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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    The 'Dark Knight' Batsuit Actually Shoots Out Razor Blades

    The 'Dark Knight' Batsuit Actually Shoots Out Razor Blades
    Photo: The Dark Knight Rises / Warner Bros. Pictures

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

    The razors on Batman’s forearms are actually part of the suit. (His gloves tuck into the sleeves of the suit.) They’re retractable, and yep, they’re weapons. ”They shoot at people!” says Hemming with a Jokersesque laugh.

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

    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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    Unlike Previous Catsuits, The 'Dark Knight Rises' Catsuit Wasn't Designed To Look Sexual, It Was Designed To Be Practical

    Unlike Previous Catsuits, The 'Dark Knight Rises' Catsuit Wasn't Designed To Look Sexual, It Was Designed To Be Practical
    Photo: The Dark Knight Rises / Warner Bros. Pictures

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

    ...We made it ourselves by screenprinting the underlayer and putting a very thin silky overlayer on, because wanted to keep her very, very lithe, very, very creeping about, not robotic or anything like that, and we didn’t want it to be rubbery, shiny like the previous Michelle Pfeiffer suit, we didn’t want it to have any implication of it being a bondage or a sex kind of suit.  It was to be something functional that you wear when you’re trying to creep about in the dark and not be visible basically.

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    Bane's Coat Is A Cross Between A Classic Swedish Army Jacket And A French Revolution Frock Coat 

    Bane's Coat Is A Cross Between A Classic Swedish Army Jacket And A French Revolution Frock Coat 
    Photo: The Dark Knight Rises / Warner Bros. Pictures

    From an interview with The Dark Knight Rises' costume designer Lindy Hemming in GQ but reported by SuperHeroHype.com:

    “Bane was meant to look like a cross between a dictator and a revolutionary,” she said. “I designed the coat myself – it took a year. We took inspiration from a Swedish army jacket and a French Revolution frock coat and amalgamated the two. It was a pain to have made, because in LA shearling is not their sort of thing: there weren’t the tailors who could work with the fabric. It’s funny: as soon as it was finished, GQ did a feature about shearling coats, so it looked like I had copied you!”