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Donning the Bat-suit is exciting, and for people who don't cosplay (or patrol their area as Batman), it can be a pretty rare experience. Made by anyone else, the suit could cost anywhere from a $40 expense for the full spandex outfit, or closer to $1k for the darker, armored Batman of our time.

Geez! Only a billionaire could afford these! (HA)
Geez! Only a billionaire could afford these! (HA)

Whether you're looking to spend money or keep it cheap, being the Bat is extremely fun, but not super easy to stand out in, whether you're at a convention or a Halloween party. So how do you make the character unique?

Get Creative!

Rockabilly Batman by Dennis Medri
Rockabilly Batman by Dennis Medri

Dennis Medri's series of Gotham staple characters in Rockabilly gear is just one example of the expansive, unique takes on costume and character variants within the Batfandom. Except for maybe purchasing the cowl, this costume requires some hot glue and a few thrift store trips to complete. As I said in an earlier article, creating variations gives you more leeway on costume construction. With that said, here's a shot of that idea in action:

by joshspiderman238
by joshspiderman238

Gender-Swap it!

Damilyn as Batman
Damilyn as Batman

She's not Batwoman. She's not Batgirl. She's not Black Bat. She's Batman. Instead of cosplaying as Barbara Gordon or Kate Kane, Damilyn of Puku Productions showed off her incredible love for the Dark Knight with this impressive take on his outfit for the fairer sex. This kind of costume takes a lot more work, but when the end result is something this awesome, the work is all worth it. If your favorite superhero or superheroine doesn't fit your body's mold, make a take that does - because everyone's a hero in their own way (though not exactly like Nathan Fillion might think they are).

Cross it Over!

Please comment with source! Google Images = horrid.
Please comment with source! Google Images = horrid.

Wanna spice up your Dark Knight? Pop him into another story! While the examples shown here are quite extreme, the possibilities are endless when it comes to revising the Batsuit to fit another fandom. Batman as Solid Snake? Batman as Ryu? Batman as a droid, a pony, an Avenger? The world is your oyster, so why not a string of pearls and a gorgeous evening gown based on the Batsuit? The possibilities are endless, but this is one of my favorites thus far: Hulkbuster Batman. Well, it's more like a combo of the Hulkbuster armor and Batman's Thrasher suit, but still:

Baltimore Comic-Con (cosplayer ID anyone?)
Baltimore Comic-Con (cosplayer ID anyone?)

Go Medieval!

Azmal from DeviantArt
Azmal from DeviantArt

Everybody loves a costume that they can use more than once, and this cosplayer seemed to think the same. Not only is he ready for conventions and Halloween, but the impression he's going to make at the next Renaissance Fair will be massive.

When in Doubt, Polyvore

from Disneybounding on Pinterest
from Disneybounding on Pinterest

Disneybounding is the fairly popular practice of creating outfits inspired by Disney characters for Disney park trips, so applying that to Batman can breed some awesome results. Check out your closet and find iconic pieces that reflect the Bat himself - or head to sites like Polyvore and put an outfit together beforehand!

... or Do a Deadpool Version!

Boston's Deadpool
Boston's Deadpool

Because Deadpool fits with everything. Everything ever. Forever. Always.

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