George Clooney’s Batman Nipple Suit is up for auction and the starting bid is $40,000. Heritage Auctions has the costume of batman and robin there for the collection from July 22 to 23. The costume for the 1997 feature has been hotly debated over the decades. Joel Schumacher decided to go in a very different direction for his take on The Caped Crusader. Now, the conversation has changed a bit as more iterations of Batman have hit the big screen. Also coloring public perception is the recent death of Schumacher. Now there are many more people willing to reevaluate their response to batman and robin above all. Will any of these fans be the one to shell out $40,000 or more for the Clooney Batsuit? Who knows? But, the opportunity to own a distinct piece of character legacy that will instantly start a conversation is there for one lucky fan.
“This is by far the most famous – and infamous – Batman costume ever designed, as evidenced by the fact that all these years later it continues to make headlines whenever Tim Burton and George Clooney are asked about it,” said the executive vice president of Heritage Auction. Joe Maddalena wrote in his statement. “But to his credit, Joel Schumacher never apologized for the ‘bat nipples’. In fact, he once told Vice, ‘I’m still glad we did.’ am equally happy that we now have the chance to offer this piece of cinematic history to someone who can appreciate the costume as much as Schumacher clearly did.”
Not too long ago, costume designer Jose Fernandez spoke to MEL Magazine about the making of the iconic costumes and the reaction to them.
“With the costume of Val Kilmer in batman forever, nipples were one of those things that I added,” Fernandez explained to the outlet. “It wasn’t a fetish for me, it was more informed by Roman armor — like centurions. And, in the comics, the characters always looked like they were naked with spray paint on them – it was all about anatomy, and I like pushing anatomy. I don’t know exactly where my head was at the time, but that’s what I remember. And so, I added the nipples. I had no idea there would be all this buzz about it.”
The audience was mostly oblivious to the nods. Schumacher fully supported the decision and even went so far as to look further into the nipple design in batman and robin.
“Well, in the first one, it was just a little drop of clay. It was subtle – it was a blip,” the designer recalls. “But for batman and robin, Joel Schumacher loved nipples, so he said, “Let’s show them.” Schumacher wanted them to be sharp, like, with spikes. They were also surrounded, both exterior and interior – all of this was made into a feature of the Batsuit. I didn’t want to do it, but he’s the boss, so we honed them, surrounded them and it all got a little ridiculous.”
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