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It’s official, Gotham has created the worst Batman costume ever

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Gotham Batman (2)

Quick confession: I’ve never watched Gotham, but I’m still planning to do so because I’m keen to do a proper binge on it because I hear it’s madder than a bag of screws. For the uninitiated, Gotham isn’t just about the rise of Bruce Wayne and how one awful night sets him on a path to become a symbol of justice. It’s also about the villains of Gotham, their rise and fall in a vicious struggle to take over the city while new cop on the block Jim Gordon finds himself caught in the crossfire.

Gotham was always running on a finite clock, with an endgame that would eventually culminate in Batman making his appearance. And ye gods, does he look bad:

Gotham Batman (1)

What the hell is that even? The final shot of Gotham’s finale, is one of Bruce Wayne all grown up and suited up. The Joker has made his appearance (with some sick scars and wispy strands of hair), Jim Gordon has gotten a promotion and Catwoman is on the prowl. I mean, I think that’s Batman? Or it could be a guy in hockey pads.

Point is, that looks bargain basement at best. There’s a ton of stuff I’m hating on this suit: It can’t decide if it wants to be sleek or armoured. What is there, looks horribly segmented and thanks to Kervyn I can’t unsee the fact that the stomach looks like a plastic pizza that is waiting to be eaten. The cape looks like somebody carved up a black dining room table cover, the cowl is stupidly massive and the behind the scenes photos make it look even worse:

Maybe I’m being too critical, and to be fair, this is a costume which works best in the shadows when it can cast a decent silhouette. After all, this costume is barely seen in the light, and the shot is brief at best. Fair points, but c’mon: It’s Batman we’re talking about here. This is supposed to be the money shot of Gotham, the sum total of five seasons of character development that ends with the dark knight cementing his legend in a year that celebrates 80 years of caped crusader action.

For a television show, you’d think that there’d be some budget to splash out on a decent Batsuit. I mean, just take a look at Cosplay Chris’s latest Batman costume, which is built on the Justice League and Batman V Superman designs:

That suit you see there? That’s most likely in the ballpark of around $3000 I’d bet, knowing my sellers on the Batman forums. A crapload of cash, make no mistake, but something that a TV budget should be able to easily cover. Heck, for even half the budget, you could have picked up a UD Replicas motorcycle leather replica and told the costume department to make a few alterations so that it could look better. Hell, for even less than that, you could create something which still looks the part with a little bit of upholstery foam and screen-printing.

I should know, because I’m doing just that for my own Comic Con cosplay. Shameless plug, hooooooooo:

Am I raging over something inconsequential in the grand scheme of things? Absolutely, but dammit I don’t care. On the plus side, we’ve got a benchmark for the worst Batman costume decision ever, that has finally dethroned the choice to add rubber nipples to the otherwise superb Panther suits from Batman Forever.

Last Updated: May 13, 2019

26 Comments

  1. That just looks like a creeper in a batman suit who’s standing at the end of your bed while you sleep. Watching.

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    • The D

      May 13, 2019 at 13:26

      I feel personally attacked.

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      • Pariah

        May 13, 2019 at 13:26

        I didn’t mention names. It’s still our little secret.

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      • Pariah

        May 13, 2019 at 13:45

        And to be fair (and serious for a second), your rendition does look cooler.

        ~Edit: although there’s a bit of Heath Ledger in the face there. Still, cool.

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        • The D

          May 13, 2019 at 13:45

          I wish it felt cooler, because I’m going to be marinating all day in it 😀

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  2. Pariah

    May 13, 2019 at 13:36

    What if it’s meant to be like Iron Man’s Mk1 suit? Rough and shit, and due to be refined into something actually cool.

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  3. CrAiGiSh

    May 13, 2019 at 13:36

    Considering the “Time/Year” in which Gotham is meant to be playing in, I think the suit looks okay.

    But I can understand from not watching the series how this would come across and that it does look … odd.

    All in all, this is a dam good series and sucks that its ended.

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  4. Yahtzee

    May 13, 2019 at 13:36

    • HvR

      May 13, 2019 at 15:06

      South Africa doing gender swop hero stories before it was cool

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    • Yondaime

      May 13, 2019 at 16:37

      Finally! someone remembers Die Swart Kat

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    • HvR

      May 13, 2019 at 16:58

      For the young,uneducated and souties:

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  5. Admiral Chief Flammenwerfer

    May 13, 2019 at 13:45

    MMMMMM pizza

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  6. Dresden

    May 13, 2019 at 13:36

    I’m currently busy with season 4 and I love this series (it has, in my personal opinion, the best rendition of Joker that I’ve seen).

    That abomination put a massive damper on my enjoyment of the program. :/

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    • The D

      May 13, 2019 at 13:45

      I really REALLY like the Joker that pops up in this series and the finale in particular. I want more of the Valeskas.

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      • Joseph Thunderhorse

        May 14, 2019 at 19:52

        Everyone was waiting to see the final” joker prototype”….and he looked like an octogeneric Ronald McDonald….

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  7. Nikola

    May 13, 2019 at 14:19

    I actually really really do enjoy this series. I think it’s the best out of CW’s DC series!! Arrow started of very well and now it’s just weird…

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    • HvR

      May 13, 2019 at 15:19

      Probably because it is not part of CW’s DC series but standalone with Fox and not produced as daily soap with surprise resurrection, shallow characters and secret doppelgangers.

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  8. Kapitan Balalaika

    May 13, 2019 at 20:09

    This series is one of the reasons I love DC villains and the way they’re portrayed.

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    • Joseph Thunderhorse

      May 13, 2019 at 22:18

      Kapitan …l certainly agree they handled the evolution of the characters nicely especially Penguin

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    • Joseph Thunderhorse

      May 13, 2019 at 22:08

      As a reply to the “worst costume ever”remark….Batman was created in 1938…just for giggles you should check out what the costume looked like then…even though l agree with you…the slight frame of the person in the suit was partially responsible …and the odd facial expression… Im gonna miss the show a lot anyway

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  9. Mr.j

    May 13, 2019 at 17:48

    So George Clooney’s Batman is better? You guys are retarded

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  10. Ade

    May 14, 2019 at 03:01

    It looks like someone trying to cosplay Bale’s suit on a very tight budget.

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  11. NOLA

    May 14, 2019 at 16:32

    “holy overreacting batman” There is no way that this costume is worse than the bat-nipples costume. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/cd25515d31e1b51369006f86a53074a7452984289d39f0540bb9c7731288f096.jpg

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