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12.04.2015by: Alex Maidy

Top 10 Batman Costumes We Want To See on the Big Screen

With the latest BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE trailer showcasing three variations of the Batsuit, it seemed appropriate to reflect on the countless iterations of Bruce Wayne's armor over the years. Like Iron Man, Batman has found specialty exo-suits for a number of uses ranging from space travel to fighting super-villains from different dimensions and time periods. Here is our ranking of the ten suits Batman has employed over the years that we would love to see on the big screen some day. If you disagree or think we missed one, let us know in the talk backs below.

#10 - Knightfall

When Bane broke Batman's back like a pretzel stick, Jean Paul Valley took over and donned a new armor that was very different than anything Bruce Wayne ever wore. The blue and gold suit was distinct enough to tell the future Azrael from his predecessor and would definitely look cool on the big screen.

#9 - The Dark Knight Returns

Frank Miller's seminal 1986 mini-series envisioned an older, embattled Bruce Wayne whose armor looked very reminiscent of the classic batsuit. The primarily gray outfit, huge utility belt, and simple cowl and emblem embodies everything that defines Batman's look but is also very different than anything we have seen in the movies. Ben Affleck's uniform is reminiscent of this, but I would still love to see this suit on screen.

#8 - Red Son

In this alternate history comic that finds Clark Kent arriving as an infant in Soviet Russia brought a very different version of Batman as well. Lex Luthor recruits Bruce Wayne whose parents were killed as a result of Superman's actions. This Batman shares a visual look that makes him look more like a mercenary with a winter cap and more rugged uniform that shares some similarities with Captain America's WWII design.

#7 - Kingdom Come

In Alex's Ross iconic art, Batman looks more menacing in his advanced age than ever before. No longer Bruce Wayne but now entirely The Batman, this costume is a full exo-suit with a massive cowl and wings. While not as practical for daily use as the normal suit, this is the most intimidating and Bat-like suit we have ever seen in the pages of the comics and would look badass in a feature film.

#6 - Court of Owls

The first major storyline in the New 52 reboot of Batman, this is another exo-suit. Looking something like a scaled down Hulkbuster armor, this looks somewhat similar to Batman's suit in the DAWN OF JUSTICE trailers. So, we may be seeing this one in action sooner rather than later, but I still want to see the classic blue and gray color scheme employed.

#5 - Justice

Another Alex Ross masterpiece, the Justice mini-series gives Batman a new costume that shares a color scheme and design style that echoes the Batmobile from the 1966 television series. This is so friggin cool looking and may not be the most practical design for a film, but I would love to see this.

#4 - Hush

Another classic blue and gray costume, the armor from Hush looks very scaled down but also houses some cool tricks of it's own. All too often, big screen Batman armor has been molded rubber or primarily black. One day I hope we get to see a Batman that looks like the comics. Ben Affleck's DAWN OF JUSTICE outfit may be close, but I still want to see something more like this.

#3 - Beyond

One day, I am confident a Batman Beyond movie will come to fruition and I hope that they don't change a thing about this futuristic armor. The colors and design are so distinct from the traditional Bruce Wayne Batman that you instantly recognize what it is. Here's hoping that when Warner Bros makes this happen we see it look just like this.

#2 - Arkham

The Arkham series of games are pretty well received these days and have a large number of armor variations to play with, but the default Batman skin is the perfect balance of what we have seen in comics and what could happen on the big screen. The physics of video games may not be exactly like that of the real world, but I find it hard to believe a big, hulking bat suit like the one pictured here could not be made a reality. This is what Batman really looks like.

#1 - Flashpoint

In this Flash-centric DC event series, Bruce Wayne died as a child and Thomas Wayne becomes the masked Batman. The costume is subtle in it's differences from the classic Batsuit, but it still looks unique enough that I would love to see it hit the big screen. With the yellow utility belt replaced with a stark red color along with demonic scarlet eyes, this is one scary Batman. Plus, the cape reminds me of Spawn's cowl and that would just look awesome in a movie.

