Everyone that works at my wife's and my cafe dressed up as Batman characters (trying for the 1966 look). All I could find in premade costumes were modern batmen, so I decided to give it a shot on my own.
Mask: I made my batman mask out of duct tape and an old black t-shirt. I put a plastic shopping bag on my head, sat in front of a mirror and started wrapping strips of tape tight around my head. Once the base "helmet" was in place, it was a matter of adding more pieces, making a nose out of some cardboard, and cutting eye-holes. To get the 2 toned look, I took some black fabric from an old t-shirt and covered the front portion of the mask with it.
Belt: Took a normal belt, and used yellow duct tape, pens, and some camera pouches (came with convenient belt clips) I found at the dollar store. The buckle was cut out of a plastic bucket, and the 3d effect was done by taping on cardboard with masking tape. Used a pen to etch in the bat, then spray painted it gold.
Bat logo: Downloaded a picture from the web, traced it out and built it with yellow and black duct tape.
Pants: White tights from a dance store, dyed grey. Wore a pair of black underwear on top.
Shirt: Skin tight under armour (with logo, but hey Batman needs sponsors too right?)
Cape: Bought a basic black cape and cut in the scallops at the bottom.
Gloves: Cheaped out and bought those online :( Will have more time to update those to homemade ones for next year.
Video includes storebought Batgirl & homemade Catwoman:
Comments for Coolest Homemade 1966 Batman Costume 21
We're a group of five German guys who've always liked to come up with costume-themes all five of us can form part of. Today we'd like to present our Homemade Batman Cast Group Costume. Obviously the Batman, Joker and Robin costumes were bought, simply because they're well made and it wouldn't have been that easy to make such good ones on our own. But still we needed two more characters. That's why we added the penguin and the riddler and made those costumes.
We oriented ourselves on the old Batman characters (the TV series). That's why our joker isn't much the heath ledger kind of joker, but a more original one. For the penguin we decided to make him look like a real penguin instead of just putting him in a suit. For those who aren't that familiar with the TV series, he would have looked like a regular guy with a large nose and a cigarette holder.
The Riddler is wearing a green fleece suit with purple question marks which are also made out of fleece. His staff is also self made, mainly out of an old chairs armrest.
The Batman and Robin costumes I made were simple and inexpensive, not to mention mostly reusable. They start with a set of gray and black thermal underwear, tops and bottoms. Then I added black and green brief underwear on top of the thermals. Next I added black gloves, tube socks, and stocking cap for Batman, and a cut-off red t-shirt with green socks for feet and hands (I couldn't find green gloves) for Robin.
The logos were downloaded from the internet and printed on iron-on paper, then cut out and ironed onto the shirts. I used fabric paint for the yellow laces on Robin's shirt. I cut out capes from costume satin material bought for $2.50 a yard and held together with stick-on velcro tabs. Then I used black face paint for Robin's mask.
They were comfy, warm and cuter than the store-bought versions. AND received lots of compliments!