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The Batsuit (or Bat-Suit ) is the costume of the comic book character a superhero appearing in DC Comics. the suit has been drawn different ways by different and the stories themselves have Batman as modifying the details of his from time to time, it is often depicted as consisting of: blue (or black) scalloped bat-like cowl. gloves a series of scalloped, fin-like boots, and outerwear briefs ; a utility belt ; and, a gray body suit a stylized, black bat insignia on the chest — either or within, a bright-yellow ellipse).

Origin and development [ edit ]

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While brooding in his over how to be a more effective fighter, Bruce Wayne saw a bat through his window (in the earliest Comics portrayal simply in an open window, in Post-Crisis such as Batman: Year One . crashing through the glass). that criminals are a superstitious, lot, Bruce adopts the of a bat in order to conceal his identity and fear into his adversaries. origin tales have had terrified by bats as a child, and a bat costume worn by his father at a ball.

Color scheme [ ]

Batman’s cape, cowl, briefs, and boots are usually of two colors: Black (Usually gray or blue highlights) or entirely. Over time, the blue highlight spread out the previously black cape and to become the dominant color. artists’ renditions depict the as black and gray or blue and

During the 1990s following Wayne’s return to costume the events of the KnightsEnd storyline influenced by the costume in the successful live-action film), he utilized an all costume that incorporated armor advancements, created by Valley. The bat symbol on the chest has alternated from a simple bat, to a bat design on a yellow (to lend a logo-like appearance akin to Superman’s s-in-shield ). The yellow ellipse was introduced in as part of the New Look Batman

In Batman: The Dark Knight . the yellow ellipse design was as being a heavily under-armored, target, to draw enemy away from his unarmored and body. A subsequent issue of of the Bat re-established the concept. Other such as the utility belt and the of the cowl’s ears, have changed by various artistic

Basic suit [ edit ]

Bob original sketch of the character was different from the Batman we today. Kane showed the first drawing of a character he had named ‘BirdMan’ — the Bat, then Bat-Man, to Finger who was the writer he hired to the first Batman stories. thought that the character too much like Superman, so he major changes that prove to be everlasting to the character’s

Bill got a Webster’s Dictionary off the looking for a drawing of a bat, and one. He then said to Bob ‘Notice the ears, why don’t we the ears?’ He then suggested Bob Kane would draw looked like a cowl, to the nosepiece down and make him mysterious and not show any eyes at

Finger didn’t like the wings, so he also suggested to to re-design them and make a instead, and scallop the edges so it flow out behind Batman he ran so it would look like bat A pair of gloves were colored purple from the but later changed to blue.

The foundation of the Batsuit is a tight-fitting similar to many superheroes. In depictions, contrasting briefs are over a unitard or union similar to the garb of early century circus performers. #1 revealed that there is a vest sewn into the In modern depictions, the briefs are into the main costume, so section of the costume constitutes a seam and color change the rest of the suit.

The bodysuit has in color and style as depicted by artists: grey tights dark blue briefs, blue tights etc.

The version of the bodysuit is not constructed simple fabric, but from advanced materials that it resistance to tearing. In addition, the also contains various and protection mechanisms layered the suit’s fabric. The basic of the Batsuit is insulated against and is mildly fire resistant.

utilizes many different armor designs, some of are constructed into his Batsuits, and which are separate. In its most version, the suit is bulletproof the upper torso and back. versions are entirely bulletproof to arms fire, and have flexible armor plating. In Arkham Asylum Batman a basic batsuit throughout the but can unlock a new Armored batsuit completing the main story-line.

The suit is much bulkier and heavy plate armor on the and limbs and segmented armor on the and neck.

Cape [ edit ]

As artists have taken the responsibility of drawing the character, the of the suit have changed The original incarnation of the cape was a structure that may have inspired by drawings by Leonardo da [ 1 ] This eventually evolved a more cape-like design of length. Some artists the cape with protrusions on the likely representing the thumb of a bat’s wing, though is not a consistent addition.

