The Batman video games Arkham Asylum and Arkham City are enormously popular, and part of the reason the games are so well-loved by millions of geeks is the superb job the programmers did immersing the player in the role of Batman. The games allow you to be Batman; you can do anything Batman can do, like annihilate a dozen armed thugs at once, or use any gadget Batman uses, like batarangs or grappling lines. The design of the games is also incredible, with stunning graphics and new looks for familiar characters like Harley Quinn, The Scarecrow, The Joker and others.
Not all Bat-fans are crazy about some of these makeovers (The “slutty” Harley Quinn re-design, in particular, is very controversial in the Bat-community), but most are in agreement that the costume Batman himself sports in the game is excellent. It combines the “real-world” aesthetic of the Christopher Nolan Batman films with the classic comic-book appearance of the Dark Knight. It’s a practical suit that looks like it’s constructed out of flexible kevlar or other reality-based materials, while still giving off the menacing, supernatural aura that strikes fear into the hearts of criminals. The suit is so cool in fact, that an independent designer and special effects artist by the name Batpirisss decided to enlist some friends and actually create a wearable replica. The results, as you can see from these photos, is nothing short of astonishing.
Batpirisss had this to say about the project on The Effects Lab message board:
I wanted to show a project we completed recently. A group of us had been talking for years about what we always wanted to see done on screen for the Bat franchise. After the game design came out we decided to approach it with that end result in mind.
All of us agreed that this was the best movie suit never done as well as the entire game being the film we all wanted to see. And there were so many aspects to it, including the illusive blue and gray of the new city suit, that we wanted to tackle. Some of the goals on the suit were that we wanted the pieces to be accurate like they walked right off the screen. The whole suit would need to be proportioned to the point that all the pieces worked together to complete the image of the character design. This was tricky due to the fact that no human being in the world is the shape of that guy. Especially the cowl. Also the cross texture of the entire suit must be included and it has to run synced up on all panels as the game suit does, so that all lines intersect at an X throughout the entire suit.
We wanted to achieve the right colors and needed them to change dramatically from one light source to another, like the game suit does. Especially the new game where you see a brighter blue cowl in one light and then a seemingly black cowl in another. This went for the gray also as it needed to go dark and also reflect the greens that they used in the game. The whole suit is weathered to match the grittiness of the game suit and made to be worn. We wanted to follow the same basic design of the movie suits meaning separate sizeable torso, legs, etc… all mounted on an undersuit so that anyone could have it tailored to them the same way the movie pieces can be sized. The briefs were done separate so that the movement would be fluid and the entire muscle set-up should look one piece but move easily.
With the cowl being such a unique shape we didn’t want to sacrifice feel so we chose to do two sizes with the cowl. We mounted the City bat in the pics as we are almost done with the add-ons for the boots and gaunts as well as the new belt, and would be completing that suit. But also show how the Asylum bat looks and with a switch of some gear you can go either way. Let me know what you guys think and I’ll shoot some pics of individual pieces later if you like.
I think these guys did an absolutely phenomenal job with this suit. With some tweaks here and there (the ears need to be taken down a notch, for example), I could see a similar version of this costume in a future Batman film. The franchise will be undergoing a reboot once Nolan is finished with The Dark Knight Rises, and I for one would love to see the all-black, rubbery Bat-suits retired in favor of a more traditional grey/black or grey/blue look. What do you think?