7 Batman: Arkham City costumes we want to see

We’ve loved our time within the confines of Arkham City, but one thing has really bothered us: Batman can order up all sorts of new gadgets and upgrades by remote, but he never changes out of that one Batsuit, no matter how much of a beating he takes. Rocksteady even seemed prepared to counter this by putting seven alternate outfits into the game (even though you can’t wear them until you start a New Game+). The choices were fairly obvious fan-favorites, but they provided a good glimpse at the Dark Knight’s ever-expanding cowl closet. That said, the alternate outfits in Arkham City barely scratch the surface of the dozens of variations Batman’s costume has seen over the years. (And yeah, we're aware modders have already picked up the slack on the PC front, but their palette-swapping efforts don't help console gamers much.)

With that in mind, we took a look at more than 70 years of Batman stories to see if there were any notable gems Rocksteady forgot about.  From alternate histories to parallel worlds, these are the Batsuits we’d like to see in Arkham City.

1. Green/White/Black Lantern Batman

There’s already a Sinestro Corps outfit available for the unlucky owners of Green Lantern on Blu-ray, which makes it even more baffling that Batman’s brief moments as a Green, White and Black Lantern have been excluded from the game. Seeing as he spent roughly the same amount of time with each faction in the comics, there’s no obvious reason why the Yellow Lantern outfit made the initial cut over the others. Especially when you consider all it would take is a simple palette swap.

Though it could be said that Batman does most fit in with the Sinestro Corps’ mentality of being able to instill great fear, there is nothing more terrifying than a zombie Batman. Well, other than a Joel Schumacher Batman.

2. Movie Batman

Has there been a better Batman than George Clooney? Yes. Yes there has. Both Michael Keaton and Christian Bale have carved out their own corners when it comes to memorable portrayals of the Dark Knight, and it would be awesome to get to don the costumes from the iconic films Batman (1989) and Batman Begins. What Rocksteady did for Batman’s popularity when it comes to gaming, the Tim Burton and Christopher Nolan films have done when it comes to the movie-going public.

Keaton’s outfit, all black save for the classic yellow symbol, was the first perfect representation of what Batman’s suit would look like in real life. While Bale’s may be more practical and better thought-out, it’s just as stylish and sleek, and both uniforms would translate well to the world of Rocksteady’s Batman.

3. Batzarro

Who am the world’s worst detective? Batzarro! Like Superman’s imperfect clone/parallel-world counterpart Bizarro, Batzarro is the opposite of Batman in every respect. Batzarro killed his own parents, and unlike our Earth’s quiet and contemplative Bruce Wayne, Batzarro never stops talking. His costume is reversed as well, and features a cowl with no eyes, a utility belt worn upside-down with pockets open, and in true Bizarro World fashion, an inverted Bat-symbol on his chest.

It would be even more interesting if Rocksteady also forced you to use the tools of Batzarro’s trade instead of the traditional Batman accoutrements. Then again, having a big chain as your primary weapon might make the game as frustrating as trying to hold a conversation with someone who am not coming from a place where they all don’t talk like this.

4. Cossack Batman

What happens when Superman’s rocket from Krypton arrives on Earth twelve hours earlier? You get Red Son, the Elesworlds story where Kal-El is raised in Soviet Russia, and grows up to bring the ideals of Stalin to the world. You also get the Cold War version of a Russian Batman, or as we’ve come to know him: Batmanski. More practically attired than most other Batmen on this list, Red Son Batman works in an outfit fashioned from military attire of the time. The Bat-symbol and cape are still present, as you’ve got to have some style when trying to inspire revolution against the state.

Let’s be honest, though: The real reason we want Red Son Batman in Arkham City is because of the hat. When you drop down into a dark alley in the middle of Gotham, nothing says “badass” like a fuzzy ushanka.


  • shaun-blyth - November 3, 2011 12:54 p.m.

    night-claw seriously? I'd rather see the animated continuity justice lords batman costume with the big silver bat symbol on the chest that suit looked awesome.
  • PretzelBoy - October 30, 2011 5:31 p.m.

    No Rainbow Batman?
  • SolCross - October 29, 2011 7:12 p.m.

    Knight of Vengeance would be awesome. In my opinion, he was one of the highlights of Flashpoint.
  • CitizenWolfie - October 29, 2011 1:50 a.m.

    Cossack Batman needs to happen! Otherwise I'd like to see Adam West/60s Batman, Kryptonite suit Batman (Dark Knight Returns), The Bat-Man (crappy cricket bat suit from Superman: True Brit) and finally Arkham Asylum (the Morrison/McKean comic) Batman which is pretty much a badass shadow. And if the had the Arkham Asylum one, maybe they could have "That" Joker as playable challenge maps again:
  • CitizenWolfie - October 29, 2011 2:10 a.m.

    By the way, on the subject of costumes, I really, REALLY want to see the Michelle Pfieffer Catwoman make a DLC appearence. That's probably my favourite "superhero" costume outside of Power Girl.
  • ObliqueZombie - October 29, 2011 12:30 a.m.

    And I thought Japanese animes were hard to follow.
  • MrSuitMan - October 28, 2011 11:10 p.m.

    Awww.. none of the Return of Bruce Wayne costumes? Cavebat, Bat-Pilgrim, Bat-Pirate,
  • Luke Brown - October 29, 2011 9:43 a.m.

    Cave-bat is cool, but Bat-Pilgrim is kind of lame. Nobody wants to stalk through Gotham looking like a lost Thanksgiving Day Parade costumer.
  • Thequestion 121 - October 28, 2011 9:48 p.m.

    Those Batman costumes were awesome!
  • talleyXIV - October 28, 2011 9:39 p.m.

    None of this will ever happen. Why? Because it won't.
  • esahn-unclebatman-dulin - October 28, 2011 7:17 p.m.

    You guys forgot Batman of Zar-En-Ur.
  • Luke Brown - October 28, 2011 7:32 p.m.

    You say forgot, I say omitted on purpose because of sheer ugliness. The Batman of Zur-En-Arrh is an interesting concept in the comics, but the costume is just awful.
  • codystovall - October 28, 2011 6:33 p.m.

    I actually loved the part where you play as just Bruce Wayne.
  • TriforcePlayer - October 28, 2011 4:38 p.m.

  • evan-pretzer - October 28, 2011 4:20 p.m.

    Is everyone forgetting the best one, 1960's tv show Batman, am I right?
  • ChiChiRocket - October 28, 2011 7:15 p.m.

    I would gladly get that if they released a skin. Complete with POW! and BAM! cards when you hit someone.
  • FoxdenRacing - October 31, 2011 9:53 a.m.

    Screw just doing the skin, go for a whole DLC remake...the suit, the gadgets, replace any batmobile cameos with the car, the cards, and even with all the voice samples redone by Adam West. I'd buy that in a heartbeat.
  • thochaos - November 6, 2011 12:46 a.m.

    YES! This is exactly what they should have done as a top secret hidden mode!
  • garnsr - October 28, 2011 3:44 p.m.

    Shouldn't Batzarro have a mask over his mouth and eye patches? That would be the opposite, really. And maybe floppy ears instead of the pointy ones.
  • Redeater - October 28, 2011 3:09 p.m.

    Am I the only one that wants to see the Arael batman suit? I thought it looked pretty great in the comics.

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