Why did Jean-Paul's Bat-suit Change Color?

I just gave my girlfriend KnightFall to read and she just finished all 3 volumes. She brought up something interesting that I didn't even really pay attention to back when I read it. During the battle between Jean-Paul and Bruce, Jean-Paul's suit catches fire and he then falls in the water. When he comes out, his costume turns red. Anyone know why that happened?

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Edited by CaptainCockblock
@TheMess1428: Made of metal? Maybe it was just dramatic coloring, I dunno. I'm on volume one of Knightfall, don't ruin it for me.
Posted by TheMess1428
@CaptainCockblock: I won't ruin it but if you look at the cover of Volume 3 you can see he has a red costume instead of blue. And I pretty much said what happened in the OP. I just can't figure out why all the blue was all of a sudden all red.
Posted by CaptainCockblock
@TheMess1428: Well, it looks like the costume is made of metal. Either that or it was just dramatic coloring.
Posted by batmanboy11

I've been reading Volume 3 and I wondered that myself and... I have no idea how the colour changes. Maybe he just decided to change it last minute? Or it was a backup he had been building?
Edited by batmanboy11

Actually it makes no sense. Its no more than 5 pages between the blue suit and the red suit so... obviously someone wasn't thinking....
Posted by TheMess1428
@batmanboy11: Yeah he goes underwater with blue suit and comes up with red suit. Makes no sense. And then they marketed the red suit on comic covers and toys.
Edited by batmanboy11
@TheMess1428: My guess is they probably just wanted him to look less like Bruce's Batsuit, and more villian-like. 
Posted by TheMess1428
@batmanboy11: He already looked less like Bruce's suit and more villainous once he had the original metal suit.
Posted by batmanboy11
@TheMess1428: He did, but he still had blue, grey and gold on his suit.
Posted by TheMess1428
@batmanboy11: A lot of villains can have the same color as the hero they're against. Zoom and Bizarro do. Batzarro too.
Posted by batmanboy11
@TheMess1428:     That's true. I really don't know then. 
Posted by rlmay3

It changes color in cold water... like toys in cereal boxes.

Posted by TheMess1428
@rlmay3: I thought that was hot water?
Posted by rlmay3
@TheMess1428: Isn't that shrinky-dinks?? Haha.
 
As a legitimate guess to answer your Q though, maybe the fire burned off some kind of paint or coating on his suit.
 
@CaptainCockblock said:
" @TheMess1428: Made of metal? Maybe it was just dramatic coloring, I dunno."

I agree. It probably was just a style choice. I haven't read the story you're talking about, but it sounds like a dramatic moment and maybe the color really amped up the mood for the artist or he needed to be red to stand out better in the panels.
Posted by TheMess1428

My girlfriend's response: They ran out of blue ink. (Sarcasm)
 
My response to her response: Oh yeah, they would totally run out of blue ink on a BATMAN comic... Since they used it up for so many years... (Even more sarcasm)

Posted by Shatterstar

I remember wondering the same thing at the time, I guess I always assumed it was the same thing going on here:

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Posted by Green Skin

His suit is made by Hypercolor obviously.  lol

Posted by sora_thekey

I want to see a pic of this...

Posted by TheMess1428
@sora_thekey: I can't find any online but I can show you next time we hang out.
Posted by Eyz

I always thought that it was because of the fire (and falling in the water after that)..
But checking it out again nowadays...mmh.. it's probably "dramatic" colors. Not meant to be taken as real colors (like many comics do). 
Though the later artists/colorists took it as the "real" color.