I started out by making the cowl. After that, I figured the suit would follow easily enough. However, the suit from The Dark Knight is quite a unique Batsuit design, and so it's difficult to make a costume of it, especially from scratch. But as always, I took on the challenge. I followed my usual goals, with a dedication to detail, a stickler for accuracy, and working quickly with a low budget.
This Instructable will show how I made the Batsuit, and also Bane's mask and costume pieces. It's more of a behind-the-scenes than a tutorial to follow step-by-step, but should provide interesting insight, and maybe help others who are looking to make a similar costume. Some of the construction processes and costume details are difficult to describe, and are more easy to understand in the pictures.
Here's a video you can follow, or watch as an introduction to the overall process. The Instructable is more detailed and has more advanced tips and recommendations.
This is the video we made with the costumes:
Step 1: Materials and Cost
$16 Utility Belt
$10 Foamie Sheets
$1 Egg Trays
$1 Tupperware Containers
$5 Lego Tubes
$2 Teddy Bear
$1 Foamie Sheet
$1 Metal Rings
$7 Clear Spray
$3 Glue Sticks
$2 Spray Paint
Total cost of materials bought for the costumes was around $122. Overall, $75 for the Batsuit seems like too much to me, but isn't bad, especially considering that about $50 of that came from pre-made gloves, belt, and mesh. I'll talk more about those pieces later, but they were definitely worth the cost.
Foamie sheets (or Fun Foam sheets) were my choice for most of the armor for the Batsuit. It provided several advantages; it's flexible, yet retains it's shape, meaning it wouldn't break or crease during movement. It would be lightweight and safe. And the pliable surface would be an advantage to adding texture or shaping armor pieces. I did have concerns about cost, as foamie sheets usually range from 50 cents to a dollar each, but I was lucky enough to discover a 5-pack of black sheets at the local dollar store. Other items were found at the usual thrift stores and craft stores.