A fan-made “Batman v. Superman”-style Robin costume is making the rounds online, and it is gorgeous. UK costumer and cosplayer Stevie Dee has been posting progress about his home-made Robin suit to his crimsoncoscrafts Instagram and Facebook accounts, and fans have been going wild at his updates.
In his most recent post, Dee explained that he’s added leather accents to the suit and will next weather the suit to make it look battered and battle-scarred. He also revealed that sculptor and painter, Lee Hurley—who blew minds everywhere with his 2014 Groot cosplay—constructed Robin’s utility belt. In a separate post the latter artist explained that he worked from a 3D model made by Dee.
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Hey guys, totally overwhelmed with the love for my #Robin suit. I am still working on it, today I added the correct belt which I created with @hurleyfx. Dude is fucking talented! I also added on the leather cuffs around the arms and the shorts ( the black bits) next step is to weather and age the shit out of it. Not to the same extent as the display suit, but it needs to look used and abused!! #deathinthefamily #suicidsquad #justiceleague #arkhamknight #undertheredhood #batman #batmanvsuperman #batmanthekillingjoke #costume #costumer #cosplay #joker #haha #jasontodd #jasonpetertodd #redhood
Dee’s costume is modeled on a version of the suit that makes a brief appearance in “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice.” In the film, the costume—with the words “HA HA HA” spray-painted on it—is on display in a glass case in the Batcave, perhaps alluding to the murder of Robin at the hands of the Joker the 1988 comic book story line, “A Death in the Family.”
Director Zack Snyder is more vague about the movie version of the suit, and explains that the visual beat alludes to the backstory of the traumatized older version of Batman that appears in “Dawn of Justice.”
“In my mind, it was that Robin had died 10 years earlier during some run-in with a young Joker. So there was a fun backstory there to play with. I felt like the whole idea was that there had been loss and there had been sacrifice. In a weird way, he had sacrificed everything to be Batman. He doesn’t really have a life outside the cave. I thought that including Robin, a dead Robin, was helping us understand that he’s been on quite a little journey," the director told IGN.
Dee’s replica of the movie prop isn’t spray-painted with the Joker’s graffiti, and is meant to be worn rather than displayed. Appreciative fans have been clamoring to buy it, but the suit is not for sale. However, they will see it in action at a future date. In an earlier post Dee teased a future photoshoot with London-based Photographer Lucas ambrosia and promised, “S**t will go wild.”