Holy blue cowl, Batman! Fans of the Caped Crusader’s classic blue-and-gray suit have something to look forward to in October. A new Batsuit design has been revealed in the solicitation for Batman #100. Drawn by series artist Jorge Jimenez, a full model study of the suit will first appear on a variant cover for the issue, and it’s a drastic departure from the black-and-gray Jim Lee design that’s been the standard Batsuit for years at DC.
Take a look for yourself:
Newsarama first posted the variant cover ahead of the October DC solicitations that will be published today at 12 pm ET. It’s important to note that DC hasn’t confirmed that Batman will get a suit change in Batman #100, and it’s very possible this suit may just be an extra bit of flair for a variant that will likely become a hot commodity for collectors trying to snatch up every cover of the milestone issue.
That said, wow, Jimenez really went for it. For the first time since Batman veteran Greg Capullo added a bit of purple to the cape at the end of his New 52 run, the Dark Knight is getting a bit of color back. Long the subject of a darker, muted palette, one that separates him from his more brightly-colored comrades on the Justice League, Batman was once better known for the blue-and-gray suit he first wore in the 1940s.
Of course, the Jimenez suit isn’t really a reproduction of the old tights. The new suit looks heavily armored, with a Bat symbol that almost looks like its lit by LEDs. The gray of the suit is also a much darker shade than we’re used to and looks similar to the bodysuit Batman wore in Scott Snyder and Francis Manapul’s Justice League: No Justice miniseries. It does have a sort of cosmic quality to it, too.
What’s behind the cowl is pretty interesting, as well. Instead of Batman’s usual white eyes — they’re more like goggles that feed the Dark Knight data and give him enhanced night vision, etc — bright yellow eyes peer out of the mask. Is something weird going on with Bruce or is this just a new way to scare the crap out of the bad guys?
Whatever is going on with this suit, Batman’s greatest foe will probably have a laugh about it.
Billed as the conclusion of the big “Joker War” arc, Batman #100 will see the Dark Knight “battle the Joker in a brutal, no-holds-barred final duel! This is a fight 80 years in the making, and its outcome won’t just change Batman’s life – it will change Gotham City for years to come!” The issue also promises to give readers a “first glimpse of the new villain known as Ghost-Maker! And after the senses-shattering conclusion of ‘The Joker War’ come a pair of short stories that will chart what’s to come in Gotham City and Batman.”
Batman #100 is written by James Tynion IV, with art by Jimenez, Guillem March, Carlo Pagulayan, and Danny Miki.
We’ll keep you updated as we learn more about Batman’s new look.