With Batman making one last return to the Arkhamverse in Suicide Squad: Kill The Justice League, he is sporting yet another redesigned suit. The Batsuit has become a tradition, with each video game starring Batman presenting a new design that helps the Dark Knight stand out for their respective universe.
Over the years, Batman has starred in many video games spanning multiple universes, with different developers putting their own spin on the hero. As a result, Batman’s suit has had designs that look better than others, with some embracing a classic comic book style while others taking on a more high-tech cinematic style of Batsuit.
10 The Batsuit V8.04
Batman: Arkham Knight (2015)
For what Batman: Arkham Knight had to throw at the titular hero, it made sense for him to be equipped with state-of-the-art body armor. However, too much of a good thing can ruin a design and the Batsuit V8.04 is an example of that with the multitude of individually animated armor plates ending up blurring together.
For every scene in Arkham Knight where the suit looks gorgeous with meticulous detail, there are others where it seems messy. That doesn’t take away that the suit was clearly a labor of love from the Rocksteady team with the impressive amount of detail put into it.
9 The Injustice Batsuit
Injustice: Gods Among Us (2013)
The Batman from Earth-2 in Injustice: Gods Among Us features a busy design that proves to be a bit much for the eyes. Meanwhile, the Batman that leads the Insurgency against Superman on Earth-1 wears a more simplified suit that has clearly seen many years of action.
The rugged armor combined with a sleeker style of suit fits the Injustice Batman. This is a Bruce Wayne that has lost nearly everything including his best friend Superman who had become the world’s greatest villain, so he doesn’t care if his suit looks pristine or not.
8 Telltale’s Batsuit
Batman: The Telltale Series (2016)
Even though Telltale had a strong reputation, Batman: The Telltale Series still had to compete with the Batman: Arkham franchise. Thankfully, Telltale created an armored Batman design that looks straight out of a comic book while featuring enough elements to stand out on its own.
With thicker yet shorter ears, an armored bodysuit, and a glossy Batman symbol, the Telltale suit is a best-of-all-worlds fitting for Troy Baker’s take on Batman. It manages to fit a comic book aesthetic of the video game, but it has enough detail put into it that it would potentially work in live-action as well.
7 Arkham Asylum’s Batsuit
Batman: Arkham Asylum (2009)
Batman: Arkham Asylum revamped Batman games and superhero games as a whole and part of that was due to their design of the Caped Crusader himself. The beauty of the original Arkham Asylum Batsuit is its deceptive simplicity, appearing to be the basic gray and black suit seen in comic books.
However, the more that the player examines the suit, the more details start revealing themselves; from the bolts sealing the suit together to the armor panels that blend in to give the suit the false look of being nothing more than spandex. As a result, Rocksteady’s Batman featured a quality mix of newer and older Batman styles.
6 The Kryptonite Batsuit
Injustice 2 (2017)
The main suit in Injustice 2 was nothing bad but nothing special either, but in the climax, Batman switches up to showcase the gear system. The result is a Kryptonite-powered Batsuit that allowed him to fight both Wonder Woman and Superman face-to-face.
The Kryptonite Batsuit is rather angular in design, with many ridges and sharp points across the whole piece which makes it look like it will damage anyone or thing that touches it. The design is rather appealing with the green Kryptonite components giving it a nice extra detail. As a bonus, it was fun to see Batman was more than ready for Superman’s inevitable betrayal.
5 The Prototype Telltale Batsuit
Batman: The Telltale Series (2016)
Depending on the player’s choices, Batman: The Telltale Series gives Batman a new suit for the climax. One of those suits ditches all the fancy armor and technological designs for a slimmer cloth-based design that is meant to be this world’s version of the Year One suit.
Not every Batman suit needs to be armored and this is a good example of that. It actually bears a resemblance to the suit Ben Affleck first wore in the DC Extended Universe, even down to the shorter ears. In the story, the suit also proves that Bruce does not need the technology to be a proper Batman for Gotham City.
4 The Arkham Origins Batsuit
Batman: Arkham Origins (2013)
Darker and less flashy, the main suit worn in Batman: Arkham Origins hits all the right notes. It aimed for a more realistic design but retained just enough comic book accuracy that it rivals some of the best live-action Batman suits.
Arguably, Arkham Origins made a better starter suit for Batman than Batman Begins did. The cowl, the hook-like arm blades, and the tattered cape give Batman a rugged look, fitting for the younger yet volatile Batman in comparison to his calm and collected state in the other games.
3 The XE Batsuit
Batman: Arkham Origins (2013)
It’s always unfortunate when a certain Batman design is used only once, such as the XE Batsuit in the DLC expansion for Batman: Arkham Origins. The Extreme Environment Batsuit is a heavily armored Batman suit designed to keep Bruce safe from the cold, especially when a powerful villain such as Mr. Freeze is involved.
In the Cold, Cold Heart DLC, the XE Batsuit played a big part in stopping Freeze. It not only gave Batman a great look with orange neon lights and a head-to-toe exosuit design, but it was functional against Freeze’s ice. Sadly, this suit didn’t even return as a cosmetic option in Batman: Arkham Knight when it deserved to return in future games and comics.
2 The Enemy Within’s Batsuit
Batman: The Enemy Within (2017)
Rather than choosing between one of the three suits from the first game, Telltale’s Batman: The Enemy Within takes elements of all three to give Batman an upgrade. With sleek armor, longer ears, and far more detail put into the suit compared to the first game, the upgraded suit helps turn The Enemy Within into one of Telltale’s best games.
A common trope with new suits is that Batman ends up looking so different that it has no similarities to the past. Telltale wisely designed their second suit to look and feel like the natural progression from the first season, making the player feel like they are evolving with Batman.
1 Gotham Knights’ Batsuit
Gotham Knights (2022)
On one hand, it’s great that Gotham Knights allowed other Bat Family members to shine for once. On the other hand, Warner Bros. Games Montréal managed to deliver fans a great Batman without ever letting players control him.
In Gotham Knights, Batman is presented with a well-detailed suit that is heavily inspired by the Rebirth era in DC Comics. The symbol even sports the gold trim around the symbol with a colorful suit that players wished they could play in the game via a prequel DLC; everything from the white eye lenses to the texture allows it to stand out and be far above other suits for just a few minutes.
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