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Prop and Wardrobe Secrets From 'The Dark Knight' Trilogy

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Batman BeginsThe Dark Knight, and The Dark Knight Rises have some of the coolest costumes and props ever put on screen, so much so that people are willing to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars for these items. The batsuit, for instance, commanded a quarter million dollars at auction. To learn the story behind the batsuit's creation (and eventual sale) and that of the other iconic bat-prefixed equipment, check out the following prop and wardrobe secrets from The Dark Knight trilogy.

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  • 1. The 'Dark Knight' Batsuit Was Made Of 200 Individual Pieces Of Fiberglass, Rubber, Metallic Mesh, And Nylon 

    Photo: The Dark Knight / Warner Bros. Pictures

    From an interview with The Dark Knight's costume designer Lindy Hemming in Entertainment Weekly:

    The new suit is made of 200 individual pieces of rubber, fiberglass, and nylon and metallic mesh. Bruce Wayne’s work duds now have a stylish texture, suggesting they’re made with sophisticated new technology. ”I thought it would make it more interesting to look at and wonder about,” says Hemming, adding that the stretchy rubber lines also help bind the costume to Bale’s body.

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  • 2. The Joker Was Dressed Like The Sex Pistols' Johnny Rotten

    From an interview with The Dark Knight's costume designer Lindy Hemming in IGN.com:

    Hemming says another element of inspiration came from the world of punk rock. "You say, 'What's the rationale for him being able to dress like this?' That's when I started looking at the pop world and I ended up looking at the Sex Pistols and Johnny Rotten," says Hemming. "I was just thinking, 'Well, there are plenty of guys out there who actually are as extreme as this, and there's nothing wrong with doing it.' You've got to make it look like someone really dresses like this. It can't just be, 'Hello, I'm putting on my costume.' It's got to be wherever he lives and whatever he's been doing, he's been wearing that."

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  • 3. Bane's Mask Was Designed To Look Like A Gorilla Baring Its Teeth

    From The Dark Knight Rises' costume designer Lindy Hemming via Collider:

    I wanted it to be like an animal. I wanted it to have an animalistic feeling, and I looked at things like Silverback Gorillas and snarling teeth and fangs coming up and fangs coming down.

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  • 4. A Collector Bought The 'Dark Knight' Batsuit For $250,000

    Photo: The Dark Knight / Warner Bros. Pictures

    From Lisa Fleisher of Bloomberg:

    A private collector bought a batsuit worn by Christian Bale in The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises for £192,000 ($250,000). 

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