GQ magazine got a chance to talk to The Dark Knight Rises costume designer Lindy Hemming about both Bane and Bruce Wayne’s looks in the anticipated film.
“Bane was meant to look like a cross between a dictator and a revolutionary,” she said. “I designed the coat myself – it took a year. We took inspiration from a Swedish army jacket and a French Revolution frock coat and amalgamated the two. It was a pain to have made, because in LA shearling is not their sort of thing: there weren’t the tailors who could work with the fabric. It’s funny: as soon as it was finished, GQ did a feature about shearling coats, so it looked like I had copied you!”
As for Bruce Wayne, he will again be wearing Armani. “Christian Bale was in Armani in the last film and I used Armani again for character reasons. Bruce Wayne is himself playing a part: that of a wealthy man who owns an enormous company and so a luxury brand like Armani seemed the right choice.”
She also said that for the Batman costume, “There’s very few changes. The only modifications are to do with the story. But I can’t tell you what they are…”