Introduction: Elseworld WWII Batman "The Bat" Costume

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Partly for Halloween, and for a charity walk with Heroes for Charity, I decided to make my own Batman costume. There are many incarnations of Batman, so I decided to do one that I had never seen a costume of before: "The Bat". The Bat is from DC's Elseworld series JSA: The Liberty Files, which takes place during WWII wherein Batman is working for the government as a special agent against the Nazis. It's a good series, check it out.

Oh yeah, this is also my first instructable, although I've been a member for a long time.

Step 1: Research

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I had decided to make a pair of steampunk goggles and was looking for reference materials when I came across the action figure of The Bat. "Holy goggle-wearing Batman...Batman!?!" This was quite possibly the greatest thing I had ever come across. I needed to be steampunk (almost) Batman. I figured out where he came from and ordered the collection of JSA: Liberty Files comics from Amazon, you know, for research (for some reason I have to have an excuse to collect comics now).

Step 2: Jacket

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I searched for a jacket with a side closure and came up empty handed, finding only Rocketeer style jacket with a full separate panel on the front. This was close but I decided to keep looking. While reading the Liberty Files comics I noticed one of the character's jackets, it's a fencing jacket that buttons off to the side....Perfect... except that it's white. Do they make black fencing jackets?
Why yes, they do!
Absolute Fencing has a black coach's jacket that would be perfect.

Step 3: Jacket Cont'd

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First thing to do was remove all of the labels from the jacket. I just used an exacto and cut them off.

The Jacket has a zipper up the front and velcro at the neck. As far as I can tell, that's just not very cool. I decided to add buttons to the front to give the illusion of... well buttons. They don't actually function, so I just sewed them down right to the front along the zipper seam.

Step 4: Cape/Jacket Duster Thing

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So, this batman doesn't wear a cape per se, it's more of a sleeveless duster. In case you're wondering those don't actually exist*. Next best thing? A duster with sleeves and a pair of scissors. I found a costume duster from an online Halloween store as part of a western costume, and removed the sleeves. Hint: Thats what the scissors were for.

  • Correction: I just found out from user gschoppe that this type of coat does exist. It's apparently a tradition Scottish rain coat called an "Inverness Cape". Looks like it would have worked perfectly. If I decided to make a more "real" version of this costume I'll probably get one. Right now the duster is the only costume-y piece, so it's the only thing I'd replace at this point. Thanks gschoppe!

Step 5: Cowl

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I tried to make my own cowl from several different things. Leather, blackout cloth, canvas, even duct tape. For one it's really hard to make one that fits right, and none of them looked quite right with the rest of the stuff. So I decided to buy one and mod it to my needs. I bought a standard vinyl Batman mask from eBay. The Bat's cowl looks like leather and has seams over the eyes, down the middle of the head and along the ears. In the comics the seams actually move all over the place, not exactually sure why, but they do. So I picked the pattern that showed up the most frequently.
First I used some pin striping that my friend (Captian America) had used for painting his shield, to create the pattern. Then, I taped off the rest of the mask and used black Krylon Fusion paint to make it look like seams. Turned out really well I think.

Step 6: Cape Clasp

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The only Batman logo that The Bat has is a small metal one on his neck. I assumed it was a cape pin of some kind and then ran with the idea. I found a keychain that was the right size and went to town.
First I cut off the loop for the keyring.
Next I used a Dremel to ruff up a few spots for gluing.
My girlfriend had some hook and eye closures in her sewing kit, so I attached two of the hooks to either side of the back of the keychain with Gorilla Glue.
I sewed the eye portions under the collar of the duster.

Step 7: Goggles

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Well, this is where the whole thing started. I actually ended up making some steampunk style goggles, but they weren't right for this project. Instead I ordered some welding goggles, and spray painted them black. Oh yeah, I also used an Exacto and some 220 sandpaper to remove the company name from the side before I painted them. No pictures of that, but I'm sure you get the idea.

Other goggles are up..check'em out here

Step 8: Gloves, Utility Belt, Pants and Boots

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Not much to these. Everything but the gloves are army surplus. There's a pistol belt, with a box pouch and two clip holders. The pants are BDU's and the boots are jungle style. The gloves I found on ebay for like $9.95, so I bought them rather then made them, they looked pretty "Batman-y" already so I didn't change them.

