The Batman: The new Matt Reeves movie Batsuit is based on surprising concepts: its designers share the details of its creation. The Batman suit is one of the most iconic elements of the Dark Knight and a very important part of the character as a Gotham vigilante. So much so, that in Matt Reeves’ new movie The Batman, Batman appears on screen for more minutes than in any other film adaptation, showing off his new suit in all its splendor. Now, its creators Glyn Dillon and David Crossman share the creation process and the inspirations they took for its design.
Realism and iconography for the new Bat-suit
“I think we all agree on how we can make a new version of Batman that feels very real. Vietnam is always there somewhere. One of the things we took apart was the bulletproof vest from the Vietnam era. Inside the bulletproof material there are actually layers of Kevlar fabric, but superimposed”, its designers explain to Slash Film.
In addition, they always had the figure of the Grim Reaper in mind: “The helmet is a more fantastic element; I like the idea of him feeling like the angel of death, so he’s shaped more like a skull, and then maybe with the suggestion that he could have stretched leather over a skull to get those shapes. Next, the neck pieces are like vertebrae. All in all, he has this angel of death feeling”, ensuring that this appearance allows Pattinson to further work the interpretation of him.
Although the most surprising concept comes with a detail of the mask itself, inspired by Adam West’s Batman from the iconic 1960s live-action TV series: “Matt was pleased with how the seam around the top of the mask looked. forehead, which was inspired by Adam West, to be honest. Having a little nose piece, again, was inspired by the 1960s Batman suit. I always wondered what that little square on the nose of the hood was.”