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The Flash: Batman's blue and grey suit origin explored

Keaton's blue and grey suit even has the white eyes...

DC fans were ecstatic to see the inclusion of Batman’s classic blue and grey suit from his comic-book days and we discuss the suit’s origin, share the fandom’s excitement over Ben Affleck’s Batsuit and discuss The Flash’s TV spot that revealed another blue and grey suit in Keaton’s cave.

The Flash trailer was released during Super Bowl Sunday, which was met with praise, and it will serve as a reset point into the DCU.

Directed by Andy Muschietti with a screenplay by Christina Hodson and based on the DC comics character of the same name, The Flash is set to star Ezra Miller, Ron Livingston, Michael Keaton, Kiersey Clemons, Michael Shannon, Ben Affleck, and more.

Batman’s blue and grey suit origin

Batman first appeared in his blue and grey colorway once Neal Adams, an American comic book artist, took over the reins of the character during the 1970s.

Adams was handed the mammoth task of bringing the Caped Crusader out of his 60s design – which has evolved to be a little camp looking similar to the ‘66 Adam West television series.

Within a new chapter of the Dark Knight’s comic-book longevity, Adams had to evolve the character’s design without losing the readers and proceeded to design a more brutish, intimidating Batman.

By extending Bats’ cowl ears and having the vigilante bulk up, Adams’ design really leaned into the blue and grey colorway – which remained a classic version of the hero’s suit.

It is thought that comic book companies wanted to spare the use of black ink, which resulted in the use of blue ink to mimic the look of shadows, which is why blue was likely introduced into the character’s suit – otherwise, a lot of black ink would have been used per issue. 

Ben Affleck dons the blue and grey in The Flash

DC fans were very excited to see a version of the blue and grey suit appear in the first trailer for The Flash.

We can see the batsuit – worn by Ben Affleck’s Batman – has been modified from the original design and bears no distinct Bat symbol on the chest.

Michael Keaton’s Batman also wore the blue and grey off screen

Thanks to a TV spot for The Flash, released after the main trailer, fans caught a glimpse of Batman’s room full of seven Bat suits – all of which we assume were worn by Michael Keaton’s Batman after Tim Burton’s 1992 sequel of events.

We see his classic suit front and center, joined by a suit with a gun holster, one with a gas mask or scuba diving gear fitted, and another that looks like an answer to Zack Snyder’s Knightmare suit for Batman in the Justice League.

The second suit from the left, however, is clearly another version of the blue and grey suit, complete with white eyes to match the original design. 

By Jo Craig – [email protected]

The Flash is scheduled to release in theatres on June 16, 2023.

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Jo Craig

Jo Craig is a staff writer at GRV Media reporting pop culture content on Forever Geek and brainstorming with the HITC Entertainment team. After nearly a decade in the game, Jo finds dissecting Marvel trailers for hours standard practice and still finds time to review, analyse, and research film, anime, video games and everything on the nerdy spectrum. Maintaining a strong social media presence, Jo’s passion for contributing to the geek culture community is a staple in their work and the spark behind vibrant discussions with comrades, even though some disagree that The Lord of the Rings is the best franchise.

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