Picture by Nerd King Cosplay
Picture by Nerd King Cosplay


Smallville Comics Cosplay Contest 2015 | Photography by Vanora Naude Photography
Smallville Comics Cosplay Contest 2015 | Photography by Vanora Naude Photography




Date completed                   

Hours spent making this cosplay     

Total cost involved in making cosplay


Nerd King Cosplay                                          


25 March 2016                  

2 weeks, give or take    


Info for the costume

It is a Batman costume that I made my own. I didn’t make it accurate to any comic or movie which allowed me to make a brand new Batman.

I made this costume because….

……. because Batman is my childhood hero

Planning Process

I started with the chest armor and cowl. Then systematically just added one thing after the other till it made up the entire suit.

Techniques Used

  • Repurposed old second hand armor I got by looking for it in flea markets and thrift shops
  • Sewing – had to sew the tears shut
  • Painting – suit had to be painted black
  • Worked with eva foam here and there

Did you have to learn any new techniques in order to make this costume?

Yeah, this was the very first time using armor, and using eva foam. Also darkened my jeans and gloves using shoe polish, which I did not expect to actually work.

Does this cosplay need special make-up to be done?

No makeup is needed for this cosplay. I was planning on smearing black face paint around my eyes, but I found old sunglasses that fit under the cowl instead, and it really worked well with the rest of the suit.

At which cons and events did you wear this costume?

The first draft of the suit I wore at the Smallville Comics Cosplay Contest 2015. After some improvements the final suit was completed for the release of Batman vs Superman where I wore it to the cinema to watch the movie. I also wore it to the Free Comic Book Day events at a couple of comic book stores.

Have you won any awards for this costume?

I won first place in the cosplay competition on Free Comic Book Day at Cosmic Comics. I also won the Photographer’s Favorite award at the Smallville Comics Cosplay Contest 2015.

Any last thoughts on this costume? (Upgrades you would still like to do, alterations etc.)

After wearing the suit a couple of times I have already made a lot of upgrades such as better lenses, motorcycle gloves I found in a thrift shop, blackened the jeans and gloves, placing the leg armor in a different placement, etc.


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About Linda Jager

Linda Jager
I’m proudly Geek and have a passion for all things pop-culture. Huge fan of The Walking Dead. Lover of gadgets and technology and although I’m not a gamer (sadly no hand-eye co-ordination) I find myself drawn to the gaming culture and community and how it connects with one of my biggest passions – collecting action figures and statues. I love to watch movies and series and there’s nothing better than having conversations with other people about the things I feel so passionately about. Being an 80’s child I am a huge fan of retro stuff and my Thundercats collection is one of my most prized possessions. That, and my A-Team van. Follow me on Twitter @LindaAtGES

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