The cape is depicted as bulletproof. [ 2 ] The cape according to the current writer, being depicted as bulletproof and resistant, and other times nothing more than fabric that tears and sustains constant damage and is replaced. For example, in the Batman: The Series episode Robin’s Batman fell through a heavily compromised by machine-gun and landed badly, hurting his

He ripped up his cape and used pieces of broken wood to an impromptu ankle splint. In the games Batman: Arkham and its sequel Batman: Arkham the batsuit is damaged many over the course of the game, the being torn and ripped although it appears to provide against gunfire in the first of the two preventing attackers from Batman in the back when gliding, or swinging between vantage points throughout the This feature of Batman’s however, is not present in Batman: City .

The cape may also incorporate fire-resistant/retardant material (as demonstrated in the Batman Forever and the Knightfall by Denny O’Neil) and a Kevlar to slow the impact of bullets. In The Knight Strikes Again . the of the cape contained razor-sharp which Batman used to through several corrupt officials.

In the 2005 film Begins . the cape was also as a sort of wingsuit ; when an current was applied to the cape, the fibers (much like memory polymer ) aligned a semi-rigid form resembling a wings, allowing Batman to over the streets and rooftops of A hang-glider version of this was presented in Batman Returns . in a harness folds out of the cape to it a rigid wing-like structure, folds back when the rolls forward on the ground landing.

In the show Justice Batman ejected from the with his cape acting as a using a harness. After Grayson took over the of Batman, he and Damian Wayne. the new and Bruce Wayne’s biological developed a para-cape for their which gives them an to glide. [ 3 ] However, at the beginning, finds that the new cape has too weight. The Batman Arkham also gave Batman the gliding ability as in Batman .

In the 2010 comic book Batman Beyond . Dick explains that there is a tactical reason for adding a to the costume: misdirection. It hides the makes it difficult to know to strike when Batman with the result that attacking him at long range determine whether they are at Batman’s body or just the However, a flashback reveals after armor-piercing rounds the Joker’s gun penetrated the cape, it Bruce but Dick, who was behind was critically wounded. It explains why eliminates the cape on the Batman incarnation of the Batsuit, as he’d be the one who got shot instead of others. [ 4 ]

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Mainly the cowl Batman’s features and contributes to his appearance. There may be something to the cowl that alters how see Batman when looking at him [ 5 ] Batman’s cowl has sometimes other purposes. Occasionally, the is depicted as having defense such as electric shock or gas in order to prevent unauthorized (as shown in The Dark Knight. Hush.

Superman/Batman and Justice of America #24 ). [ 6 ] [ 7 ] In Batman Begins . Wayne mail orders the to build the cowl through a of untraceable shell companies. To suspicion, Wayne orders large quantities of 10,000, part sent to different and under different aliases.

because some meta-human have the power to see through objects, Batman also the cowl with lead to his identity. [ 8 ] That property is in The New Batman/Superman Adventures crossover Finest, where Superman saw Batman’s cowl with it is unknown whether modifications made later. The cowl contains shifting lenses identifies suspect’s identities, as as their weak points medical records), while avoiding the possibility of eye identification why he has solid white eyes in his appearances).

The cowl has special visions, infrared vision (heat night vision, and ultraviolet [ 9 ] The cowl’s visor is also a camera for obtaining evidences. [ 10 ] in The Dark Knight . Batman a sonar concept (via introduced by Lucius Fox. technology is utilized by using to triangulate objects via cell Recently (in Detective Comics it’s been revealed Batman also has an echolocation in the cowl.

