It's no secret that I love, no LOVE
, Chris Nolan's "Dark Knight Trilogy." I also am quite fond of the New 52 Batman's Batsuit. Thus, I'm very happy to know that the great Jim Lee was very much inspired by the latter when designing the latter. Here's what Mr. Lee had to say about The Dark Knight's New 52 threads via a great interview with my good friend Mark Hughes via his Forbes.com blog
My take on the Batman costume is, I was blown away by the Chris Nolan movies, and I loved the fact that he was trying to ground it in as much realism as possible — it just made a lot of sense for the character. And the thing is, DC had tried an all-gray costume before — I want to say in the late-‘80s, maybe, early-‘90s? — without the blue trunks, and it kind of didn’t work; it was a little bland. And I think by adding the textures [with] the full Kevlar or carbon fiber, whatever he’s got going on there, it just created some visual interest to the costume that still allowed him to be dark and shadowy, but also kind of break up the shape a little so that he looked more menacing in a very graphic way.
DC'S New 52 Batman by Jim Lee
For Mark's full "Batman 75" interview with Jim Lee, click on the link provided above. Also, I was able to hook Mark up with the fine folks from Warner Bros., who were at Wondercon to premiere the new animated Batman film, SON OF BATMAN. As a result of those strings pulled, you can CLICK HERE to read Mark's review of the film for BOF, as well has his interviews with members of the cast and crew.