint…all great choices, even earth 2 batman for something different but I swear that suit BETTER NOT BE BLUE! I’ve had enough with batfleck already and no offense to Jim lee he designed the new 52 suit But always have and always will hate any of the suits that have blue in them ( including Adam west’s)

  11. ……yawn

  12. Ive seen it, the suit is a mix between Batman Inc. and Jim Lee’s Batman, it looks great.

  13. one word ….NOEL

  14. If Affleck’s not wearing bright blue and gray with a cape that goes to the waist of his Bat short shorts, then it’s not appropriate for him.

  15. I like the first and last ones the best.

  16. Incorporated ftw

  17. This is easy Snyder you can use this for free. Justice Leage Batman DC whatever I got ideas hire me.
    Batman-This one is so obvious BATmans gonna get his hands on one of those suits zod and his goons had and his bat gear and hes gonna come up with some s*** Afflacks ok ,Daredevil was horrable but he has a comic book background he will do justice to the charecter.
    Aquaman-The guy who played Spartacus in the laast couple of seasons. Make it the hard core more warrior Aquaman of recent.With more mythologic slant hes sort of the J.L. version of thor. I also have him and Wonder Woman working for a SHIELD like deal chasing this new guy superman.The have connection, an island full of chick warriors and a hiden race af Atlantis but nobody but them knows what their capable of.
    wonder Woman-Dont matter long as she looks right and kicks ass.
    Green Lantern-If you must use him make it Guy Garder played by Jason STATHEM.think about it, hes comic relief and by using him you have a charecter that can be killed and replaced later with no upset fans. Idris elba coul play GL in solo movies cus there so many.
    Flash-Any actor could play the part but he needs his power slowed down if he really was as fast as he supposed to be would he even be visable?IF I ever see Flash and Supes race on screen I dont know.
    LOBO-played by the Rock this would be epic, Say a ways back Zod hired a few bounty hunters to find where supes landed. Maby he dont know that Zod found him and is on earth to collect EPIC. In turn two intergalactic cop types Hawkman and Martian Manhunter!! are looking for Lobo just watch some spartacus or game of thronesfor actors for these two.EPIC Also to conside is cyborg he could be apart of the same group that Wonder Woman and Aquaman are undercover in. And his technology could be used to tie together Wayne enterprises Lexcorp and Brainiac he could be used against and then with JL.And heres your perfect Batman cast just think this over in your head for two days for u even react.A nd this is keeping with the “older BATMAN” IDEA.
    The Riddler-guy who played Jimmy on Boardwalk empire make him more serial killy and SAW like or bone collector he brings out the detective Batman.But a psyco. U seen funny games?
    Bane-that big dude that Tony Jaa fights at the end of protector f*** it!!Lean more for a middle ground between Nolands version and the comic this would make epic fight on screen.
    Catwoman-Mila Kunis. Mily Cyrus?!?!
    Penguin=Warick DAvis and Tiny Lister as Killer crock there kind of a team brains and muscle. They run the mob angle
    Nightwing-F*** Nightwing I would much rather bring AZRAEL
    Joker- I like the main bad guy in the Purge when he was talking at the peephole all I could thik was joker even tought about joseph goden levit whatever he looks and acts just like Ledger. But hes supposed to be oler right? Here it is wait for it………….Michael F******kEATON bEETLEF******JUICE HE WOULD KILL IT THINK ABOUT IT WATCH HIS OLD MOVIES DUDE IS NUTS.lastly and this is the one that will make you get up in the morning and say f the car im walking to work I feel that good.
    Alfred-Give him a british special forces 007 type back ground who swore to protect young Bruce wayne should any thing happen to his parents and probly has a bigger role in Bruce becoming bad a** batman and played by the one and only Mr.Adam West let it sink in.

    • Nobody read this.

      • +1

  18. Lynn Martin

    number 2 and 4

  19. There won’t be underwear on the outside of the suit. Point blank. Snyder said that with the superman suit and I doubt he would change his mind and make Ben wear them on the outside. Other than that I am pumped and I would be happy with a suit similar to choice number 5. One other thought I had is that the suit would be slightly altered, similar to the man of steel suit; it is still very “classic superman” but it’s got Snyder written all over it. That will be the same for this bat suit.

  20. Marlon Burgess

    The first one(armor) and the third picture (red eyes/emblem). I orgasmed.

  21. The one from the new Arkham Origins is probably the best Batsuit to date,and would work very well for a movie.Most of the other ones just look too cartoonish/unpractical for what it’s actually used for.

    • I agree!!! Look no further than Arkham Origins. The coolest of the “realistic” looking costumes to date and it looks awesome onscreen/video game. Plus, he’s doing all the aerial/acrobatic movements that we all expect Batman to do.

  22. What – no nipples?

  23. 5 is the best and most authentic, just remove the pants like superman, build up some muscle on chest, through gym and like superman shade lines on costume. this real be the classic modern and realistic version yet.

  24. The Batman: Noel look is the best. Perhaps instead of leather it can use kevlar or nomex fabric, with hardened plate inserts in some of the layered portions of the suit. That’s what I’d do if I were Batman.

  25. Im thinking more of a paramilitary armored Batman with built-in cryptonite inserts for some Superman ass kicking which allows for gadgets galore. This article is missing what Bat suit Batman actually wore in Frank Millers Dark Night when fighting Superman, it was a power armored Bat suit, not his tights!

  26. Neutral gray colors with a Utilitarian look and stark, simplistic design. There will be a thickness suggestive of aged leather. I remember a thicker “Miller” design? Looks good…

  27. I like Noel or Inc, leaning more towards Inc. It is a great mix of old and new.
    I would love to see the yellow on the belt and chest plate.
    Not everything with Batman needs to make sense, he is damn near a mythical figure.
    We do not need a second coming of the “Nolanverse.”

  28. One question, How will it hold up against dogs?

    • It’ll do fine against cats.

  29. The 4th one looks good, the rest are pretty lame

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