Batman: All 20 Batsuits ranked from worst to best

Photo: Batman Returns. Image Courtesy Warner Bros. / DC Universe
Photo: Batman Returns. Image Courtesy Warner Bros. / DC Universe /
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19. Batman and Robin (1949)

After the success of the 1943 serial, a subsequent Batman serial was released six years later. However, it opted for a new pair of actors to play the Dynamic Duo, and with that, some alterations were made to the costumes, too.

Titled Batman and Robin, this one starred Robert Lowery as the Caped Crusader. The case here is much the same as it was with its 1943 predecessor, with the suits coming off as cheap and ineffective, but this second outfit looked a little better than the previous one.

Lowery’s Batsuit is quite notorious for for its diagonal horn-like Bat-ears. It is really odd looking, but it is somewhat more convincing than the collapsing look of the previous Batsuit’s devil horns. The bigger bat on the chest is more attention-grabbing too (and helps the grey uniform to stand out in black-and-white), while the darker cowl and cape made him look much more of a creature of the night.

Again, it hasn’t aged all that well, but they did what they could with what was available at the time, and we’re thankful to it for paving the way for the Bat-adventures that came next.

Without the two serials (and their Batsuits), The Dark Knight’s movie legacy could have looked very different.