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

Published 11 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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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. Watch this whol ething get screwed up and they introduce a spin on the Batman Beyond suit. lol

  2. 4 is the best and the most fitted option, or 2

  3. Guys… This is not a joke. Our Singaporean, normal citizen, with the, close to our favorite super hero name, Batman Bin Superman, has just been caught by the arm of law due to theft, housebreaking and drug offences… I guess all these ideas of promoting this movie of Batman Vs Superman, has drive him crazy to commit a crime that he swear to vanquish from this planet earth. So please Mr Producer, could you expedite this movie and put the misery out of him? Thank you.

    • I dont know who you are but you just became my favorite person on the internet, ever!

  4. how about the armored batman suit he used in the court of owls storyline

    http://www.dadsbigplan.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/batman-9-bat-iron-man.jpg

  5. Bring back The suit from Batman returns

    • I agree, it’s about time we have another Batman that can’t turn his head left or right.

      • 555

  6. None of them, I doubt an actual cod piece will be in any of them now.
    Don’t look right. But definitely black and gray is the way forward

  7. the batsuit teased in the upcoming “Gothtopia” crossover looks like all those options combined, with a bit of arkham origins thrown in. Without all the superfluous stitching and piping, i think that’d work best in the context of the Man Of Steel universe.

  8. how about an AzBat? that would be nice to see in the movie!

    • ABSOLUTELY…. I’ve been waiting to see an Animated KnightFall movie for a LONG time… I figured it would be a perfect way to push Bane during DKR, but alas it didn’t happen. I’ve been dying to see Jean Paul Valley, the Azrael suit, Bane’s childhood in the prison, the Order of St Dumas, the “System”, the entire thing. IMO, the next Batman show after “Beware the Batman’s” cancellation should due the whole story, beginning to end. They could get a couple seasons out of it easily.

  9. Once again this writer is obsessed with Frank Miller’s “The Dark Knight Returns”. I don’t think this “fight” is going to be that long. In TDKR, Superman and Batman were lifelong friends and Clark pulled his punches. In this storyline, Clark doesn’t know Bruce, I think it will probably be more along the lines of when they met in Superman: The Animated Adventures.

    • I don’t know who you are…

      But I will find you…And Bro-fist you

      • That sounds painful.

  10. I say go with grass roots, classic style Jim Lee, with the exception of body armour, the KISS rule applies.

    • I think a high tensile light weight polymer suit is more credible and technologically awesome than the bulky armour suits they have been going with.

      • Since it’s more sci-fi, just use a heavier fabric that is supposed to be bullet proof or something. Doesn’t need to be so realistic.

        I’m not at all a fan of fake muscles though, but I guess it could be used to make the costume look more intimidating. In that case an exaggerated musculature would make sense, and making it grey would make it more visible.

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      • I’m assuming we’ll see something very similar to the skinsuit design of the Kryptonians. It likely won’t have the scaling effect, but it will be something close to that, making it the closest to the cloth-like suits of the comics.

        As for the coloring, I’m guessing it will be something along the lines of the Gothtopia/Eternal suit — a grey one-piece with black gloves and boots, a black cowl, and black cape. They might do a light colored utility belt but I have a feeling that might be black as well to break-up the grey of the suit. I also think the grey will be darker than the Eternal suit, but will still be noticeably lighter than cowl, cape, et al.

        • Gothtopia/Eternal? Do you mean the New 52 batsuit that he’s been wearing since the DC comics reboot in 2011?

    • So, black undies?

      I don’t get the “Jim Lee” style. It looks like the classic batman outfit, with small touches here and there. Not to knock the importance of small touches, but it seems that once those are altered, it’s no longer “Jim Lee.”

      Anyway, I have to wonder not just about the underwear, but also the gloves. I’ve been trying to think of “reason’s” and “logic” for the costume. So maybe the cape and cowl are black (for cover), the eyes can turn white (to creep people out, but also can be turned off), then the boots and gloves would be black since they stick out, but if that’s the case it would make sense to make most of the arms and legs black. So then why go grey at all? I’m thinking that the bat symbol could be more prominent (really what purpose does it serve on the Nolan outfit?), so that when he opens the cape it’s somehow brighter and more prominent (maybe it can emmit a strong overpowering light).

  11. id stick with a style much like the dark knight trilogy’s batman but update it a bit since they could pay homage to that batman universe

  12. I doubt we’ll see a version that includes the gray with black underwear. It’s a dumb look and there’s a reason we’ve never seen it in a serious on screen movie. If you’re a serious man (Bruce Wayne) you’re not about to go jumping off roof tops in something that looks like underwear. And given that Zack Synder dumped that look from his Superman outfit, I don’t think he’d use it for Batman.

