Brian’s “The Batman vs. James Bond Show” is one of the most entertaining and informative podcasts out there for fans of either franchise, covering everything related to 007’s and The Dark Knight’s films, comics, books, gadgets, music and clothes. Brian releases a new podcast every Tuesday. We asked Brian to share his 5 favorite Bruce Wayne-Batman looks with us. Below each of his choices we’ve provided some affordable alternatives to help you capture the style.
Brian’s 5 Favorite Bruce Wayne-Batman Looks
“Who are you?”
This scene from Tim Burton’s 1989 film still gives me chills every time I watch Batman deliver that line to the street thug he’s holding off the side a building. From the first time I watched Batman (1989) as a kid, I was instantly hooked on the character of The Dark Knight. Batman goes by so many different nicknames: The Dark Knight, The Caped Crusader, and even The World’s Greatest Detective. He also goes by another name, which is easily one of the world’s worst kept secrets: Bruce Wayne. What makes the character of Batman/Bruce Wayne so fascinating is that 1. He has no superpowers, so Batman could be anyone; 2. In order to protect his identity, Bruce Wayne has to live a double life as a billionaire/playboy by day. The big question is: how would he dress to avoid suspicion and avoid someone realizing that he is indeed Batman?
In style of course. Now don’t get me wrong. I love the Batsuit. But I truly believe that Bruce Wayne might have one of the best tastes in fashion of all the superheroes out there. Bruce Wayne can go from wearing a custom made three piece suit while partying with the rich and powerful in Gotham City, to tracking the Joker’s next terror threat in the Batcave (when he’s supposed to be running Wayne Enterprises) in sophisticated, yet casual attire. Throughout this article, we’ll take a closer look at some of the fashion styles of Bruce Wayne as portrayed by Michael Keaton, Christian Bale and Ben Affleck.
Michael Keaton’s turtleneck in Batman (1989) and Batman Returns
As I mentioned earlier, I’m a huge fan of Tim Burton’s Batman (1989) film. So it should come as no surprise that one of my favorite Michael Keaton Bruce Wayne looks is his black turtleneck outfit. In both Batman and Batman Returns, Keaton’s go to outfit was a black turtleneck with denim jeans that he usually wore while in the Batcave. From what I have observed, the turtleneck worn appears to be a merino wool sweater. While simple, I think it’s something that every fan of Batman should own. Editor: let’s not forget that Clooney’s and Kilmer’s Bruce Waynes also wore one! Or maybe we do want to forget those movies ….
Create the Look
- Sweater: Shephe Cashmere Turtleneck Sweater, $139.00
- Jeans: Levi’s 501s in Dark Stonewash, $30.40 to $69.50
- Shoes: New Balance 574 Luxe in Black with Tan, on sale for $69.99
- Glasses: Art Craft Art-Bilt Rimway with Cable Temples in Yellow Gold, on sale for $144.48
Christian Bale’s long sleeve interlock polo in The Dark Knight
Now as I mentioned earlier, when Bruce Wayne is not fighting crime on the streets of Gotham City, by day he is also a billionaire/playboy extraordinaire. And in my personal opinion, no one has played this part better than Christian Bale. Throughout Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Trilogy, Bale’s preferred outfit wasn’t always a tailored suit, but a long sleeve polo as seen above. In this scene from The Dark Knight, Bale wore a burgundy long sleeve polo shirt with a pair of slim-straight leg indigo denim jeans.
Create the Look
- Sweater: Vince Camuto Core Knit Polo Shirt in Berry, on sale for $59.99
- Jeans: Levi’s 511s in Dark Hollow Stretch, $24.90 to $69.50
- Shoes: Herring Shoes Campden Chukka Boot in Brown Suede, $200.00
- Watch: Orient Classic Quartz Chronograph FTVAA004S, $249.00
Christian Bale’s patterned robe in The Dark Knight Rises
For those of you that like to lounge around your very own Wayne Manor in style after a busy week of work, a pair of sweats just won’t do. To take it to the next level of loungewear, a men’s dressing gown is a must own. In The Dark Knight Rises, Christian Bale’s Bruce Wayne was in multiple scenes of the movie wearing a personalized patterned robe before returning back into action to save Gotham City.
Create the Look
Editor: This was a tough one. Like James Bond’s robe from SPECTRE, I’m pretty sure Bale’s robe is a vintage, one-of-a-kind job. Which means your best bet is to either scour Ebay or Etsy until a close one comes up or go custom. Right now, I couldn’t find anything in that green paisley/orange trim combo. But remember: patience is key!
- On the left: Vintage 50s State O Maine Atomic Brocade Silk Robe, $164.95 OBO on Ebay
- On the right: Baturina Homewear Royal Burgundy Gold Baroque Made to Order Dressing Gown, €310.00
Ben Affleck’s textured suit vest in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
Normally when you’re on the way to the office you might have to deal with a little rush hour traffic. But Ben Affleck’s Bruce Wayne wasn’t so fortunate. In the opening of Batman v Superman, he had to drive through an alien battle in downtown Metropolis. However, he was still able to achieve a suave and sophisticated look in his blue dress shirt, tie and textured vest. While Affleck’s costume was mainly designed by Gucci, this outfit is very easy to replicate with any designer brand lighter blue button down shirt, a navy colored tie, a navy vest, and a pair of navy pants.
Create the Look
- Suit: Skopes Joss Jacket (£110.00), Skopes Joss Trousers (£60.00) and Skopes Joss Waistcoat (£49.95)
- Shirt: Charles Tyrwhitt Slim Fit Egyptian Cotton Cavalry Twill Blue Shirt, on sale for $52.00
- Tie: Aklasu Navy Blue Grenadine Silk Tie, $68.00
- Shoes: Johnston & Murphy Nolan Cap Toe in Black Calf, $225.00
- Watch: Bulova Silver White Dial Quartz Watch, on sale for $119.00
Christian Bale’s Batsuit in Batman Begins
Did you really think I would write an article about Batman/Bruce Wayne style and not mention the most important suit in the collection? Out of all of the live action Batman movies, my personal favorite Batsuit is definitely the one worn in Batman Begins. When it came to rebooting The Batman franchise, Christopher Nolan not only gave us a new interpretation of a character that had been portrayed many times before. He also went straight back to basics. This Batsuit in particular is a representation of just that. Gone were the days of oversized bat ears on the batcowl and batnipples, and in was a military grade nomex survival suit with a memory cloth cape. And yes Mr. Wayne, it did come in black.
Create the Look
Editor: Alright, I’ll give it a go. How about:
This custom suit from UD Replicas for $2072.00 …
plus this cowl from iconicfx on Ebay for $179.99 …
plus this cape from ascosing on Ebay for $70.10?
Wow! Batman’s suit is actually cheaper than a typical Tom Ford suit! Unless you decide to go all out that is.
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