There are few alter egos more famous than Batman’s Bruce Wayne and Superman’s Clark Kent. And while everyone debates who best donned the batsuit or Superman cape, it’s the everyday clothes these guys wear that really fill out their characters. So with Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice opening this weekend, we’ve broken down the style of just about every onscreen Wayne and Kent to unpack the nuances of each portrayal—and show how you can look the part, even if you’re not a brooding billionaire or bespectacled alien.
Ben Affleck as Bruce Wayne: It remains to be seen how Affleck’s Bruce will stand up to the Waynes of the past, but if the production stills we’ve been seeing are any indication of style, we’re a little bit nervous. Dude looks tired. Also, let’s not forget Daredevil. (Blue Textured Waistcoat - $49, Top Man, Blue Silk Tie - $19, The Tie Bar, Blue Button-Down Shirt - $99, Suit Supply, Gant Rugger Navy Pants - $275, Mr. Porter, Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch - $11,500, Omega Watches)
Christian Bale as Bruce Wayne: While Bale’s Wayne isn’t the fan favorite, he’s carried three of the most critically acclaimed Batman flicks, which happen to be the darkest and least campy. He also embodies the billionaire playboy better than his predecessors—he looks just as comfortable in a snazzy tuxedo as he does dressed-down in the Bat Cave inspecting his newest gadgets. (Lou Slim Fit Jeans - $175, Buck Mason, Men’s Windowpane Rugby Shirt - $118, Brooks Brothers, Hamilton Khaki Aviation Watch - $794, Amazon)
George Clooney as Bruce Wayne: There’s a reason nearly a decade passed between Batman & Robin and the dawn of The Dark Knight Trilogy—and Clooney’s just as culpable as the other players in that debacle. Still, nobody looks more dashing in a tux than Clooney, and when playing Bruce Wayne, there’s nobody better for it. (Tuxedo - $569, Suit Supply, Kilgour Dress Shirt - $375, Mr. Porter, Flicker Black Bow Tie - $19, The Tie Bar, Tuxedo Stud Set - $95, Cufflinks.com)
Val Kilmer as Bruce Wayne: After two movies starring Michael Keaton’s brainy Bruce, Val Kilmer’s version marked the beginning of beefcake Batman, which continued until The Dark Knight Trilogy. Kilmer’s Bruce Wayne was refined in his speech, donned nothing but tuxes (save for the odd turtleneck—remember, it was the ’90s). (Peak Lapel Tuxedo Jacket - $450, Suitable, Hackett Mayfair Poplin Button-Down Shirt - $110, Mr. Porter, Black Wool Trousers - $170, Suitable, Matte Gold Tuxedo Stud Set - $40, Cuff Daddy, Black Bow Tie - $19, The Tie Bar)
Michael Keaton as Bruce Wayne: While Adam West wore the tights in the ’60s, Keaton was the first truly big-screen Batman, and he held the role for two of the franchise’s most iconic films. Keaton’s Wayne was more brains than brawn, dressing more like a dad than a superhero, but that might have been the point. Ladies are supposed to fall for Batman, not Bruce. (Abbott Glasses - $145, Warby Parker, ESK Sports Jacke - $695, Orvis, Olive Chinos - $135, Buck Mason, Long-Sleeve Pocket Polo Shirt - $50, J. Crew)
George Reeves as Clark Kent: Reeves is widely regarded as the man who truly took Superman and Clark Kent off the comic book pages and onto the screen. He reprised his film role most famously in the TV series, The Adventures of Superman, playing the character a bit older and wiser than the Supermen to come. And his Clark Kent resembled the classic ’50s businessman—suited up, put together and always with the iconic glasses. (Hudson Brown Birds Eye - $599, Suit Supply, Navy Knit Tie - $25, The Tie Bar, Temple Pocket Square - $55, Hook & Albert, Percey Glasses - $95, Warby Parker, Polo Ralph Lauren Button-Down Shirt - $100, Mr. Porter, Gold-plated Pinkie Ring - $14, ASOS)
Christopher Reeve as Clark Kent: When you think of Superman, chances are you think of Reeve. He played the Man of Steel the most—a record four films in tights. And his Kent is also arguably the most iconic—dapper and genteel, with a sartorial streak (the man loved accessories) that made Kent the best-dressed superhero alter ego around. (Paul Smith London Suit - $1,090, Mr. Porter, Downing Glasses - $95, Warby Parker, Slick Carter Fedora - $140, Goorin Bros., Hugo Boss Button-Down Shirt - $155, Mr. Porter)
Dean Cain as Clark Kent: OK, so Cain’s Kent wasn’t silver screen material, but Lois & Clark deserves a nod. Cain’s depiction was probably the most modern and realistic to that point, and because he played Kent every week for four years, his depiction is iconic in its own right. Unfortunately his wardrobe is straight-up ’90s garbage fashion. We recreated the best look we could find. (Burgundy Suit Jacket - $93, TopMan, Canali Blue Button-Down Shirt - $275, Mr. Porter, Outland Floral Tie - $19, The Tie Bar, NN07 Cotton Chinos - $160, Mr. Porter)
Brandon Routh as Clark Kent Routh had big shoes to fill in Superman Returns, which marked Superman’s first big-screen appearance in 20 years. He embodied Kent eerily well, and his dapper three-piece suits and signature glasses made men everywhere consider suiting up for a change. (Havana Brown Checked Suit - $699, Suit Supply, 918 Striped Tie - $19, The Tie Bar, Turnbull & Asser Kingsman Button-Down Shirt - $395, Mr. Porter, Crane Glasses - $95, Warby Parker)
Henry Cavill as Clark Kent: In 2013’s Man of Steel, Henry Cavill carried us through Superman’s origin story—as well as the origin of Clark Kent. Cavill’s Clark is more of a farm boy than the polished newspaper reporter we’re used to, but when he reprises his role in Dawn of Justice, we can expect an evolved look… (Duckworth Vapor Henley - $85, Huckberry, Chimala Chambray Work Shirt - $400, J. Crew, Sand Chinos - $135, Buck Mason, Ribbed Tank Top - $8, Uniqlo) And the winner is: While Clark Kent is infinitely more dapper in his sartorial choices, Bruce Wayne is definitely more badass in every other category. Style yourself accordingly.