Batman costume designers Glyn Dillon and David Crossman discuss Robert Pattinson's utilitarian Batsuit, emphasizing function over fashion.
Batman's costume designers break down their approach to Robert Pattinson's practical and unique Batsuit design. The Batman, directed by Matt Reeves, opens in March 2022 to critical acclaim and audience acclaim for its gritty noir take on the iconic character. From the moment the first details of the film came to light, Pattinson's Batsuit has been the subject of much discussion and stands out among the many costumes in the past.
In an interview with Deadline, Batman costume designers Glyn Dillon and David Crossman analyze how Batman's uber-utility Batsuit design came to be. They explained that Reeves expressed a desire for a "utilitarian" batsuit, preferring function over fashion. With this in mind, Dillon and Crossman turned the cape into a wingsuit, with the bat symbol doubling as a blade. The cloak is made of Japanese faux leather for added weight, and the suit is made of nylon, simulating ballistic Kevlar. Read what Dillon had to say about the creation of Pattinson's bat suit below: comprehensive. Matching Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight trilogy, Batman as a whole prefers function over fashion. But Reeves' film somehow takes it a step further, imbuing Batman with guts and applying a whole new level of pragmatism to the character, design, and story.
Matt definitely wanted the suit to be utilitarian, and importantly, it had to be a suit that Robert could move and fight in. Practicality and mobility were the main concerns... For instance, his utility belt in the comics is yellow or gold and that’s carried through to most of the films, but we liked the idea that he would use stuff that cops would use, leather ammo packs and handcuff holders etc… it feels much closer to ‘Special Forces’ than Spandex.
Why Pattinson's Utilitarian Batsuit Was Perfect For The Batman
That being said, it could also be argued that Batman's plot is less grand in scope and more grounded in realism, with an emphasis on detective work in Gotham City. While that may change with the sequels, Reeves' first Batman movie is more of a Seven-inspired murder mystery with hints of political intrigue within a Gotham crime family. Instead of Batman having to save his city from a massive terrorist plot involving the water system in the third act, Reeves makes the bold decision in The Riddler to plan a massive Scale shootings, horror closer to reality. A down-to-earth, down-to-earth Batsuit is the perfect fit here.
There is no doubt that both Batman and Catwoman have had their fair share of trauma, and the characters' costume designs do the difficult and delicate task of telling their stories. this is what makes The costume design is perfect for the movie. From Catwoman's weathered jumpsuit to a well-crafted full-on batsuit, every costume in Batman fits with the down-to-earth, worn-in aesthetic Reeves might have gone for.
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