In Batman: The Animated . Batman wears a special helmet when riding his that is molded with bat to accommodate his cowl’s ears. In Arkham Asylum . Batman uses a sophisticated detective vision enhancement built the cowl that allows him to see in darkness, including through see their condition and state of and detect and identify hidden and analyze evidence. It also him the white eyes while it is

In addition, one of the cowl’s ears a high-gain antenna for an internal on the left side of the cowl, Batman to stay in contact his allies. [ 11 ] The comm-link can also police radios and other frequencies. It also carries an navigation unit to keep him in when facing foes as the Scarecrow or Count Vertigo. [ 12 ] The Kevlar panels provide a of protection for his head against

The front of the skull and the sides of the also have small inserts to increase the effectiveness of strikes and protect from blows. Repeated encounters the Mad Hatter also forced to shield his cowl against the mind control. Its basic has remained unchanged; however, it has frequently updated to advance crusade.

In Batman: The Brave and the . the cowl’s ears can change for various uses. However Karl Kerchl has drawn costume vault showing he has a wide selection of cowls ears of different lengths. [ 13 ]

that, Dick Grayson’s supposedly has the same features as Wayne’s, Grayson often it interferes with his peripheral when wearing it. This be because Grayson, having a simple domino mask to his identity for most of his crimefighting is simply not used to the cowl.

In Cacophony . during Batman’s with the masked serial Onomatopoeia. the Dark Knight one of his cowls with a secondary beneath its kevlar headpiece bloodpack lining in anticipation of shot in the skull, to create an to fake his own … to get himself to the villain. This was based on Deadshot ‘s helmet

Gloves [ edit ]

Batman is depicted as wearing dark-colored gloves. In the earliest Batman of Detective Comics . the costume a few curiosities before it evolved in to its or less standard style. The gloves were purple in ordinary looking, and lacked any of scalloped fins or other and only came to the wrists.

The second Batman adventure the character wearing no gloves at A few issues later the gloves longer, and by 1940 the familiar were added (in early these pieces originally miniature, scalloped bat wings, but became three simple fins). In some later the scallops are attached to a separated worn below the glove the wrist, In The Batman Batman’s have claws.

In Batman these bracers are part of the of the ninja set Wayne trained painted black — set are hard enough to slice al Ghul’s sword into pieces. Traditionally, the scallops a defensive purpose and are used to against bladed weapons, as swords or knives. In Batman: City . the fins are used to block several sword from Ra’s Al Ghul, as as being used to defend swords of Assassins and common

Batman Concept

In The Dark Knight . Batman is enhanced gloves with the fins can be launched by pressing a and fired to become like stars. Towards the end of the movie, launches them at The Joker incapacitating him. He also has shockers in the fingertips of his gloves, are used to control the structure of his

Additionally, Batman hides a few of his arsenal in his gloves, such as a pick. [ 14 ] Also as stated in the hand book, the knuckles of the contain a small amount of shot to increase the force of his however this has yet to be seen in the book series. Similar reinforcement can be seen in the video Batman: Arkham Asylum . Batman actually sprays his with an explosive gel to drastically the force of a punch; the explosion destroys his glove, and nearly his arm.

Boots [ edit ]

In Year One, it is depicted Batman hid a few pieces of his arsenal in his boots, such as a blow gun length made it impossible to fit in belt compartment) with anesthetic darts and an ultrasonic built into his left The basic design of the boots are on Tactical boots, but they are from lightweight rubbers and are more flexible to allow for extension when kicking.

The is a flexible split sole and is textured for a variety of surfaces. The also have steel making them much effective when on the offensive. Batman is already an accomplished level swimmer, during the Hush storyline, it is revealed he installed underwater propellers in the

In Batman Begins . a boot is revealed to contain an ultrasonic device capable of calling bats to it as a form of protection and for Batman during a getaway. device was originally introduced in the Year One series. In Batman . the boots have ice skates into them.

Armor [ ]

The Bat-suit has been repeatedly in order to reflect advances in Originally the costume contained no armor. However, the real advent of various forms of protective materials like and the realization that being while wearing such should still be avoided, has led to the being re-imagined with forms of bulletproof protection employs the aforementioned use of the suit’s symbol as a bull’s-eye to lure at the armor’s strongest point.

