Be it made of latex, leather PVC, or a combination of all of these materials, how could any self-respecting ‘geek’ or even a casual fan not be interested in this most recent interview with Batsuit creators Glyn Dillon and David Crossman?
We all pretty much knew that Robert Pattinson’s portrayal of the Dark Knight would have to see some changes to Batman while staying true to the mythos…fans would not allow it to be any other way. But beyond how the young actor took to his role, according to Dillon and Crossman, Pattinson’s Batsuit needed to be built with a focus more on function over fashion.
No Joel Schumacher/Val Kilmer nipples here.
The noir sensibility of Matt Reeves’ directorial style and Pattison’s brooding Caped Crusader influenced the film’s costume designers to follow forward with their more “utilitarian” approach to the iconic main character’s iconic costume. A few of the ways Dillon and Crossman accomplished this was by making the cape into a wingsuit, the bat symbol as much its well-known chest emblem as a sharp blade and adding weight to the cape by making it from fake Japanese leather and the suit nylon so it moved and looked like bulletproof Kevlar.
Even Batman’s famous utility belt was stuffed with the items law enforcement would use as opposed to Bat-tastic inventions.
But of course, the most important factor to all they designed with the suit was that Pattison could move when he wore it; “practicality” and “mobility” were two other buzzwords that stood out in the interview.
Whether or not Pattison’s turn or the almost Seven-like feel to The Riddler character and his actions worked in The Batman, is a subjective call. Still, there is no denying the stark reality of the Batsuit…and the hard work done to render it into our reality by Glyn Dillon and David Crossman.