Batman 75: Movie Costumes


After visiting the “Batcave” on the Warners Bros. VIP Studio Tour in Burbank, California the 75th anniversary of the first appearance of Batman in May 1939 in Detective Comics #27 continued at the Batman 75 exhibit museum. This is a treasure trove of Batman costumes and props across the 7 Batman movies released between 1989 and 2012. During that period 4 actors donned the cape and cowl to portray Batman: Michael Keaton (2 movies), Val Kilmer, George Clooney and Christian Bale (3 movies).

Batman 75th anniversary
Happy Birthday Batman!

The first thing you see in the Batman 75 Exhibit museum is a display case full of all the Batman movie cowls. Impressive to say the least!

Batman Cowls Batman 75 Exhibit Warner Bros VIP Tour
The first thing you see is all of these cowls. Quite an impressive display!
Batman Cowls Batman 75 Exhibit Warner Bros VIP Tour
Every Batman movie cowl

 

BATMAN (1989)

My Favourite Batman movie. Tim Burton delivered a true Dark Knight. Batman: Michael Keaton vs. The Joker: Jack Nicholson.

Batman 1989 Michael Keaton The Joker publicity shot
Batman and The Joker (Batman 1989)
Michael Keaton as Batman (1989)
Michael Keaton as Batman (1989)
Batman (1989) Warner Bros VIP Tour Batman 75 Exhibit
Batman (1989)
Warner Bros VIP Tour Batman 75 Exhibit Batman The Joker
Batman vs. The Joker
Warner Bros VIP Tour Batman 75 Exhibit batman joker
Have you ever danced with the Devil in the pale moonlight?

 

BATMAN RETURNS (1992)

An excellent sequel by Tim Burton that was even darker and more brooding than the first. Batman: Michael Keaton vs. The Penguin: Danny DeVito and Catwoman: Michelle Pfieffer.

Batman Returns 1992
Batman Returns
Michael Keaton and Batman co-creator Bob Kane on the set of Batman Returns 1992
Michael Keaton and Batman co-creator Bob Kane on the set of Batman Returns 1992
Batman Returns 1992 costumes Warner Bros VIP Tour Batman 75 Exhibit
Batman Returns (1992)
Danny DeVito as The Penguin - Batman Returns
Danny DeVito as The Penguin / Oswald Cobblepot – Batman Returns
Batman Returns The Penguin Batman 75 Exhibit Warner Bros
Batman Returns – The Penguin and his minions
Michelle Pfeiffer as Catwoman in Batman Returns 1992
Michelle Pfeiffer as Catwoman in Batman Returns
Catwoman suit - Batman Returns (1992) Batman 75 Exhibit
Catwoman suit – Batman Returns (1992)
Catwoman suit Batman Returns batman 75 exhibit warner bros VIP tour USA
Michelle Pfieffer almost made the Catwoman suit as famous as the Batsuit

 

BATMAN FOREVER (1995)

A new Batman dons the cape and cowl in this more cartoony version of the caped crusader. Batman: Val Kilmer is joined by Robin: Chris O’Donnell to team up against Two-Face (Harvey Dent): Tommy Lee Jones and The Riddler: Jim Carrey.

Val Kilmer in Batman Forever 1995
Val Kilmer in Batman Forever 1995
Batman and Robin (Batman Forever 1995)
Batman and Robin (Batman Forever 1995)
Two Face & The Riddler - Batman Forever 1995
Two Face & The Riddler – Batman Forever 1995
Batman Forever (1995) Warner Bros VIP Tour
Batman Forever (1995)
Batman & Robin suits - Batman Forever
Batman & Robin suits – Batman Forever
Two Face & The Riddler - Batman Forever Batman 75 Exhibit Warner Bros 2014
Two Face & The Riddler – Batman Forever

 

BATMAN & ROBIN (1997)

The least popular in the movie series still had a colourful and interesting cast of characters. Batman: George Clooney and Robin: Chris O’Donnell are joined by Batgirl: Alicia Silverstone to take on Mr. Freeze: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Poison Ivy: Uma Thurman and Bane: Jeep Swenson.