Despite the armor, Batman always evades gunfire and is rarely actually shot. In the film Batman, the chest-plate is to look like a ripped body and one of the Joker’s men shoots nearly point-blank in the chest. The body armor saved his yet the force was still enough to render him unconscious.

Although the often included a neck-brace and preventative bracing, after from his spinal cord (the result of Bane …), Batman reinforced the with a material to dampen and impact, along with a brace, to protect him from abuse. The Bat-suit also has a signature harness, allowing to attract his body to a gargantuan object (like a plane). [ 15 ]

The Resurrection of Ra’s al Ghul . acquired an ancient suit of from Talia al Ghul. The of Sorrows. According to its legends, it can strength and speed of its wearer but would completely corrupt whose heart and soul is not At first, the Dark Knight was of the legend, but eventually experienced an behavior while wearing the during patrols.

Batman learns from a member of The Of The Pure, a splinter faction of The Of St. Dumas. that the armor belonged to a knight named de Cantonna, who massacred hundreds of in an alpine valley in 1190. The of Sorrows becomes one of the trophy within the Batcave, to remind the Knight that he must be vigilant not only in his crusade crime, but also himself. [ 16 ] The new takes up wearing the suit

In all eight one-shots of Bruce The Road Home . which after the events of Batman: The of Bruce Wayne . show Batman has developed an exosuit Amazo ‘s capability of metahuman powers, includes ‘s heat vision, which is labelled with SF as in The ‘s speedforce, Martian ‘s invisibility, emitting a Lantern ‘s ring energy, a lasso mirroring Woman ‘s Lasso of and superstrength. There is a design on this suit: it uses too power to keep it functioning.

Batman must only use it for a amount of time. Lucius Fox supplies Bruce Wayne and his son a pair of experimental jetsuit They can provide artificially strength and endurance as well as flight capability. The prototypes are too risky and expensive for operational use, allowing the Waynes to them for the family’s Batman project. [ 17 ]

Utility belt and equipment [ edit ]

Batman utility belt is his most prop, much like Woman ‘s Lasso of or Green Lantern ‘s The exact contents of this are not known because Batman changes it to suit his needs. His ability to carry unusually tools is legendary.Batman’s enemies are interested in the utility belt as believe it will give an advantage over him, but the compartments are locked and only knows how to open them.

There have been a few where the security is been In the Justice League episode for All, Lex Luthor managed to the belt by subjecting it to intense shocks and in an episode of The Batman The Cat and the Bat stole Batman’s utility and managed to open the capsules. The belt is depicted as having mechanisms such as electric locks, marker paint, or gas in order to prevent tampering, but for reason, it doesn’t prevent the from being removed.

issue was fixed in Batman with the utility belt permanently attached to the futuristic The belt is almost always in color, and the look of the belt is depicted as having either cylinders or military style to store his equipment in.

The array of Batman carries have more complex over The simple coiled rope and scaling equipment became a (or compressed-air-powered) grapple gun. [ 18 ] The has also carried on different a re-breather device, flash and gas explosives and a detonator, lockpicks, a device for the Batmobile. electronic equipment (including video and monitor), a forensic kit for gathering scene evidence, a medical a small toolkit, a homing a cache of money and, in incarnations, a pistol in a holster.

On any where Batman anticipates Superman. he has also carried (in a case) a Kryptonite ring to him by the Man of Steel as a weapon of last (in some instances, Batman has – or manufactured – the kryptonite himself, as Frank Miller ‘s The Knight graphic novels). One to this is seen in Kingdom . since in that novel, has become impervious to kryptonite. In The Knight Rises . at least one of the has been replaced with a previously seen being by Bruce Wayne to avoid attention that shuts off electrical appliances.

Variants [ ]

Batman keeps variant for dealing with extraordinary for example, he has been shown in a variant of his costume, a fireproof for fighting his enemy Firefly. a insulated version for fighting Freeze. as well as others. versions of the hero, including shown in Batman: The Dark Returns . Kingdom Come . Beyond and Batman versus . show him swapping his cloth for a suit of powered armor .


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