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Batman’s Jumpsuit Is Already The Best Live-Action Version

In The Batman, Robert Pattinson wears a uniquely designed jumpsuit that shows just how precocious he is in his time as Batman and his underdog status.

First revealed in early 2020, Matt Reeves’ Robert Pattinson Batsuit The Batman may be the best live Batsuits made for the big screen. Although Robert Pattinson’s casting raised some initial concerns, each released trailer and publicity photo of his Batman has bolstered audience members’ confidence in the latest film featuring the Caped Crusader. Appearing cobbled together from various materials, this Batsuit has an attractive design and also communicates Batman’s underdog status.

The Batman suit worn by Robert Pattinson explores new design elements that have yet to be seen live or on the big screen. Animation and comic book art often feature the design elements of the Batsuit in terms of silhouettes and shapes, which the Batsuits worn by Michael Keaton, Val Kilmer, and George Clooney mimicked. The Batman features some interesting new textural elements that haven’t been featured in the film before, and promise to help ground Pattinson’s Batman in the gritty crime-thriller aesthetic that the film seems to be pursuing.


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While recent Batsuits worn by Christian Bale and Ben Affleck highlighted Bruce Wayne’s ability to channel endless resources into creating the most powerful armor, Pattinson’s highlights the scrappy newcomer status of Batman. Audiences already know that Pattinson’s Batman will be a newly established crime-fighter, still only in the second year of his tenure as the Dark Knight. The Batsuit’s ability to communicate this by showcasing raw design elements may make it the best live-action representation of the iconic Batsuit yet.

The Batman Jim Gordon and Bruce Wayne in Morgue

While Bruce Wayne’s wealth and ingenuity have been key to many Batman stories, this Batsuit reflects his limited abilities in the best possible way. Ben Affleck wore a stunning recreation of the Batsuit from Return of the Dark Knight in batman v superman which made his Batman nearly invulnerable and allowed him to take on Superman. While this Batsuit proved effective for a beleaguered Batman with years of crime-fighting behind him, it lowered the stakes by seeing him battle street-level criminals using bullets. Although Pattinson’s Batsuit appears to be bulletproof, trailers that show him battling gangs of bad guys have portrayed him as a fighter with inventive techniques and ingenious armor, not an untouchable god.

The Batman‘s Batsuit features some unique design choices, like a bat symbol made from pieces of a gun, that make it look less shiny than other versions. Christian Bale’s jumpsuit looked stylish and scenes were dedicated to showing off his build. But the inclusion of funding and research from Wayne Industry to develop gadgets kept his Batman from feeling like an outsider. Pattinson’s slim physique and cobbled-together Batsuit show he’s more of a scrappy underdog than his predecessors. As attractive as the design is, it’s less sleek than previous versions and helps ground this Batman in his own crime-infested Gotham.

Besides offering new and interesting design choices, what made Pattinson’s Batsuit so exciting is how thematically it fits into the world of The Batman. By grounding Batman’s endless crusade in a cinematic world clearly influenced by David Fincher’s crime thrillers Seven and Zodiac, the film resulted in several unique design choices, such as Paul Dano’s new Riddler costume. Without being heavily tied to a preexisting continuity like Affleck’s Batman, Robert Pattinson and Matt Reeves have crafted a truly unique Batsuit that promises to be the best live-action version audiences have seen.

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