Yes, we all know that Robert Pattinson is a huge fan of the Batman comics. The British actor has played the Caped Crusader in four films so far, and is set to portray the Dark Knight two more times before the century is out. Having starred in some of the most iconic films of our time, it’s no wonder that fans would like to dress up as Batman for Halloween or everyday wear. However, choosing the right Batman body is hard. There are so many options to choose from when creating a realistic impression of The Caped Crusader. Whether you’re a big fan of the comics or have seen all of the movies, this article is for you. We will list down the key points to keep in mind so that when it comes time to choose a Batman body double, you’ll be able to select the one that suits you best.
Size And Weight
Now, let’s get into the matter of size. The first thing you need to consider about choosing a Batman body is his size. In Batman Forever, the 6′ actor wears a medium shirt and a smallish tie. In The Dark Knight, he wears a large shirt and a large tie. In The Dark Knight Rises, he’s even bigger and wears a XXL shirt and a massive tie. With Batman’s costume being quite basic, you’ll need to go by these garments to determine his size.
Batman wears a medium shirt and a small tie in Batman Forever.
Batman wears a large shirt and a large tie in The Dark Knight.
Batman wears a XXL shirt and a massive tie in The Dark Knight Rises.
Basically, if you want to look like Batman, you’ll need to be big like him. Now, for the matter of weight. Batman is always portrayed as being quite muscular, almost like a bodybuilder. So, when it comes to choosing the right physical appearance for the superhero, you need to go for a bulkier frame. If you want to know how much Batman weighs, you need to look no further. He tips the scales at around 210 pounds, as seen in The Dark Knight Rises. Now, don’t be discouraged if you don’t fit that category, you’ll still be able to pull off a decent impression. It just takes a bit of effort to achieve that perfect look.
Another thing to keep in mind when choosing a Batman body is his build. As we’ve established, the superhero is quite muscular, so you need to go for a more beefy frame to pull off a realistic appearance. Remember, you’ll also need to consider how much weight you need to lose and how much muscle you need to put on. This is quite a tall order, especially if you’re not used to working out. The idea is to create a realistic impression, so don’t bother going for the skinny look, you’ll probably end up looking like a caricature.
In The Dark Knight Rises, Bane, the villain that Batman fights, gives him a hard time. Batman manages to overpower him, but Bane is still able to throw him around like a ragdoll. That’s because Batman’s body is weak and shoddy, which is why Bane is able to beat him so easily. Batman’s build is quite poor, with a lot of muscle mass but no concrete frame, which makes him extremely weak. This is also the reason why his costume is quite plain and simple, with no added features as seen in most superhero films today.
The Dark Knight, directed by Christopher Nolan, features the Batman villain, The Riddler. When he is not busy challenging the Caped Crusader himself, he holds court in a chaotic circus-like setting. In this scene, you can see how the clowns and other circus performers are constantly hooting and jeering at the notorious madman. It’s amazing the effect that this simple circus atmosphere has on the people working there. You’ll see them laughing hysterically, which is odd considering that they’re supposed to be performing tricks and acrobatics. Even the horses seem to be affected by the absurd atmosphere and engage in a bit of horseplay with one another, as seen in the picture below.
You’ll need a strong frame to withstand all of that chaos. A lot of the time, the crazier and more outlandish the scene, the more obvious it is that you’re wearing a costume. So it’s not entirely unexpected that the majority of the characters’ reactions are laced with laughter. This is how the scene would look like if you were there as a moviegoer, viewing the film on a big screen. It’s an effect that director Christopher Nolan really focuses on, especially in scenes featuring chaotic circus-like activity.
In The Dark Knight, the Joker and Harley Quinn plot together to steal Mr. Dent’s wealth and power. The plan goes awry, and the Joker ends up killing Harvey Dent, who had the misfortune of being his better half’s assistant. It’s at this point that the tables turn, and the Joker becomes the hero, albeit a twisted one. In this scene, you can see the Joker, Harley and another villain named Falcone walk through the streets of Gotham City. The Joker puts on a show for the people on the street, which is why you would often see them laughing and cheering at the antics of the caped crusader. It’s also why people would come together in a common cause to fight the good fight against villains like these who threaten their safety and well-being.
Now, let’s take a look at Batman’s eye shape. Like we’ve established, the superhero is quite muscular and has a beefy frame. As a result, his eyes will most likely be of a similar size. This can be either small, like in The Dark Knight and Batman Forever, or large, as in The Dark Knight Rises. If you want to create a realistic appearance of the character, you need to go for the larger eyes.
In The Dark Knight, the Joker and Harley Quinn plot together to steal Mr. Dent’s wealth and power.
In The Dark Knight Rises, Bane, the villain that Batman fights, gives him a hard time.
In all three of these films, the protagonist’s eyes are either small or medium in size. So, if you want to look like Batman, you need to go for the smaller eyes, unless you want to project a bulkier frame.
Hair And Beard
Another thing to keep in mind when choosing a Batman body for a Halloween costume is his hair and beard. Batman’s hair is usually quite long and slicked back. Even in the older films, he’s usually seen with a receding hairline, so you don’t need to worry about that. As for the beard, it’s quite prominent and bushy, which makes it even easier to grow if you don’t have a lot of facial hair already. You can find many tutorials online that will guide you on how to grow a thick and bushy beard. With those things in mind, selecting a Halloween costume for Batman will be a lot easier.
Like we’ve established, Batman is always seen wearing a suit or a cape and a mask. Even in the older films, he’s quite fussy about his wardrobes and will often change his outfits several times during the day. It is a very common sight to see the Caped Crusader in a suit and a tie. In the last film, The Dark Knight Rises, he ditches his usual gear for an outfit that would later become iconic, consisting of black pants, a black T-shirt, an orange scarf, a brown coat and a mask. If you’re going for a suit and a tie, then black is your best bet. This is quite a safe color to choose, as it is the opposite of yellow, which is often seen as villains’ colors.
It’s quite easy to dress as Batman for Halloween or everyday wear. The hardest part will be making sure that your outfit is as realistic as possible. You’ll need to think about what type of suit and tie he typically wears and work your way from there. Keep in mind that the costume is not meant to be exact, but rather a general guideline, which you can easily work with.