    I can see the gray coming in, but either the body suit is all gray or only the upper torso. We already know that the bat symbol will be the blocky Frank Miller version because of the ComicCon logo they unveiled.

    Personally I’d like it to be a darker gray body suit with the black cowl & cape. Kind of silly to try to be stealthy then wear something that is easy to see in the dark.

    • My understanding was that logo was simply used for the announcement. It’s not the official logo of the movie and doesn’t necessarily reflect what the Batsymbol will look like in the film.

  13. Any body that liked man of steel and his ridiculous new costume and honestly thinks that the new batman v superman u’s an actual sequel to man of steel aswell as thinks Ben affleck would make a good Bruce Wayne/batman is a moron at the highest caliber. Snyder right royally screwed the pooch with the dc franchise!

    • Anybody who doesn’t know “anybody” is one word…
      Anybody who doesn’t know “as well” is two words…
      Anybody who doesn’t know proper use of punctuation….

      Shouldn’t be calling other people morons, of any caliber.
      .

  14. *is

  15. it won’t be the later Jim Lee design. As good as it looks illustrated, the underwear on the outside thing is a dealbreaker. I think it will be the Lee Bermejo design only with the Bat symbol on his chest like here, Jim Lee’s bat symbol. Otherwise Lee Bermejo’s work makes more sense and could even have been confused on Kevin Smith’s part. Smith was on a hyperbole high during that web cast anyway.

  16. I would prefer the one from Flashpoint Paradox.Actually I would prefer the whole Batman from Flashpoint.

  17. WANT 5, WANT 5.

  18. I would say 4 or 5, or a mix or the two. Or maybe the cowl with no mouth showing like the knightfall one would work for me

  19. Out of these 5 Batman suits i like 3 & 4 the best. But right now, i’m SUPER stoked for this new 2014 Godzilla film. I’m such a “Kaiju” movie fan ever since i was a young kid up until now. I’m REALLY hoping this one puts the 1998 disaster to shame…!!! And by all accounts of the brief trailer i saw i think it’s right on target to do just that…!!!

  20. I just want a mask like this one http://www.batman-3d.de/wp-content/myfotos/batman-bilder/batman-scary.jpg

  21. I just wanna see batman in blue & grey or atleast black & grey why is batman confined to latex bodysuits and armour it pisses me off

  22. A mix between 4 n 5 would be great, so long as there’s no underwear showing.

  23. I hope they don’t use the Noel costume. It’s ridiculous.

  24. The suit from batman and robin with the bat nipples

  25. NO UNDER PANTS ON EITHER SUIT DAMN IT! SO SICK OF THAT DISGUSTINGLY OLD CONCEPT…

    • really damn s*** concept?? then uderwear on pants just like was superman…now this doing another s***.

  26. what this suit??? need more adv suit than in Nolan movies…. well .. ok.. in 1st scene this suit improved suit .. thats good idea

    • then uderwear on pants just like was superman…now this is another s***… uderwear pants in movie

  27. I’m all excited to see the new batman outfit…but I also understand they’ll be “tweaking” the superman outfit…I don’t think it includes the dreaded underwear but it might look something like this:

    http://www.co2comics.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/superman_new_52.png

    that design follows what we’ve seen from the new superman which I like….the difference is this version has a higher neck line which looks similar to Jor-El’s suit during the film…with the inclusion of the red belt, a change in the cuff area and maybe a change in the material…if they follow that illustration Superman will look even more badass, evolved and as they hinted “tweaked”

    Matter a fact the entire Justice League should look like the adaptations here:

    http://www.rockincomics.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/justice_league__new_52____wide_by_alenintendo-d5rp794.jpg

    Except for cyborg (which will be the rock I hope)…all the other members would look rad on the big screen

  28. Okay so whoever decided to add the 1966 batsuit is retarded,let me ask you why in tye world would this suit even be considered as a maybe suit,the dawn of a new day isn’t adding one of the worst suits. But i like the rest.just remove the 1966 because thats just a stupid wishful thinking choice. Whats sad is that probably the worst and useless statement about his jew suit is floating around the internet. “the bat suit will have no nipples” when i read this i laughed,really?…we must really have a lack of info on his suit to resort to his nipples

  29. 5 would be great .. if that deep grey….. all need deep color just like man of steel ..Superman