Today’s fancy dress theme is Batman. Yesterday it was cats and today it’s bats, in honour of the fact that ‘Die Fledermaus’ (‘The Bat’) by Johann Strauss II, was first performed in Vienna 1874. A costumed ball ( so why not have a Masquerade ball today as well?) is at the centre of the operetta’s story, which involves someone seeking to revenge himself for being left drunk and dressed as a bat on a previous occasion. It happens. Obviously nowadays bat costumes are associated with Batman, who has gone through a fair few incarnations – almost as many as his major female adversary Catwoman, whom we mentioned yesterday.
We have noted in the past that there seems a shortage of female action heroes, although the Batman franchise has made an effort with Batgirl, whose origins seem to vary. One minute she is Commissioner Gordon’s daughter, the next she is related to Albert, Bruce Wayne’s butler. There was even a series (Birds of Prey, not seen ‘mainstream’ in the UK) which had a Batgirl character as the love-child of Batman and Catwoman!
Beyond that though, and the fact that Batman’s doing his bit for equality by having Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn as additional feminine foes, costume manufacturers seem to be running out of ideas. Take a look at our range of Batman costumes.
If the theme ‘Batman’ is too limiting, expand it out to include all superheroes. Take a look at our range of superhero costumes for all the family.
The latest concept is to produce female versions of established heroes and anti-heroes such as the Ghostbusters, Leatherface (from Texas Chainsaw Massacre, complete with chainsaw handbag!) and Edward (Edie?) Scissorhands, and needless to say they are in the short and skimpy style. The question arises, ‘Is this what you, the costume-buying/hiring public want?’
Why not have a Batman or superheroes themed fancy dress party. On September 9th 1951 the actor Michael Keaton was born. Although ‘bubbling-under’ as an A-list celebrity for some time, Keaton has played some classic roles echoed in some of our most popular costumes. For a start, he was Tim Burton’s choice for Batman when the franchise re-launched in 1989. That was a result of his success in the title role of Burton’s breakout film ‘Beetlejuice’ the previous year. Our Beetlejuice costume is a popular costume choice throughout the year, we also stock Beetljuice wigs, masks and make up kits.(Quick trivia point – the ‘bigwigs’ didn’t like the film’s title. Because the film involved ghosts, Burton threatened to use an alternative title ‘Scared Sheetless’ and the exec’s decided to go with the original choice after all).
Since those early days, Keaton has turned up in a number of ‘off-the-wall’ roles, playing clones of himself in ‘Multiplicity’ and a husband reincarnated as a snowman in ‘Jack Frost’. More recently he was the voice of Barbie’s love-interest, Ken, in Toy Story 3. Given that Keaton played the Batman role twice,(he must love wearing that Batman costume) pitching it between the camp cartoon style of Adam West’s 1960s caped crusader and the edgier style of Christian Bale’s Dark Knight Batman costume, we thought we would suggest a Batman theme covering all interpretations and with some superb villains (and villainess’) available to choose from.
Having a Batman themed costume party also give you a good choice of couples costumes as we now stock Batman and Robin costumes for ladies. If you want to give your guests a bit more choice, why not also have a superheroes theme? Props n Frocks has a huge range of superhero costumes for all the family.
Batman, AKA Neil Vaughn and Wonder Woman, also known as Sharon, got married yesterday in Paignton, Devon. Surrounded by family and friends, all in superhero costumes too, the couple tied the knot in full costume. The couple, who admit to not being particularly traditional, said that they just wanted to have a fun day with their family and friends.
A picture of the wedding appears on page 19 of The Sun newspaper today and shows that everyone really got into the spirit of things with guests dressed in a whole range of outfits including Captain America, Supergirl, The Incredibles and even the Incredible Hulk costumes.
Props n Frocks wishes the happy couple loads of luck in the future.
Russell Brand looked hot yesterday in New York (and not just because he was in a rubber costume!) Taking a break from the remake of Arthur, Russell had to take sips of water through a straw to keep his cool.
If you want to look like Russell all you need to do is take a look at our Batman Costumes. As well as The Black Knight style of costume, we also stock the Del Boy & Rodney batman costume and a huge range of superhero costumes, all you need to do is find a lady who needs to be rescued…
As we come up to American Independence Day (July 4th), spare a thought for those superhero lookalikes for whom times are hard. In beautiful down-town Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles, there are a stalwart bunch of men (and women) who dress up as Superman, Batman and other heroes of the silver screen in order to pose for photographs with tourists. Problem is, as if representing those who have saved the world countless times was not enough, some of these icon-imitators have actually sought financial recompense. They are allowed tips, but apparently cannot actually ask for money and as some of them are, the Authorities are not happy. Hence action is being taken to clear these would-be enterprising individuals from the streets, in order to leave the way clear for the more legitimate tourist traps. If you have always wanted to be a superheros now is the time! Props n Frocks stocks a huge selection of superhero costumes for men, women and children.
It is a shame really, for what harm are they actually doing? It is all to do with product licensing, and is a problem that fancy dress shops really do suffer with.