- Posted August 14, 2013 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Dragon Con 2013
The sordid history of the Dark Knight
- hhanks, CNN iReport producer
This year's DragonCon is fast approaching. Insert panic attack. Why, you ask. Well for all the years I've gone to DragonCon I've only gone as a spectator. This year's DC will be different. I am going to cosplay! Time to test the waters and let my imagination take the forefront for once. And what beloved piece of fandom will I be tackling...
I plan on taking the image of Batman we all know and taking to another historical era. I was inspired at last year's DragonCon seeing the Dark Knight portrayed as an armored knight. It got me thinking. How far back can I take the iconic character back? Then it hit me as I was browsing merchandise. I was going to attempt a Celtic/Roman era Batman. Why, you may ask. I have a deep lo e of my family heritage and have always been fascinated with the Batman lexicon.
The main part of the costume is me...literally. Batman has always been portrayed as tall and muscular. Well at 5' 7" I'm not going to be pulling much from the top shelf; so I focused on honing my body. I began working out religiously in April doing Crossfit . I have come a long way.
For the costume itself, I will have two black leather bracers, a Roman Centurion cape with hood, black kilt with a black leather studded war skirt. The cape is being held together with a Celtic knot work bat cast in bronze by my friend at BMBdesigns . At this point I'm planning on war wodes being painted on my face and chest.
At this point I'm finishing up some of the detailing to the leather pieces and sewing the cape and hood. Come what may, I will represent and be proud of my work.