*pants and boots haven't arrived yet will put up pictures when they are here.

Got the pants and boots. You can't tell so much from the pic, but the pants are button fly, like the action figure. The boots I got are ripple-sole, I thought they looked a little more exaggerated, like a superheroes boots might be.

Step 9: Finished

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Here is where a picture would be really great. But I'm going to make you wait just like everyone else.

Actually the pants and boots haven't arrived yet, and the Heroes for Charity event is a week away, so as soon as I have them and get some pics I'll put them up.

I decided to put this up now, because all of the stuff that required work was done and could be used for other costumes as well, so happy costuming!

*Update: got the pants and boots(see step 8 for pics). Will be all dressed up on on Oct 14th, and pics will arrive shortly after. I've tried everything on in pieces to make sure it works together, but it's been unusually warm in Chicago for the last few days and I can't bring myself to put it all on at once yet.

*Update: Here it is...


khabarnaak (author)2016-09-22

It's really nice dress.

WurdBendur (author)2009-01-18

What program are you using to rotate the image? It looks like it's just setting the EXIF rotation tag, which isn't respected by any browsers. Apple's Preview works this way, for example. You'll just have to use another program that does it the usual way. Really, Instructables just needs to add a rotation feature for when you upload your images. That would make it easier for everybody.

GnomeMaster (author)WurdBendur2009-08-14

...i think he just turned the camara to the side...

WurdBendur (author)GnomeMaster2009-08-15

Obviously, but I meant to rotate it back so it's upright.

GnomeMaster (author)WurdBendur2009-08-15

... but its sideways...

WurdBendur (author)GnomeMaster2009-08-16

Yes, of course it is ... He turned the camera sideways to take a vertical picture. So it came out sideways. Then he tried to rotate it back, and it didn't work. How is that not clear?

Dr. Steel (author)WurdBendur2010-01-14

I've got two theories. One, Idiocracy is coming true sooner than we thought, or two, you got trolled.

bizzyizzy23 (author)Dr. Steel2014-10-23

*giggle snort

Ganon1027 (author)Dr. Steel2010-08-30

in this case it looks like he got "Gnomed" lol

Valeil (author)Ganon10272010-10-06

^Someone give this man a medal.

Right, it's sideways because he didn't rotate the camera back before taking the picture. When you rotate it back, you have to do it before you push the button to take the picture, or it comes out sideways.

ssmithsonian (author)2013-07-07

i played in a pipe band for 4 years, Inverness capes can be expensive and the material is a polyester blend that makes a really obnoxious sound when you walk.

gelseth_andrano (author)2012-03-05

This is awaome, I actually have the same front-zip black fencing jacket.

patriotsman (author)2011-12-30

nice work

cdy2894 (author)2011-09-05

THIS IS AWESOME!!!! im thinking of using some of the elements in this costume to make sort of a "urban commando" looking batman this definately helped me out thanks

NetOps1 (author)2011-05-13
This looks like it could work for the "Inverness Cape"

bADiTCH (author)2010-10-20

Wow! Great job!

Pbyrd (author)2007-10-12

This might sound stupid, but me and my friend are both 12 and we are going to geta tan dress up like terrorists and glue some road-flares to our chests and tape a digital clock to them. Just a suggestion for a costume/

Lokisgodhi (author)Pbyrd2010-03-12

Our you could do the terrorist thing more accurately and just get Bush and Cheney costumes. 

Wafous (author)Lokisgodhi2010-06-20


Lextone (author)Pbyrd2007-10-16

You may want to use something other than Road Flares. Those are technically pyrotechnics and may cause some legal, not to mention safety issues. Try this. Find an old broom and chop it into 10 inch lengths. Wrap the sticks in brown paper from paper grocery bags and use black electrical tape to tape the ends. Use an old curly telephone handset cord to attach to your clock. Be careful, and hopefully nothing goes wrong. Don't be offended if no one laughs. Its about as funny as dressing up as a Nazi concentration camp guard or a Klansman.

