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Batman Returns…To His Hush-Era Costume

A return to the classic Bat-costume (Batman #55 cover art by Tony S. Daniel DC Comics) cropped

Batman to Return to Classic Jim Lee Costume

Batman is having a hard time adjusting to being left at the altar. It seems that too many things remind him of Selina Kyle. This includes the suit he’s worn since the end of the Snyder/Capullo run on Batman. So, what is a man to do when even his costume reminds him of his ex?

A return to the classic Bat-costume (Batman #55 cover art by Tony S. Daniel/DC Comics)
A return to the classic Bat-costume (Batman #55 cover art by Tony S. Daniel/DC Comics)

Break out an old classic, of course.

In what seems to be an interesting way of dealing with his feelings, Batman will be returning to a classic costume. Starting in Batman #55, Bruce Wayne will be donning the costume he wore in Hush. Originally designed by Jim Lee for that storyline, it also marks a return to a more classic look for the Dark Knight. This includes a utility belt with pouches, and trunks for the first time since 2011. The issue will be drawn by Tony S. Daniel. 

Tom King Becomes Batman’s Fashion Guru

Current series writer Tom King was interviewed by Screen Rant at San Diego Comic-Con about this. King said: 

“There’s big ideas and small ideas. The small idea, the in-story idea, is that at the end of this arc… Batman decides he needs to rebuild himself. Well, two things. He’s like, ‘I can’t wear the costume I was in when I was with her.’ You ever have that moment, where you just can’t wear your favorite t-shirt because it reminds you of that girl, or reminds you of that dude? And then he says, ‘I want to go back to classic, I want to go back to where I was, I want to remember how I built this whole system. And I want to remember who I am.’ So he goes back to the classic costume.”

King also revealed there is a personal and aesthetic decision behind this return:

“So that’s the in-story reason. The out of story reason… I just think you can’t improve on perfection. To me, my kids, when they close their eyes, what they see as Batman is they see that. They see the trunks, they see the cape, they see the bat. And when they close their eyes, what they see as Superman is what Bendis is doing with Superman. That’s some sort of ideal version that almost lives in the Platonic part of our brain, and we’re bringing that back into DC… embracing that history of what superheroes mean to this country, and what they mean to our people, and what they mean to you as fans.”

So, Bat-fans, what do you think about this costume’s return? Sound off in the comments below.


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    • Not necessarily.

      While the main components of the costume had similar parts over the year, the styling has been different.

      The Hush era suit (which I think goes through Morrison’s run until Batman Inc) has a specific style of the Bat symbol, belt, coloring, ear size, etc.

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