The famous Batman nipple suit from Joel Schumacher’s Batman & Robin worn by George Clooney is up for auction and the starting bid sits at $40,000. Heritage Auctions has maintained George Clooney’s costume throughout the years and it will be on sale between July 22nd to 23rd.

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Over the years, there have been a lot of debates over the costume

Batman costume from Batman & Robin
Batman costume from Batman & Robin

Joel Schumacher decided to go with a very different costume for the movie. It is a classic but is it really worth $40,000? Heritage Auction’s executive vice president Joe Maddalena wrote in his statement,

“This is easily the most famous – and infamous – Batman costume ever designed, as evidenced by the fact that all these years later, it continues to make headlines every time Tim Burton and George Clooney get asked about it. But to his credit, Joel Schumacher never apologized for the ‘Bat-nipples.’ In fact, he once told Vice, ‘I’m still glad we did it.’ And I am just as glad we have the chance now to offer this piece of cinema history to someone who can appreciate the costume as much as Schumacher clearly did.”

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The creator of the suit explained the idea behind it

Batman costume from Batman & Robin
George Clooney’s Batman costume

Jose Fernandez designed the iconic costume. He spoke to MEL Magazine about making the iconic costumes and the reaction to them,

“With Val Kilmer’s suit in Batman Forever, the nipples were one of those things that I added. It wasn’t fetish to me, it was more informed by Roman armor — like Centurions. And, in the comic books, the characters always looked like they were naked with spray paint on them — it was all about anatomy, and I like to push anatomy. I don’t know exactly where my head was at back in the day, but that’s what I remember. And so, I added the nipples. I had no idea there was going to end up being all this buzz about it.”

He then explained how it was changed for Batman & Robin,

“Well, in the first one, they were just a little blob of clay. It was subtle — it was a blip. But for Batman & Robin, Joel Schumacher loved the nipples, so he said, ‘Let’s showcase them.’ Schumacher wanted them sharpened, like, with points. They were also circled, both outer and inner — it was all made into a feature of the Batsuit. I didn’t want to do it, but he’s the boss, so we sharpened them, circled them and it all became kind of ridiculous.”

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George Clooney’s Batman suit will go up for auction between July 22nd to July 23rd

The famous "nipple" Batman costume
Geroge Clooney’s “nipple” Batman costume

The costume worn by George Clooney will go up for auction between July 22nd to July 23rd, which means anyone can get their hands on this classic suit. Here is the full description of the item:

Constructed of cast foam latex, vinyl, resin components, leather, and other mixed media elements all expertly painted, finished and assembled on a life-size pose-able mannequin with a hyper-realistic George Clooney head with prosthetic grade false eyes. Costume pieces include hero signature cowl, full length superhero cape with 2-cape clips, muscle tunic with signature ‘Batman’ icon on the chest, muscled tights, peaked and finned gauntlet gloves, and knee-high character boots.

The auction will also display several other items up for sale including the cane that Jim Carrey used in his portrayal of Riddler in Batman Forever, and the purple Joker suit worn by Jack Nicholson in Burton’s dark classic, Batman.

Source: ComicBook

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