Pbyrd (author)Lextone2007-10-16

We aren't going to do it. WE decided it was dumb

Lextone (author)Pbyrd2007-10-16

Way to go chief...You should go get a gallon of latex and go nuts making yourself into a blown up terrorist with a sign that says ....." Where the virgins at?"

aintMichael (author)Pbyrd2007-10-12

yeah...ummm... I won't get into my feelings on terrorists and such, but as long as you don't complain about the trouble you get into for doing that, or being seriuosly harrased by others and/or the police... well than whatever. That and being 12 I don't think you really get it, so it really isn't clever or fun. On the other hand who am I to say anything about anything.

Pbyrd (author)aintMichael2007-10-12

I hate terrorists with a passion. But I am probably the most serious person around I usally don't do this stuff. We just tought we would get a kick out of it. Ooooh I forgot I live in Tennessee. Ther is probably more rednecks with guns in my city than we could outrun.

Grey_Wolfe (author)Pbyrd2007-10-14

The fact that you live in Gun-owner central just reenforces his point. It's a creative idea, just be careful. Don't wanna see anyone get hurt on Halloween. Especially kids. BTW, This is an awesome costume idea aintMike and it will be great to see the final product. This is one of the coolest versions of Batman. Nice work. How's the weather in the Apple? lol.

Pbyrd (author)aintMichael2007-10-12

Oh yah and your probably an adult and your dressin like Batman. You ever think about that? NO? didn't think so

aintMichael (author)Pbyrd2007-10-13

by your response I'm sticking with my point that you just don't really get it. I also didn't say anything about whether you should actually do it or not, i just said that you may have to deal with some type of consequence and that you should be prepared for it. this is the last reply you will get from me on this.

aintMichael (author)aintMichael2007-10-12

i really shouldn't even be typing when i'm as tired as i am right now.

MiriadaTheCarrot (author)2009-12-15

It looks a bit like Hellboy to me. Maybe it could be easily converted...?

adamc90 (author)2009-12-01

you could also of got some inspiration for the costume from gotham by gaslight graphic novel im guessing thats what the figure is based from. cool costume steampunk batman nice

steampunkbutterfly (author)2009-10-25

Steampunk and the Bat ,dosen't get much better then that!

alphasmith (author)2009-08-10

I have to admit, that is one cool-looking Batman costume.

ItsTheHobbs (author)2007-10-21

wow that looks cool

1k-termie (author)ItsTheHobbs2009-07-08

I agree, it is pretty sweet

aintMichael (author)ItsTheHobbs2007-10-21


trahern (author)2009-05-29

the overcoat is called an inverness. Sherlock holmes wore one...comes with or without sleeves.

TechNerd1012 (author)2009-04-28

that top design thing kinda looks like scissors with legs

TechNerd1012 (author)2009-04-28

you could get some brass buttons, or paint the ones you have, thatd add a nice steampunk style to them

captaincoolness55 (author)2009-04-01

"The Bat is from DC's Elseworld series JSA: The Liberty Files, which takes place during WWII wherein Batman is working for the government as a special agent against the Nazis. It's a good series, check it out." well, since you said to check it out, can you gimme a link to the comic? :D

finkandelgee (author)2009-01-13

is it halloween yet? i am new to ible and cant wait to get started, but like everyone else im sure, i see loads and dont know what to start first! looks more like graphic novel dark knight than silent bob to me. well done

AnarchistAsian (author)2008-10-19

i saw a series like that, but it was about captain america, instead.

djbarr (author)2008-10-07

I also recommend an Asymmetrical Chef Coat. I picked one up from Happy Chef.

hornysasquatch (author)2008-03-27


JerBear (author)hornysasquatch2008-04-20

whoa! funny.

racastro62 (author)2008-02-18

“Elementary, my dear Michael”: See
I find your costume just brilliant !
Regards, Raul

SuperCoPilot (author)2008-02-10


berserk (author)2008-01-08

This is great! One small improvement might be to beat up that utility belt a little to make it go with the rugged look of the rest.

aintMichael (author)2007-10-30

yeah, there's definitely two worlds of superheroes, one for kids, and one for "grown-ups". Oh, and tell your brother I'd be scared of batman if he showed up at my house too. :)

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