"Batman Begins" Production Notes

  • "I looked at the great comics and graphic novels through the history of Batman to try and distill the essence of what those extraordinary pictures and drawings were saying about what Batman should look like." - "Batman Begins" director Christopher Nolan on creating a new Batsuit
  • Because the matte black finish of the Batsuit got visibly dirty so easily, two crew members had to constantly follow actor Christian Bale around the set wiping smudges off the suit during filming.
  • The Batsuit for "Batman Begins" was created by costume designer Lindy Hemming ("Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets," "Lara Croft: Tomb Raider"). Costume design was such a huge part of the production that the film crew built a village of trailers just for costumers and chemists to do their work in. This village came to be known as "Cape Town."

The Armor

The main element of the Batsuit is a modified, advanced infantry armor system called the Nomax Survival Suit. Like many pieces of the Batsuit, the Nomax Suit was developed by the Applied Science Division of Wayne Enterprises. (The exact nature of Batman's relationship with Wayne Enterprises is unclear at this point.)

The base of the Nomax Survival Suit is a neoprene undersuit, much like a SCUBA diver wears. This undersuit basically functions as waterproof, light armor with temperature-regulating elements that maintain the body's temperature and keep muscles from freezing up in the field. There are six pieces of over-armor that attach to the undersuit:

  • Knee guards
  • Calf guards
  • Leg armor
  • Arm guards
  • A full-torso vest
  • A spine guard

Batman has augmented the over-armor with his custom-designed, scalloped-brass forearm gauntlets (painted matte black, of course). These gauntlets, along with his Kevlar gloves, make Batman's arms a viable defensive or offensive weapon. His gauntlets allow him to protect himself against bladed weapons like swords or knives. The armor and scalloped blades also add extra power and pain to Batman's strikes.