Day Two: Favourite Batman costume?
I’m not quite sure what exactly this is asking, but I’m assuming it has to do with the different designs of Batman’s suits over the years, so I’m going to treat it as such. Batman certainly has had a lot of different types of costumes since his creation in 1939. So many, in fact, that it may be hard to choose one that trumps all the others. There is one, however, that’s always stuck out in my mind as being iconic, and when it’s imitated it always catches my eye.
Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns is one of those comics that changed comics. It is challenging and stimulating, but it also appeals to the eyes in a way that other books—including other Frank Miller Batman books—simply cannot. A lot of what makes TDKR so great stems from Miller’s decision to write as well as pencil the book (at the time, Miller was more prominently known as an artist). His design for Batman in and out of the costume is totally different from anything that had been seen before the book’s release. Miller’s take is highly stylized, with Batman being older than the audience was used to seeing. Batman is very wide and barrel-chested, and the bat symbol on the front is massive. Instead of the sharp points and curves that influenced, well, every version of Batman ever, Miller’s elderly Batman is very broad, simple and in your face. Batman’s cowl is equipped with short ears, which is also very different from the almost cartoony long, sharp, pointed ears that Batman artists drew in the 1980s. It’s grim and dark, and it perfectly contrasts the book’s Robin costume, as worn by Carrie Kelly.
I absolutely love it:
I also really like Jim Lee’s homage to this Batman costume as he drew it in another Frank Miller-scribed comic All-Star Batman and Robin, the Boy Wonder, which is supposed to act as a sort of prequel to TDKR:
I won’t comment on the actual content of that book, but everyone agrees the art is beautiful.