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PantherDisplay

The third batsuit on display in the current costume vault within the Batcave.

The third variation of the standard batsuit worn by Bruce Wayne. It bore more of a resemblance to human anatomy than even the original batsuit. It is notable for being the first to feature high tech functions built into the suit itself. It was worn with an all new black utility belt with controls to activate the suits functions.

The third suit lacked metal plates on the gauntlets despite being a return the original in other ways. It was also the first to lack shin guards on the boots. The color behind the chest was gold rather than the bright yellow of prior suits.

KilmerCowlDisplay

One of the suits on display prior to being destroyed by the Riddler.

HistoryEdit

CreationEdit

Its unknown when this variation was created or exactly how it is improved from the 2nd generation suit.

Moroni trialEdit

The earliest known event in which this suit was worn was the Moroni trial. Batman was apparently present in the courtroom to protect Harvey Dent during his prosecution of Boss Moroni.

Battling Two-FaceEdit

BeltButtons

Activating the heat shield cape with a button on the black utility belt.

The 3rd suit was still in use after Harvey Dent's disfigurement. After his escape from Arkham Asylum it was used against him. It was worn while Wayne diffused the hostage situation at the Second Bank of Gotham and the defacing of the Statue of Justice.

In the sewers Batman activated a shield function on the cape to protect himself from the flames of a gas explosion.

Riddler's vandalism and later useEdit

When Edward Nygma learned Bruce Wayne's identity he infiltrated the Batcave and destroyed all of the standard suits on display in the armory vault. This forced Wayne to use a "Sonar" suit prototype from the Batcave's unscathed workshop area in order to capture him on Claw Island.

More of these suits were made and used. They can seen on display in the current Batcave.

Behind the ScenesEdit

Design and sculptEdit

Director Joel Schumacher wanted to return to a more "organic" look with a stronger focus on resembling muscular male anatomy. Schumacher's primary inspiration was ancient Greek sculpture depicting the ideal in male beauty. The suit was sculpted by Jose Fernandez, and nicknamed the 'Panther Suit' by the design team. Production designer Barbara Ling has stated that it was Joel Schumacher's idea to add nipples to the suit while being interviewed with him, and he conceded.[1] Fernandez was opposed to the addition of nipples,[2] as was Batman creator Bob Kane.[3]

Despite being advised not to add nipples by Batman's original designer from the source material, Schumacher insisted that it was a necessary design choice as it was now "the 90's" and everything must be appropriately "pumped up."[4]

ControversyEdit

NippleRub

Chase Meridian sensually caresses the nipple area of the chest plate.

When word got out during production that the new batsuit had nipples, it made international headlines.

LegacyEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. Riddle Me This, Batman by Bruce Bibby - Premiere Magazine May 1995
  2. MilesTeves.com - SCULPTURE "We fought the nipples, Jose and I. We really did. We fought the good fight and lost.."
  3. Riddle Me This, Batman by Bruce Bibby - Premiere Magazine May 1995
  4. Riddle Me This, Batman by Bruce Bibby - Premiere Magazine May 1995

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