Ladies and gentlemen, it's the moment we've all been waiting for. Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice has arrived. In honor of the premiere, I figured we could look at the suits of one of the most beloved superheroes of all time, Batman. As we all know, Batman has a had a rich history in television and film. From the 1940s to 2016, there have been eight different actors to play Batman in live-action. So, without further ado, let's dive right into judging their outfits like a super-powered Joan Rivers.
9. 'Batman' (1943)
First on the list, we have the very first on-screen Batman played by Lewis Wilson. Now, since it was the early '40s, I'm willing to cut this suit some slack. I mean, it doesn't look too awful if you think of it as a costume your mom made for you at age 6 when you told her you really wanted to be Batman for Halloween. See, now it looks pretty impressive. Way to go, mom!
But this wasn't made by your mom. It was made by professionals. Still, we'll go easy on them considering it was a small budget production in 1943 that was intended for children. Anyway, I've probably picked on this suit enough, so let's move on.
8. 'Batman And Robin' (1949)
Intended as a sequel to Batman, Batman And Robin starred Robert Lowery in the lead role. As you can see, the suit is almost identical to the previous entry. So why did I put this one higher? Why did I even list them as two different suits? Well, dear people of the Internet, Lowery's bat symbol is ever-so-slightly bigger than that of his predecessor and I think it looks ever-so-slightly cooler. NEXT.
7. 'Batman: The Movie' (1966)
Now we're starting to enter familiar territory. Now, I'll be the first to admit it: I love the Adam West era Batman. In fact, it's hard to find someone who doesn't. It's hilarious, campy, and a perfect example of the "so bad it's good" type of film. The suit pretty much matches that description as well.
The ears are shorter and more stable than the earlier suits, whose ears just sort of sagged and drooped because they were too tall to properly support themselves. We've got a slightly better looking utility belt and a nice silky cape that could make one of Hugh Hefner's robes jealous. The mask is much better looking than ever before, despite the weird eyebrows painted in it. Now, let's talk about the logo. It's the first to introduce the yellow background that would go on to become famous. I like this logo so much, I'm gonna choose to ignore that it's right in the middle of his torso.
6. 'Batman And Robin' (1997)
Many would argue that George Clooney is the worst Batman to date. Those people are right. There were a lot of things wrong with this movie, such as directing, acting, writing, and set design, but the suit certainly doesn't help matters.
First, let's start off with the positives. It looks like it could protect Batman from danger, it's got his gadgets, and it looks like people tried really hard on it. As for the negatives, it's simply too flashy for the Batman that had been established in the Tim Burton movies. That's really it's biggest problem.
You totally thought I was going to skip over the nipples, didn't you? Of course not. The nipples cannot be ignored. I mean, look at them. I like to think Bruce Wayne included them in hopes his enemies wound cringe to death at the sight of them.
5. 'Batman Forever' (1995)
One step above Batman And Robin on the cringe meter is Batman Forever, starring Val Kilmer. It's actually pretty similar to the Clooney suit, but there are no nipples, which makes it about a thousand times better. But still not good.
"Nothing says 'Hero of the Night' like bright and shiny chrome!" - Joel Schumacher, probably.
4. 'Batman Begins' (2005)
After eights years away from the big screen, Christian Bale donned the cowl to bring back the Batman we all know and love. This suit is a return to the dark, brooding, and rubbery Batman we saw in the Tim Burton movies, but with a modern twist. This suit brings a classic hero into a modern world.
The reason this suit is so low is simply because it just looks bland. I mean, don't get me wrong, simplicity is welcome after a film like Batman And Robin, but the suit just looks a tad boring. Plus, it looks terribly uncomfortable. It is only Bale's first suit, after all. All that being said, it's still a darn good one.
3. 'Batman', 'Batman Returns' (1989, 1992)
I'll be honest about something here. Michael Keaton is my favorite Batman. I'm incredibly biased towards anything about this movie, but I'm trying my best to stay fair here.
This costume is similar to the Batman Begins suit in the fact that it's nearly 100% rubber. However, this suit adds more detail to the look. We see Michael Keaton's rippling rubber muscles (a sentence I never thought I would type), as well as a Batman logo that really pops. This suit is classic Batman, and what a lot of us think of when we hear the name "Batman."
2. 'The Dark Knight,' 'The Dark Knight Rises' (2008, 2012)
Christopher Nolan and Christian Bale continue to bring Batman into an updated, realistic world with the next two installments in the trilogy, this time with a brand new suit. It doesn't disappoint.
Here we have a suit that is by far the most practical Batman had ever worn before. It had strong armor, more flexibility, and actual neck movement for a change! If you were going out into the night to fight crime, you'd probably want to have something like this on. Also included with this suit is a nice, slick, updated bat logo and the most rad utility belt to date.
1. 'Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice' (2016)
By far the most comic book accurate suit we've ever seen a live-action Batman wear. While I can't judge Ben Affleck's performance just yet, his suit looks promising. He looks like he jumped straight out of a comic book page right onto our screens. We're finally seeing the gray suit for the first time since the 1960s, the cowl looks better than ever before, and the bat logo is my favorite out of them all.
If Ben's performance is anything like his suit, I think we're in for a treat.
I need a nap. Making this list was difficult and a little too stressful. Do you agree with my list? Which suit is your favorite? What order would you put them in? Let me know in the comments below! Also, I made a ranking of all the live-action Spider-Man suits that you should totally go read.