The Original ‘Superman’ & ‘Batman’ Movie Costumes Up For Auction

Superman Batman Original Costumes AuctionSuperhero costumes in live-action TV and film have evolved since the old-school Superman and Batman movies with Christopher Reeve and Michael Keaton. In the past, there was less armor and more tights. If you would like a chance to possibly own those costumes, make sure to have your wallets ready. Nate D. Sanders Auctions is currently holding an auction where Reeve’s Superman and Keaton’s Batman suits are up for grabs until the auction closes at January 26.

Here is how the website describe the Reeve suit from Superman: The Movie as well as its opening bid.

“Very rare Superman ”muscle tunic” worn by Christopher Reeve during filming of ”Superman: The Movie”, the very first film of the beloved Christopher Reeve franchise, released in 1978. Tunic used in the flight scenes features two stitched holes on the sides, used to attach the flying harness. Four snaps at top are for attaching the cape. Signature blue tunic is made complete with Superman’s large emblematic gold and red ”S” sewn onto the front. The original ”Bermans & Nathans / 40 Camden St. / London N.W. 1” tag is still intact on the tunic’s inner back collar, next to the zipper, with the label reading in type: ”CHRISTOPHER REEVE / 12312 WITH MUSCLES / SUPERMAN”. Made of special nylon fabric, used for its stretch and ability to retain its original shape. Without being stretched, tunic measures 18” across the chest and 29” long. “

Opening Bid: $40,000.

Final Day of Auction: Thursday, January 26.

The site also provided with a description of Keaton’s suit that was used in Batman Returns that has a lower opening bid than the Superman one.

“Michael Keaton’s Batsuit from Tim Burton’s hit superhero film ”Batman”, which smashed box office records when it opened in 1992. Body of batsuit is in formed black rubber segments covered by the textured integral cape and cowl style mask, with long black leather gloves, boots and gold plastic belt and bat symbol. Original parts of the costume worn in the film are the cowl, cape and body; the gloves, belt, insignia and shoes are replicas for the display. Costume comes displayed dramatically on a mannequin with chiseled face of Keaton, mounted to a 2′ square gray-white base with ”BATMAN RETURNS” at front center. Batsuit measures 6’5” tall and approximately 27” at the widest point of the cape. Some glue present where cape and cowl meet, overall very good condition.”

Opening Bid: $35,000.

Final Day of Auction: Thursday, January 26.

Source: Nate D. Sanders Auctions – Superman & Batman (via The Hollywood Reporter)

Andy Behbakht

Andy Behbakht

Andy Behbakht is an online entertainment journalist who has been covering television and movies since 2010. In addition, he is also a podcast producer.

  • Jason Scarpelli

    The original Batman was in the 40’s.

    • Vegas82

      Those were serials, not movies(for both characters). If you want to be technical about it the Adam West Batman movie is the first.

      • Jason Scarpelli

        Technically the serials in the 40s came first acting wise. Then came Adam West and THEN Michael Keaton

        • Vegas82 already acknowledged the existence of the serials. Your follow-up comment is redundant.

          • Jason Scarpelli

            Your reply is redundant since my previous comment wasn’t acknowledging the serials but whether which came first. No matter who mentioned them.

          • Obviously the serials came first. Gotta get that last word in, huh?

          • Jason Scarpelli

            No I got the first word in since I started this thread in this article. But yes thanks for acknowledging my point and there is no ‘last word’ just continuing the conversation a bit. If you reply to this, then that will be the last word lol

  • Bill

    35 thousand for that awful suit. No thank you

  • Peter Fay

    $40,000 for a… WHGART?!!??!?

    Heck, I don’t even have the physique to carry them costumes, let alone the price tag! Stupid auction houses!