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September 8, 2011

The Comics Console: Inside Batman’s Closet

Last week we got our first good look at the many different playable alternate skins for Batman: Arkham City. Batman Beyond, The Dark Knight Returns Batman, and Earth One Batman were just a few of the already announced Batmen, and this week we’re running down the Bat-suits we want to see in the future! Holy fashion show, Batman!

The Movie Batmen

Batman sports a new suit in every movie, and obviously we would love to see all of them (yes, even the special ice suits that George Clooney, Chris O’Donnell, and Alicia Silverstone rocked in the final scenes of Batman & Robin), but the realistic choices for possible skins from Batman movies comes down to two. A Dark Knight style skin seems pretty likely, but maybe the skin I’m pulling for most is a Tim Burton/Michael Keaton Batman. Batman is considered a classic by fans, and the all black costume with the yellow symbol is the staple Batman of the 90s and one of my very favorite Bat-suits.


We didn’t get to see much of Grant Morrison’s amnesiac drug fueled Batman, but what we did see of him was awesome. Batman’s most colorful costume is without a doubt his most shocking, and if the myth of the Batman isn’t enough to strike fear into the cowardly and superstitious, those clashing colors will absolutely do the trick. It just better come with its own Bat-Mite, too!

Detective Comics #27

Of all the many Bat-suits, the most classic has to be the original. I’m actually surprised a 1939 costume wasn’t among the first wave of announced skins. I love the huge head with the awkward fitting mask horns and the purple gloves. I just hope if they do make a 1939 Batman skin they can make the cape sit weird like in the picture below.

Superstar Artists

We’ve seen that Rocksteady can make very detailed comic book style skins like Frank Miller’s Batman from The Dark Knight Returns, and it would be great to see more Batmen from important artists. The one that sticks out the most for me is Tim Sale’s Batman. When you think of the top five Batman works, Sale’s Batman is sure to be on the list, along with greats like Jim Lee, Alex Ross, and Kelly Jones.

“You’re just one man?”

Before that bat crashed through Bruce Wayne’s window on the fateful night, Gotham’s vigilante was just a man with a conviction. It would be great to play as young Bruce Wayne fighting crime Year One style, but without the cape, you wouldn’t be able to glide, so this skin seems unlikely.

Thomas Wayne

Flashpoint gave us not only a new Batman in Thomas Wayne, but it also gave us a very interesting new Bat-suit. At first I didn’t care for the red utility belt and small red circle behind the bat-symbol, but seeing just how hardcore Geoff Johns and Brian Azzarello made this new Batman, I’m dying to kick in some Joker henchmen teeth Thomas Wayne style.


When Bane treated Bruce Wayne’s spine like a child with an old toy, Gotham was left without a Bat, but not for long. Dick Grayson wasn’t interested in donning the cape and cowl, but close friend of the Bat-family Jean-Paul Valley gladly took up the mantle. Eventually, the power of the bat drove Valley coconuts and he redesigned the suit into gaudy looking Bat-armor. It’s arguably the least popular of all the different Bat-suits, but I would sure as hell fight crime in Arkham City with it.


I don’t need to explain to you why there should be an Adam West Batman skin. He’s Adam West Batman. Of course we want it! As long as the drawn on eyebrows and that shine from the blue material are there.

I could go on and on about all the different versions of Batman I want in Arkham City, and obviously I won’t get them all, but regardless of what alternate skins we see or don’t see, one thing is for sure. Batman will be looking…

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Andrew Hurst



  1. You forgot about the classic Batman spare tire for the Adam West costume. It was evident in almost every episode haha!

    But you’re right, Batman has tons of costumes that would be great skins for the game and a Knightfall one would be perfect. I’d even like the Two-Face Batman that showed up months ago in the title.

  2. Dizzieparallax

    ummmm sinestro corps batman please….

  3. @Dizzieparallax

    Sinestro Batman is already in the game! 🙂

  4. “but maybe the skin I’m pulling for most is a Tim Burton/Michael Keaton Batman. Batman is considered a classic by fans, and the all black costume with the yellow symbol is the staple Batman of the 90s and one of my very favorite Bat-suits.”


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