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Costume is a very important part of mise-en scne as it communicates unspoken inform about a character to the audience This scene shows the characteristics of both Batman and Joker through their attire The costumes they wear provide an easy link to stereotypes which we use to quickly to make connotations about a character Sometimes a character becomes fully identified with one basic look or costume unknown NB p57 this is shown through the Bat suit as it is an iconic costume that the audience can recognise quickly and associate the Dark knight and the knowledge he is a superhero The costume sends out the message of being a superhero even without prior knowledge of Batman I mask he wears on this face is stereotypical of superheros as it allows their identity to be hidden He also wears a cape which again is synonymous with superheroes The costume shows in-depth detail which empathies Batmans strength implying his muscular physique It still holds its thorough detail in the harsh light of the scene The sturdy martial used the black colour of the suit not only allows us the make the assumption that he works at night as the dark suit allows him to fade into the darkness of the night but also tells us of his personality and nature The tough solid martial implies that he is serious and unlike the joker he does not joke and play around Batman is there to get answers and save people not to waste time The joker however is displayed in costume that is the polar opposite to Batmans Gail Lathrop and David O Sutton speak of how costume can tell us of the psychological temperament of a character Lathrop Sutton NB The Joker is a psychologically distributed character that is displayed by his costume The clothing the joker wears simulates his mob connection as he wears a suit with a waistcoat and tie This well dressed manner
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