The Batman features one of the most unique and visually striking incarnations of the Batsuit we’ve ever seen in live-action. The reference book The Art of The Batman promises to shed much more light on the inspirations behind Robert Pattinson’s costume and gadgets, which include everything from Russian space suits to Robert DeNiro’s character in Taxi Driver.
IGN can exclusively debut several pages from this upcoming release, showing off concept art of Pattinson’s Batsuit and its grapnel gun. Check them out in the slideshow gallery below:
Even back when it was originally revealed in 2020, it was clear the new Batsuit pulls design cues from a number of Batman movies, comics and video games. Some of the art featured above suggests this suit was originally intended to have a more comic book-inspired color scheme, with the gray armor contrasting more with the black Bat emblem and cape.
However, there’s also an inherent practicality to this suit, with costume designer Glyn Dillon noting the undersuit is modeled after Russian pressure suits and then layered with armored plating and mechanical components. According to Dillon, the armor shares a lot in common with equestrian vests, which offers a desirable balance between protection and mobility.
Pattinson’s Batman makes frequent use of his grapnel gun over the course of the movie, and plenty of attention was paid to integrating this essential tool into the Batsuit. That’s where the Taxi Driver connection comes in. Some of the concept art above shows how the grapnel gun connects to Batman’s gauntlets and can be launched into his hand at a moment’s notice, much like how Travis Bickle hides his pistol up his coat sleeve.
Finally, these images give us a better glimpse of Batman’s wingsuit. While the Dark Knight seems to deploy this tool in the blink of an eye in the film, the art makes it clear that a lot of thought went into how the wingsuit is deployed and attached to Batman’s armor.
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