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BATMAN ORIGINAL MOVIE BATMAN COSTUME (MICHAEL KEATON)

Updated: November 29, 2023

A Batsuit costume worn by Michael Keaton as "Bruce Wayne / Batman" in the legendary comic book film Batman Returns ( Warner Brothers, 1992 ).

The costume contains original elements that have been professionally restored to production-level quality, including a foam rubber chest plate with attached shoulder and upper arm armor, a black foam latex cowl, and a foam rubber waist piece with upper leg armor.

Also featured are professional replica components to complete this production-level Batsuit, including a yellow and black cast resin bat emblem, black leather gloves with attached foam spikes, a yellow resin belt with elastic backing and interlocking button clasp built into the front buckle, lower leg and knee foam armor, foam boot covers with Velcro and custom-designed bat symbols, calf-high lace up boots, a painted black nylon bodysuit, and a cape composed of black latex with interior fabric lining.

The boots are done in a retro style of Air Jordan VI sneakers. These are the same type of sneakers that Keaton wore while filming Batman Returns in 1991, the same year the shoes debuted. Nike gave a custom overhaul to the basketball shoes in a murdered-out colorway, allowing the Caped Crusader to roam through Gotham City in style.

The Batsuit used in the first Tim Burton film featured more human-like characteristics, particularly around the pectoral and abdomen area. For the sequel, Burton wanted the Batsuit updated to a sharper, sleeker design. Taking inspiration from the art deco movement, the resulting suit had a highly sculpted look, almost resembling an Oscar statue. This is why the chest plate features more severe, machine-like contours. Sculptor Steve Wang and his team took costume designers Bob Ringwood and Mary Vogt's designs and imparted a multi-step process to create Batsuits for the film. The process started with a fiberglass body cast, on top of which was applied a layer of sculpting clay, from which a mold was formed and used to create the final foam latex suit.

Batman Returns was released on June 19, 1992 and grossed $45.7 million during its opening weekend - the highest grossing opening weekend in history at that time. The film is commonly regarded today as one of the best ( if not the best ) Batman film ever made. Costume Measures: 28 x 73.5 x 20 inches.

Value: $60,000.


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