Batman: All 20 Batsuits ranked from worst to best

Photo: Batman Returns. Image Courtesy Warner Bros. / DC Universe
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PITTSBURGH – JULY 31: Christian Bale stands in between scenes during the filming of the new Batman: Dark Knight Rises movie at the Mellon Institute building in the Pittsburgh neighborhood of Oakland on July 31, 2011. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images) /

6. The Dark Knight / The Dark Knight Rises

The Dark Knight is widely regarded as one of the greatest movies ever made, but that’s not the only history that the 2008 Christopher Nolan movie made. It was also the first Batman movie to point out the single most-glaring issue with all of the previous Batsuits: Bruce can’t move his neck.

With the restrictive neck-pieces now canon, the hunt was on to get the Caped Crusader a new Batsuit. Of course, Lucius Fox was willing to help, offering up a new type of armor that was a lot more flexible (in many areas).

A more logical attire for a crime-fighting vigilante that gets into fisticuffs all too often, The Dark Knight‘s Batsuit is far less bulky than its predecessor, dropping off some of that heavy armor so that Batman could be more agile. This certainly made him more vulnerable to attacks whenever the armored plates stretched too far, but it also allowed him to be even more stealthy and quick during attacks, avoiding situations he may have been vulnerable in almost all of the time.

The only downside is that the combat-ready look sacrificed a little of the theatricality Batman is known for, as it wasn’t his most intimidating look. The version worn early on in The Dark Knight Rises had a sharper cowl, and that earns it some extra points, but all in all this was a great Batsuit that was right at home in Nolan’s more realistic take on the character. And Christian Bale looked amazing in it.