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11:09AM on 12/04/2015
Good list for the most part. I think the Bat-fleck suit is a pretty good adaptation of both the Frank Miller design (it's literally an exact replica of that suit for the most part) and the Hush design (albeit with black instead of blue).

I totally disagree with the comment under the Arkham suit that THAT is what Batman looks like. That's clearly not true as the Arkham games were based more around Nolan's Batman than the comics. Still looks cool, but we've already seen the tactical body
Good list for the most part. I think the Bat-fleck suit is a pretty good adaptation of both the Frank Miller design (it's literally an exact replica of that suit for the most part) and the Hush design (albeit with black instead of blue).

I totally disagree with the comment under the Arkham suit that THAT is what Batman looks like. That's clearly not true as the Arkham games were based more around Nolan's Batman than the comics. Still looks cool, but we've already seen the tactical body armour version on screen. So many other designs to try.
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9:20AM on 12/04/2015
I agree. I'm over the fake muscles and pretty much over every hero having basketball textured rubber. Whats wrong with nylon or cloth whatever.
I agree. I'm over the fake muscles and pretty much over every hero having basketball textured rubber. Whats wrong with nylon or cloth whatever.
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9:17AM on 12/04/2015
Now that is badass. I wouldn't think the batmobile scheme would look good as a costume but it so does.
Now that is badass. I wouldn't think the batmobile scheme would look good as a costume but it so does.
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8:58AM on 12/04/2015
Again... as you mention in your own paragraph, we are literally getting these costumes in BvS man. Just like Netforce commented on the Russian outfit being similar to the desert scene outfit.
Again... as you mention in your own paragraph, we are literally getting these costumes in BvS man. Just like Netforce commented on the Russian outfit being similar to the desert scene outfit.
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11:18AM on 12/04/2015
Thanks, man.
Thanks, man.
8:54AM on 12/04/2015
I don't think its reminiscent. It IS this suit. This was a wasted pick.
I don't think its reminiscent. It IS this suit. This was a wasted pick.
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8:53AM on 12/04/2015
I was hoping you would include this one. I remember really digging it as a kid mostly because it got rid of the mouth piece which always struck me as odd for a hero to expose his mouth like that.
I was hoping you would include this one. I remember really digging it as a kid mostly because it got rid of the mouth piece which always struck me as odd for a hero to expose his mouth like that.
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4:42AM on 12/04/2015
I would have put Arkham suit at number one spot but Flashpoint suit is good as well.
I would have put Arkham suit at number one spot but Flashpoint suit is good as well.
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4:40AM on 12/04/2015
I really love this suit. It's a very cool distinction from any other Bat suit, especially the red Bat emblem.
I really love this suit. It's a very cool distinction from any other Bat suit, especially the red Bat emblem.
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4:39AM on 12/04/2015
It's a very iconic Bat suit. Maybe if any Batman movie had a flashback into the future or something, this suit is a must.
It's a very iconic Bat suit. Maybe if any Batman movie had a flashback into the future or something, this suit is a must.
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4:38AM on 12/04/2015
Doesn't Batman V. Superman feature this suit as well? I thought this was in the desert scene in the trailer. It might not be an exact replica but looks very close to this one.
Doesn't Batman V. Superman feature this suit as well? I thought this was in the desert scene in the trailer. It might not be an exact replica but looks very close to this one.
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4:36AM on 12/04/2015
I like this suit but movie-wise it might be hard to put into production.
I like this suit but movie-wise it might be hard to put into production.
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4:29AM on 12/04/2015
Gotham by gaslight should be on the list, also the animated series.
Gotham by gaslight should be on the list, also the animated series.
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1:06PM on 12/04/2015
The Gotham By Gaslight suit was pretty rad!
The Gotham By Gaslight suit was pretty rad!

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