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See the evolution of Batman's costume in film and TV

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Batman turns 75 this month, so it's altogether appropriate that director Zack Snyder should rock the internet with his new take on the Caped Crusader and the iconic Batmobile. Ben Affleck looks every bit the brooding superhero in the new photo, and the Batmobile already promises to be the beast of a machine fans have been trained to expect since at least 1989. Still, 75 years is a long time, and Batman has had a particularly storied history on TV and in cinema — with plenty of hits and misses along the way. Taking a look back at just a handful of those classic looks should prepare us for what Snyder has in store for 2016. Now we only wonder what all the other superheroes in Batman vs. Superman will look like.

Batman's costume through the years


Batman was born on the pages of 'Detective Comics' #27 in May 1939, written by Bill Finger and drawn by Bob Kane. Early on, Batman was a fully-fledged pulp hero, terrorizing the criminal element in Gotham City to avenge his slain parents. To that end, Kane and Finger used Zorro and The Phantom as influences in drawing their crime-fighter with an unmistakable cape and cowl. Here is where it all began. (Credit: Bob Kane)