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Old September 1 2012, 05:33 PM   #1
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Why is batman always black in the films?

So fine, I understand why he was in the 90s films, but he could have been in grey in batman begins.
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Saw this picture somewhere which proves it would have worked ok. Or he could just wear a rubberish costume like spider-man. What do you all think, do you think he could have worked in grey, or do you think he's better wearing black?

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Old September 1 2012, 05:48 PM   #2
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Re: Why is batman always black in the films?

black...

Batman is constantly hiding in shadows, using the night / darkness to his advantage... having the darkest colour for his costume makes perfect sense... having a grey or rubber costume that could show up or reflect light, doesn't make sense at all when you're relying on hiding in shadows away from people...

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Old September 1 2012, 06:49 PM   #3
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Re: Why is batman always black in the films?

Well... he hasn't always worn black in the films...

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Old September 1 2012, 06:56 PM   #4
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Holy Bat-Codpieces Batman!

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Old September 1 2012, 06:57 PM   #5
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Re: Why is batman always black in the films?

I hate you, Christopher.
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Old September 1 2012, 07:06 PM   #6
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Well, guess it's back to therapy for me. Thanks a bunch, Christopher!
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Old September 1 2012, 07:49 PM   #7
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Re: Why is batman always black in the films?

Green Lantern wrote: View Post
So fine, I understand why he was in the 90s films, but he could have been in grey in batman begins.

Saw this picture somewhere which proves it would have worked ok. Or he could just wear a rubberish costume like spider-man. What do you all think, do you think he could have worked in grey, or do you think he's better wearing black?
I think it would work fine. I also thought Galactus should have looked like a giant humanoid and an actual muscleman should be cast as Superman for once, but nobody listens to me.

Hollywood costumers refuse to do anything that will look silly when they're trying to do a "serious" film. Bats's original costume looks like he's wearing underwear over pants, so you'll never see that on the big screen again, and an armored bodysuit that's flat gray wouldn't look menacing or dramatic enough.

Like I said, I think you're right. I'm just not going to hold my breath waiting for Hollywood to agree.
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Old September 1 2012, 08:01 PM   #8
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Re: Why is batman always black in the films?

Alan Moore did a forward to dark Knight returns where he claims that batman dressed the kid up in bright primary colours to attract the attention of snipers away from his hiding in the shadows ass.

more so.

From my own Brain.

Batman doesn't just think that all criminals are cowards but considering he's using a 9 year old in his tighty greenies as a decoy he must believe that all criminals are homosexual paedophiles.
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Old September 1 2012, 09:35 PM   #9
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Christian Bale, George Clooney, Val Kilmer and Michael Keaton are black?!
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Old September 1 2012, 09:44 PM   #10
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Christian Bale, George Clooney, Val Kilmer and Michael Keaton are black?!
You didn't know they were "passing?" Sure fooled you!
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Old September 1 2012, 09:45 PM   #11
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I remember back in the early '90s or thereabouts, I was trying to think of someone who'd make a good live-action Batman in a TV series (other than Kevin Conroy, who I think could've pulled it off in live action at one point), and my leading candidate was Michael Dorn. I didn't see any reason why Bruce Wayne had to be Caucasian -- although it could add some interesting complications from the standpoint of economic class and social status. It would certainly have added some new subtext to any story where the police were hunting Batman down.

(Although it's unlikely any TV network would've been willing to explore such racial issues. The '90s pilot M.A.N.T.I.S. with Carl Lumbly was a heavy-handed but decent attempt to do a superhero show with a nearly all-black cast and deal with issues like gang violence and race-baiting politics, but in the weekly series that followed, the concept was rebooted from the ground up and the racial angle was entirely dropped. Lumbly was still the lead character, but he was part of a biracial cast and any racial issues were ignored in favor of doing "What if Iron Man were Batman?" And then halfway through the season, they ditched the crime-and-corruption angle and went for sheer way-out gonzo sci-fi weirdness, so that it was "What if Iron Man were Silver Age Batman?")
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Old September 1 2012, 09:49 PM   #12
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Old September 1 2012, 10:00 PM   #13
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^I don't think it's at all appropriate to post that image. It's blatantly racist. Please take it down.
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Old September 1 2012, 10:05 PM   #14
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i thought it was a bit risque, but posted it for humor, not for the racism...

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Old September 1 2012, 10:11 PM   #15
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There was no humor in it. Thank you for removing it.
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