Ever since the first trailer for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice was released, fans have been speculating about which looks will make it onto the big screen. Thanks to the actor’s strict embargo, we now have our answer: one of the hottest Halloween costumes of 2016 will be Batman and his famous makeup looks from the film! Let’s take a look at the inspiration behind these amazing looks and where to buy them in the near future.
When it comes to Batman and Halloween, Christian Bale’s dark and brooding interpretation of the Caped Crusader is always a classic. Bale wore the iconic Batsuit for the entirety of his five-year stint as Batman (2005-2010), and it changed modern Hollywood’s understanding of what a superhero wearing makeup looks like. When it comes to Halloween 2016, we are fortunate enough to see not one, but two, incarnations of Batman.
The first trailer for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice featured a dark and gritty reimagining of the Caped Crusader, and thanks to the combination of Christian Bale and Zack Snyder’s direction, the Dark Knight has never been looked more menacing. With his tight jeans and high-top sneakers, the 70-year-old actor looks ready to take on anyone who dares cross his path. In addition to being the inspiration for Christian Bale’s stunning makeover, Batman v Superman also marks the return of Ben Affleck as the Caped Crusader and continues the cinematic universe’s penchant for rebranding existing heroes in different outfits. For those who want to recreate the film’s iconic looks, where can they buy the essential items? Let’s take a look.
If you’ve ever seen Christian Bale transform into Batman, you know how difficult it is to capture his precise, no-nonsense approach to acting and costume makeup in just a few minutes of film. To make it easier for fans to truly feel like they’re in the presence of the Dark Knight, we are blessed with an entire suit of clothes made specifically for Bale and designed to resemble the actor’s actual Batsuit as closely as possible. Even if you’ve never tried on a Batsuit before, it may still be difficult to tell the difference between the real thing and the movie magic that was used to create it.
While we can’t recreate the complex hand movements that allow Bale to effortlessly slip into the role of the Caped Crusader, the same can’t be said of the Batsuit. When put on, the Batsuit requires a bit of a learning curve due to the multiple layers of cloth that need to be pulled and stretched over the actor’s upper body to create the illusion of bulk. Once you’ve got the hang of it, nothing feels more real than stepping into a fully equipped Batman suit and taking on the world! If you want to feel like you’ve truly experienced what it means to be a superhero, the Batsuit is the best option available. It’s not meant to be worn daily (although that would be quite an accomplishment), but when the call for action comes, you’ll be ready!
In addition to the Batsuit, Christian Bale also sports a prosthetic face in the film. This is the result of a long battle with Parkinson’s disease, and it allows the actor to showcase his character’s exceptional determination and rage without the burden of physicality. To further help you visualize what’s going on underneath that hood, we are also given a peek at the back of Bale’s head, which features a visible spinal cord. With the help of the infamous facial prosthetics designer Boris Horvath, Christian Bale was able to fully transform his appearance for the role of Batman, and the results are nothing short of amazing!
While some people get a kick out of trying on creepy costumes for Halloween, Christian Bale is a staunch advocate of practicality and utility. This is exactly what his character and the Batman costume represent; while the former is willing to go to extremes to fight crime, the outfit’s main purpose is to keep the actor cool and comfortable under the hot Nevada sun. As such, there are certainly cheaper and more accessible options for fans who want to try out a similar look without the premium prosthetics that accompany Christian Bale’s Batman costume. As for where to buy, we’ve got you covered there too!
Where Can I Buy All Of Christian Bale’s Amazing Looks?
If you’re reading this, I assume you’re either a big Batman fan yourself or someone who knows one, so let’s stop wasting time and get to the good stuff, shall we? It’s important to note here that everything listed below is available to buy. The only items that aren’t mine are the tattoos, which I don’t have and don’t plan on getting either. If you want to purchase something similar, I recommend checking out the numerous artists who have taken inspiration from Christian Bale’s gorgeous looks and created high-quality tattoos that are almost indistinguishable from the real thing.
One of the most essential items to getting the full effect of Christian Bale’s Batman is the mask. In the film, Batman often wears a tinted mask with the exception of the times when he goes without one, and I can’t think of a better way to represent the Dark Knight’s nocturnal prowling than with this sleek, black design. Of course, you don’t have to settle for my humble opinion; you can pull off a similar look with the assistance of some high-quality Halloween masks by third parties such as Batman’s famous cowl or the simple yet iconic shape of the Penguin’s mask.
Speaking of simple yet iconic designs, let’s not forget about Batman’s signature gauntlets. With this elegant piece, Bale transformed what was previously seen as a purely ornamental piece into an integral part of his attire. In the film, these gauntlets are often paired with the rest of the suit, but they are also used independently, particularly when the actor decides to go mask-free. This allows for a full range of motion, from pulling off a classic ‘stache pull’ to simply snapping your fingers to create an illusion of strength. If you’ve never tried on the Batsuit or worn a prosthetic mask before, wearing these items independently is a great way to experience a character’s full form without feeling like you’re trying on a mask just to cover something up. Plus, you can always take it off later if you get hot or tired.
As for where to buy, the good people at FashionFear.com have the Batsuit and the gauntlets in stock, as well as multiple other pieces of Batman attire, including the mask! Be sure to check them out if you’re looking for where to buy a full suit. As far as I’m aware, they are the only legitimate online store that offers this level of service, so be sure to buy from them if you want quality designer goods at affordable prices. You can also get a great selection of Halloween costumes and accessories from their store.
Last but not least, let’s not forget about Christian Bale’s amazing stache! Similar to the other pieces of earwear he wears, the stache is another one of his iconic looks from the film. This time, however, we are given a deeper insight into the character’s persona, as the stache is commonly associated with a character named Joe Chill in Alan Moore’s The Killing Joke. In the comics, Joe Chill is described as being ‘stalked’ by the Joker (who is also known for his trademarked white mask) because of his resemblance to Batman! Of course, the Joker himself never specifically mentioned Joe Chill by name, but the resemblance was there nonetheless.
While Christian Bale’s stache may never be captured in a photograph, his face and body language alone are enough to convey the rage and pain that must accompany a Batman in mid-battle. The Killing Joke is arguably the most essential Joker story for those interested in mimicking the actor’s stunning look. As for where to buy, you can get a cheap imitation from China, but nothing will ever match the authentic feeling that comes from having your own stache!
At long last, we’ve made it to the good stuff! As you may have guessed, we’ve covered a lot of ground in this article. It wouldn’t be fair to leave out the fact that all of these outfits are readily available to buy, which is great news for fans of Batman and those who want to channel their inner-self into a fantasy. Of course, not all of this will be easy to accomplish; you will need to bear in mind certain constraints such as height and weight, as well as having the money to afford such luxury. That being said, it is still possible to channel your inner-self into a fantasy, and what better way to do so than by donning the iconic outfits of one of the greatest fictional characters of all time? Practical or not, when the call for action comes, you will be ready to answer it.