Back in 1939, the artist Bob Kane and the writer Bill Finger laid the canon of Batman: a dark cloak, a mask that hides half of the face, the pointed ears of a protective helmet.
The first costume that Bruce Wayne wore in the 1943 television series: strangely shaped ears and a short cloak make him more like a caricature devil than a fighter for justice. And the logo on the chest gives off some kind of grandmother’s embroidery. But the spikes on the gloves, reaching to the very elbows, and the shiny functional belt says – it’s better not to mess with this guy.
In 1966, the same logo appeared on the screen that made Batman the most popular media person. This is a definite plus of the Adam West costume. And the minuses… Well, first of all, why did Batman change his outfit to dark blue and purple? What is this hippie imitation? And secondly, who drew such eyebrows on the mask?
The overwhelming majority of Batman fans consider the costume made for Tim Burton’s painting to be ideal – everything in it is in moderation: practicality, atmosphere, and beauty. The suit was equipped with a Batarang, smoke pods, and a winch pistol – everything he needs to defeat Gotham crime.
Compared to the costume from the first full-length Batman movie, Bruce Wayne’s outfit in Batman Returns has become significantly lighter and more streamlined. At the same time, Bats began to look more elegant and intimidating, something threatening appeared in the night hero.
The 1995 suit is a slight modification of Burton’s design, except for a few small details: glossy sheen, mechanical arm enhancers, and… nipples. Every Batman fan has at least once wondered why there are nipples on the suit, but there are still no answers.
In the Nolan trilogy, Bruce Wayne’s suit is not spectacular in appearance, but it is practical and irreplaceable in battle. The military hardware tycoon can afford minimalist solutions if they benefit from efficiency.