It's virtually impossible to read any article about the Joel Schumacher film Batman & Robin without hearing mention of the nipples added to the costumes, which some have referred to as "nipplegate".
The choice to add this bit of anatomical correctness to the Dynamic Duo's costumes was seen as questionable by pretty much everyone, and for years people have been asking who thought that would be a good idea.
Well, in a recent interview with Vice Joel Schumacher finally explains how the Bat-Nipples made their way into Batman & Robin, after he apologizes profusely for the film:
[The costume] was made by Jose Fernandez, who was our brilliant lead sculpture. If you look at Batman and Batman Returns, it was the genius, Bob Ringwood that created those suits, so by the time we got to Batman Forever, the rubber and techniques had gotten so sophisticated. If you look at when Michael Keaton appears in the first suit, you’ll notice how large it is. It was brilliant but the best they could do at the time. By the time Batman Forever came around, rubber molding had become so much more advanced. So I said, let’s make it anatomical and gave photos of those Greek status and those incredible anatomical drawings you see in medical books. He did the nipples and when I looked at them, I thought, that’s cool.
Look, I apologize. I want to apologize to every fan that was disappointed because I think I owe them that.
Just imagine how the Bat-Nipples would have looked in 3D!
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