Originally Posted by afan
See I blame the casting of Keaton, which was a result of Burton as director. His lack of any physical stature whatsoever demanded the exclusion of "tights", and unfortunately gave inspiration to the parade of rubber enhanced costumes that followed for many heroes.
I honestly think that tights just don't make sense for Batman period. They offer no protection whatsoever, not from impact or bullets or even simple things like temperature or the elements, and they get incredibly uncomfortable when wet. Leather and body armor make sense of Batman. You just have to design it properly.