George Clooney as Batman in Batman & Robin 1997
George Clooney as Batman in Batman & Robin 1997
Batgirl, Robin and Batman (Batman & Robin 1997)
Batgirl, Robin and Batman (Batman & Robin 1997)
Robin & Batgirl Batman & Robin 1997
Robin & Batgirl
Poison Ivy & Mr. Freeze Batman & Robin 1997
Poison Ivy & Mr. Freeze
Batman & Robin (1997) costumes Warner Bros
Batman & Robin (1997)
Robin, Batman & Batgirl Batman & Robin 1997 suits Warner Bros
Robin, Batman & Batgirl
George Clooney's batsuit with the infamous nipples!
George Clooney’s batsuit with the infamous nipples!
Poison Ivy & Mr. Freeze costumes batman & robin 1997 Warner Bros Batman 75 Exhibit
Bane mask, Poison Ivy & Mr. Freeze
Batman & Robin 1997 props warner bros studio tour
Batman & Robin props

 

BATMAN BEGINS (2005)

The excellent reboot to the series by Christopher Nolan was what all Batman fans had hoped for. Batman: Christian Bale vs. Ra’s al Ghul: Liam Neeson and Scarecrow: Cillian Murphy.

Christian Bale as Batman
Christian Bale as Batman
Ra's al Ghul and Scarecrow Batman Begins 2005
Ra’s al Ghul and Scarecrow
Batman Begins (2005) Batman 75 Exhibit Warner Bros VIP Tour
Batman Begins (2005)
Batman Begins (2005) Batman 75 Exhibit Warner Bros VIP Tour Scarecrow batsuit
Batman Begins (2005) featuring Scarecrow
Batman Begins - up close with the Batsuit
Batman Begins – up close with the Batsuit

 

THE DARK KNIGHT (2008)

A sequel that excelled the first with a stand out character in the menacing Joker. It was a winner. Batman: Christian Bale vs. The Joker: Heath Ledger, Harvey Dent who becomes Two Face: Aaron Eckart and a reappearance by Scarecrow: Cillian Murphy.

The Dark Knight: The Joker, Batman & Harvey Dent
The Dark Knight: The Joker, Batman & Harvey Dent
Heath Ledger was a stand out as The Joker The Dark Knight Batman
Heath Ledger was a stand out as The Joker
The Dark Knight (2008) Warner Bros VIP Tour Batman 75 Exhibit California
The Dark Knight (2008)
The Dark Knight and his nemesis the joker
The Dark Knight and his nemesis
Warner Bros VIP Tour Batman 75 Exhibit
Props, costumes and displays celebrating 75 years of the Batman

 

THE DARK KNIGHT RISES (2012)

The end of the excellent Christopher Nolan trilogy wasn’t as strong as its predecessors but still an excellent movie. Batman: Christian Bale vs. Bane: Tom Hardy with the reintroduction of Catwoman: Anne Hathaway too.

Batman The Dark Knight Rises 2012
The Dark Knight Rises
Bane Catwoman The Dark Knight Rises (2012) costumes Warner Bros VIP tour Batman 75
The Dark Knight Rises (2012) – Bane & Catwoman
Christian Bale as Bruce Wayne in the Batcave Dark Knight Rises 2012 Batsuit
Christian Bale as Bruce Wayne in the Batcave
Dark Knight Batman suit Batman 75 Exhibit Warner Bros VIP Tour
My Bruce Wayne Dark Knight moment

The only downside of this Warner Bros. VIP Tour was that you only got about 25 minutes in the museum. This was enough for the casual fan but unfortunately nowhere near enough for a Batman devotee (there was actually a Harry Potter section upstairs but I was the only person in my tour group to never even make it up there. It was all about the Bat for me)! Regardless it was a great experience.

Now we wait patiently for Batman vs. Superman in 2016 with Ben Affleck donning the cape and cowl. Long live the Batman!

Batman vs. Superman (2016) Batmobile Ben Affleck
Batman vs. Superman (2016)
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