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We Rank (Almost) Every Batsuit Ever

Joshua Lapin-Bertone

Joshua Lapin-Bertone

Feb. 19, 2020

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After months of speculation, the Batsuit in Warner Bros. upcoming The Batman film has finally been revealed! Last week, director Matt Reeves excited Batfans around the world by sharing test footage of the new Batman costume that actor Robert Pattinson will be wearing in next year’s movie. How many of you have watched the footage multiple times, pausing to look at every detail? There have been so many great Batsuits over the years, we couldn’t help but consider how this one measures up. In honor of the Pattinson suit joining the ranks of Batman’s wardrobe, let’s take a look through Bruce Wayne’s closet and rank (almost) all of his iconic attire...

 

 

21: THE BATMAN OF ZUR-EN-ARRH

 

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Notable Appearance: Batman #113 and Batman: R.I.P.

 

Notable Feature: It’s a multi-colored hot mess!

 

 

20: THE NIPPLE-SUIT

 

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Notable Appearance: 1997’s Batman and Robin

 

Notable Feature: What do you think? It has nipples! Why would Batman even put those on a costume? At what point during the design process did he decide that nipples tied the whole thing together?

 

 

19: THE NON-BATMAN BATSUIT

 

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Notable Appearance: Batman: Mask of the Phantasm

 

Notable Feature: This costume has nothing to do with bats, but it is one of the easiest costumes to cosplay in.

 

 

18: THE KILMER SUIT

 

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Notable Appearance: Batman Forever

 

Notable Feature: The costume has molded abs. No wonder Chase Meridian went wild for it.

 

 

17: THE KINGDOM COME ARMOR

 

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Notable Appearance: Kingdom Come

 

Notable Feature: More armor than outfit. One of the largest bat emblems yet, plus a killer wingspan.

 

 

16: THE BATMAN INC SUIT

 

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Notable Appearance: Batman: The Return

 

Notable Feature: This version of Batman was all about branding (No, not the Affleck kind) so the iconic yellow oval made it’s return. Speaking of Affleck…

 

 

15: THE BEN AFFLECK SUIT

 

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Notable Appearance: Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, 2016’s Suicide Squad, and 2017’s Justice League

 

Notable Feature: Love or hate Ben Affleck’s performance, you can’t deny how comic accurate that costume was. The perfect marriage of Dark Knight Returns meets Year One!

 

 

14: THE REBIRTH BATSUIT

 

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Notable Appearance: Batman: Rebirth #1

 

Notable Feature: The bat emblem has a cool shape, and a bright outline around it.

 

 

13: THE JIM GORDON BATSUIT

 

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Notable Appearance: 2015’s Batman #41

 

Notable Feature: It’s like having your own giant robot!

 

 

12: THE AZBATS ARMOR

 

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Notable Appearance: Batman #500

 

Notable Feature: Gauntlets baby! It’s all about those 1990’s gauntlets!

 

 

11: THE PURPLE GLOVES ORIGINAL

 

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Notable Appearance: 1939’s Detective Comics #27

 

Notable Feature: Curving ears and purple gloves. We’re not sure why the gloves were purple. Maybe he was working up the courage to one day do the rainbow Batman suit.

 

 

10: BATSUIT BEYOND

 

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Notable Appearance: Batman Beyond

 

Notable Feature: Sleek, simple, and it can fly!

 

 

9: THE BATSUIT WHO LAUGHS

 

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Notable Appearance: The Batman Who Laughs

 

Notable Feature: This one strikes fear in more than just criminals!

 

 

8: THE ADAM WEST BATSUIT

 

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Notable Appearance: The 1966 Batman television series.

 

Notable Feature: Short ears, so he doesn’t have to listen to Burt Ward’s Robin puns.

 

 

7: THE BATSUIT OF THE '90s

 

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Notable Appearance: Batman #515

 

Notable Feature: The trunks are gone, and the blue/grey is now a dark black!

 

 

6: THE BALE BATSUIT

 

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Notable Appearance: Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight Trilogy

 

Notable Feature: Forget tights! It’s all about the armor for this Bruce Wayne. Bonus points: he's not wearing hockey pads.

 

 

5: THE BATSUIT RETURNS

 

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Notable Appearance: Batman: The Dark Knight Returns

 

Notable Feature: A hulking bat-emblem for a huge Batman!

 

 

4: THE MODERN BATSUIT

 

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Notable Appearance: Batman: Hush

 

Notable Feature: A perfect blend of different eras, making for one of the most iconic suits.

 

 

3: THE YEAR ONE BATSUIT

 

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Notable Appearance: Batman: Year One

 

Notable Feature: A simple “do it yourself” Batsuit that feels like a cross between the Adam West outfit and the Golden Age costume.

 

 

2: THE MICHAEL KEATON BATSUIT

 

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Notable Appearance: Tim Burton’s Batman (1989) and Batman Returns.

 

Notable Feature: You can’t turn your head. Plus the bat-emblem is shaped wrong, but they fixed that for Batman Returns.

 

 

1: THE “NEW LOOK” BATSUIT

 

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Notable Appearance: Almost every comic from 1964 to 1995.

 

Notable Feature: This was the first costume to add the iconic yellow oval, which became a recognizable logo for the Dark Knight. Most costumes, from Super Friends to Batman: The Animated Series, used a variation of this look, making it the gold standard for Caped Crusader attire.

 

 

HONORABLE MENTION: THE RAINBOW BATSUIT

 

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Notable Appearance: Detective Comics #241 and Batman: The Brave and the Bold: “Emperor Joker.”

 

Notable Feature: The utility belt has an extra – WHAT DO YOU THINK!?! IT’S A RAINBOW COSTUME!!!

 


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