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The best Batman cosplay on the internet

It's the cosplay the internet needs.


Gavia Baker-Whitelaw

Internet Culture

Published Sep 10, 2016   Updated May 26, 2021, 1:24 am CDT

Batman is one of the most cosplayed characters on the planet, so competition is fierce. You can buy a fiendishly accurate Batman costume online (or even the actual batsuit Christian Bale wore in The Dark Knight), but to really stand out from the crowd, you need to get creative.

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After scouring the internet for truly ingenious Batman cosplay ideas, we’ve put together a list of the best.

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The ultimate, fully function batsuit

Julian Checkley’s home made batsuit holds the Guinness world record for “most functional gadgets in a cosplay suit,” featuring 23 gadgets including a bluetooth tracking batarang and a fireball launcher.

Steampunk Batman

Steampunk remixes are a convention staple, so we have two honorable mentions in this category. First is this “Iron Bat” costume with expanding wings, and the next is this retro-inspired steampunk version of the 1960s TV batsuit. (We recommend checking out the entire image gallery, because this steampunk Batman came with friends.)

Sweded Batman

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“Sweding” is the term for making intentionally clunky fan films, recreating a trailer or movie with cheap home made props and costumes. This sweded remake of The Dark Knight trailer features some memorably crappy cosplay, including a Batman costume that looks like a black bedsheet.

Llama Batman

At the Indiana State Fair in 2013, someone decided to dress a llama as Batman. That’s really all you need to know.

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Medieval Batman

Built by professional armorers at the Prince Armory in Dallas, this historical remix of the batsuit is genuinely intimidating. It’s jet black with just a hint of Nazgul, ready to strike fear into the hearts of medieval supervillains.

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Genderbent Batman

This could honestly be an entire category to itself, featuring masterpieces like the genderbent Justice League team photoshoot at 2011’s San Diego Comic-Con. However, we’re especially impressed with this traditional Batman armor cosplay, which looks like a real movie costume in its own right.

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Lego Batman

Last but not least, here’s an eye-catching Batman costume that you might actually be able to build for yourself. Armed with cardboard boxes, a hot glue gun, and some painting skill, you can recreate one of the funniest characters from The Lego Movie.

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*First Published: Sep 10, 2016, 8:00 am CDT