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Batman (1939)

By day, he’s Bruce Wayne, a wealthy inventor and philanthropist, but by night, he dons the persona of Batman, the vengeful protector of Gotham City. Created by artist Bob Kane and writer Bill Finger, Batman made his debut in 1939 with this suit. As always, the suit follows a dark color palette, complete with the signature bat ear cowl and cape. It hasn’t changed much throughout the years!

Selina Kyle from The Batman

Selina Kyle (played by Zoe Kravitz) is an ally of Bruce Wayne in the 2022 film The Batman.  Selina is well-known to DC Comics fans as the real name of Catwoman, the Gotham villain and occasional love interest of Batman.  In this iteration, Selina helps Batman while the Riddler torments the city with threats of violence.  To recreate some of Selina’s best looks, you’ll want to focus on dark leather pieces.  Getting her catsuit exactly right can be tricky, so don’t be afraid to fake the jumpsuit look with separate pieces masked by a strategically placed belt.  Focus on the overall aesthetic and silhouette rather than getting bogged down in the details.

Alfred Pennyworth from Batman

Alfred Pennyworth from Batman

Alfred Pennyworth is as iconic as Batman himself. He’s the man who raised Bruce after the murder the Waynes. He is the man who keeps track of the Bat family when the number of vigilantes grows. And he’s the one that grounds Bruce when the burden of the superhero life gets to be too much.

There are a few ways you can pull off an Alfred cosplay. All of them involve a black suit, black bow tie, and black shoes with a white button down shirt. You can leave the shirt as-is or replace the buttons with black buttons. A fake mustache is a must, of course. When it comes to Alfred’s hair, though, you have more choices. You can use a bald cap or you can opt for white pomade and slick your hair back while getting Alfred’s mature, distinguished look.

riddler from the batman

Riddler from The Batman

In the latest film adaptation for the DC hero Batman, Riddler (played by Paul Dano) is a sinister terrorist intent on exposing the dark secrets of Gotham’s elite.  The Batman‘s 2022 version of Edward Nashton is a far cry from previous iterations, and the grittier tone of the film is reflected in the character’s far more understated costuming.  To recreate this Riddler, you’ll need an army green anorak and balaclava.  Use some white fabric paint to add his custom insignia to the jacket and layer a pair of clear framed glasses over the hood, in the style of the Zodiac Killer, reportedly a strong influence on the updated characterization.

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Onomatopoeia

Onomatopoeia is a villian from the DC Comics. He first appeared in Green Arrowvolume 3, #12, written by Kevin Smith and illustrated by Phil Hester. He is often an enemy of Green Arrow and Batman, only speaking in noises as per his namesake. He is a master marksman with advanced handgun training. For this costume guide, the white paint to draw the circles onto the balaclava.

Blackfire

Blackfire is a character in Teen Titans. Also known by her real name, Komand’r, she is the eldest princess and daughter of the King and Queen of Tamaran. Her younger siblings are Starfire and Wildfire. Unlike the bright and cheerful Starfire, she is secretly a villain. Cunning and remorseless, she fakes kindness to earn the trust and respect of the Teen Titans. In reality, she wants to exact revenge upon her little sister, thus becoming more powerful than her. Ultimately, Blackfire wants to rule as a tyrannical Empress of Tamaran.

The Condiment King AKA Buddy Standler from Batman The Animated Series

The Condiment King from Batman The Animated Series

Buddy Standler (voiced by Stuart Pankin) was a simple comedian just trying to make a name for himself. Unfortunately for Buddy, making his mark landed him on Joker’s bad side. A little bit of mind control later and Buddy made his debut as the Condiment King. To no-one’s surprise, condiments couldn’t quite stand up to the Bat and Buddy’s villain run ended almost as soon as it began, leaving Buddy hospitalized.

Like most comic and cartoon characters, the Condiment King’s costume is a bit hard to replicate without making it from scratch. But you can get close with some pre-made pieces and just a little DIY. White briefs, gloves, and boots are ready to go, as is a teal bodysuit and a pair of black lens sunglasses. You can replicate his condiment guns with red and yellow squirt guns while a silver backpack can replaces the tanks on his back until you can make your own. And, as an added bonus, the bag can hold your convention supplies. Another substitution is a green beanie for his pickle hat until, again, one can be made.

The DIY comes into play with the insignia on his chest. A pack of felt offers all the necessary colors while fabric fusion makes it possible to glue the decal to the bodysuit. Just be sure the chest of the suit is stretched to roughly its worn size before you glue the decal on so that it doesn’t affect the fit of the costume.

Rick Flag from The Suicide Squad

Rick Flag (Joel Kinnaman) is a character in 2021’s The Suicide Squad, directed by James Gunn. He served as a colonel in the U.S. Army as well as a special operations forces specialist. In the first Suicide Squad (2016), he led Task Force X and a team of Navy Seals to defeat Enchantress. His success allowed him to continue in the leadership position with a new team. Five years later, their mission is to go to Corto Moltese to destroy Jotunheim, and then execute Project Starfish. However, this was actually a cover-up for a government mistake. Peacemaker was a spy on the inside, and he murders Flag in attempt to complete the mission.

Bloodsport from The Suicide Squad

Bloodsport is a main character in The Suicide Squad, directed by James Gunn. His actual name is Robert DuBois, a mercenary whose technologically advanced suit allows him to create different gadgets and weapons. This is a variation of his comic book ability, which was the manifestation of weapons. Following his conviction of shooting Superman with a Kryptonite bullet, he goes to prison. However, Amanda Waller offers to shorten his sentence if he joins Task Force X. He agrees to join to help his daughter, Tyla. Idris Elba was cast as Bloodsport and not Deadshot so Will Smith could return.

Renee Montoya from Birds of Prey

Renee Montoya (Rosie Perez) is a character in Birds of Prey. She quits the Gotham City Police Department to take down Roman Sionis, aka Black Mask. Mutual interests lead to an alliance with Harley Quinn, Black Canary, and Huntress. Renee doesn’t care if anyone’s in her corner — she’ll pursue justice until the work is done. We included her graphic t-shirt for a more comedic cosplay.