"I have two reports this time, first is that the first Batsuit stock arrived at Shepperton Studios from Lindy Hemming's Hampshire studio yesterday. Four big security dudes unloaded a large crate from the truck and quickly disappeared into the Batman Wardrobe dept (still signposted 'Intimidation Game' btw).
A worker in the know this afternoon told me that the suit looks unusual but it's very confusing because they have the hero and stunt versions and the pieces were covered in plastic and labels, they haven't been assembled yet. The inner bodysuit is definitely dark grey but leather and used looking, not shiny like in the last movies but a material that looks like a second skin.
The chest area features a large black bat emblem that doesn't look like the one from the movies or the comics but looks very cool, he said everyone cheered when the packing materials were removed from the crate and the emblem was the first thing they saw at the top and obviously packed that way deliberately by Lindy.
All the other pieces are dark grey/granite but so dark its almost black. The cowl looks small and may stretch to fit the wearer, complete with longish ears. It looks like there is a an extra piece that covers the chin area but couldn't confirm as it was being held in a costume person's hand when he saw it. Unfortunalty he couldn't see the cape or belt clearly.
Overall he said they are going for the Spiderman/Daredevil look where Batman looks like a more agile human being rather than a guy in a bulky muscle suit. He said that the stunt suit is being fitted to one of Bale's doubles this afternoon and they will be 'testing it', how they are going to test it is anyones guess. Another five hero suits and ten stunt suits will arrive next week.
Also, news has filtered to Shepperton that the American press are expressing concern over the cast. Not about the quality, which is undoubtedly high, but that there's no American actors (they seem to forget about Holmes and Freeman). I am told that each of the cast did attend a casting like everyone else, even Liam Neeson and Christian Bale.
The director and the casting director have seen many American actors, both famous and unknowns, even requesting that American agents send more to the castings. In each case its the British actor which has demonstrated to fit the part. It's also bullsh*t that Nolan wanted Bale to use his real Middle England accent".