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The Batsuit (or Bat-Suit ) is the costume of the fictional comic book character Batman. a superhero appearing in DC Comics. Though the suit has been drawn many different ways by different artists, and the stories themselves have described Batman as modifying the details of his costume from time to time, it is most often depicted as consisting of: matching blue (or black) scalloped cape, bat-like cowl. gloves with a series of scalloped, fin-like protuberances, boots, and outerwear briefs ; a yellow utility belt ; and, a skintight gray body suit (with a stylized, black bat insignia emblazoned on the chest — either without, or within, a bright-yellow ellipse).


Origin and development [ edit ]

Origin [ edit ]

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

Color scheme [ edit ]

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

During the 1990s following Bruce Wayne’s return to costume after the events of the KnightsEnd storyline (and influenced by the costume in the successful 1989 live-action film), he utilized an all black costume that incorporated some armor advancements, created by Jean-Paul Valley. The bat symbol on the chest has also alternated from a simple black bat, to a bat design on a yellow ellipse (to lend a logo-like appearance more akin to Superman’s s-in-shield logo ). The yellow ellipse was introduced in 1964 as part of the New Look Batman stories.

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

Basic suit [ edit ]

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

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

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

The basic foundation of the Batsuit is a tight-fitting bodysuit, similar to many superheroes. In early depictions, contrasting briefs are worn over a unitard or union suit. similar to the garb of early 20th century circus performers. Batman #1 revealed that there is a ballistic vest sewn into the costume. In modern depictions, the briefs are integrated into the main costume, so that section of the costume constitutes only a seam and color change from the rest of the suit.

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

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

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

The armored suit is much bulkier and features heavy plate armor on the torso and limbs and segmented armor on the joints and neck.

Cape [ edit ]

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

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

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

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

In the 2005 film Batman Begins . the cape was also used as a sort of wingsuit ; when an electric current was applied to the cape, the shape-memory fibers (much like Shape memory polymer ) aligned into a semi-rigid form resembling a bat’s wings, allowing Batman to glide over the streets and rooftops of Gotham. A hang-glider version of this concept was presented in Batman Returns . in which a harness folds out of the cape to make it a rigid wing-like structure, then folds back when the wearer rolls forward on the ground after landing.

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

In the 2010 comic book mini-series Batman Beyond . Dick Grayson explains that there is also a tactical reason for adding a cape to the costume: misdirection. It hides the body, makes it difficult to know where to strike when Batman moves, with the result that villains attacking him at long range cannot determine whether they are shooting at Batman’s body or just the cape. However, a flashback reveals that after armor-piercing rounds from the Joker’s gun penetrated the cape, it saved Bruce but Dick, who was behind him, was critically wounded. It explains why Bruce eliminates the cape on the Batman Beyond incarnation of the Batsuit, as he’d rather be the one who got shot instead of others. [ 4 ]

Cowl [ edit ]

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

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

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

The cowl has special visions, like infrared vision (heat sensors), night vision, and ultraviolet vision. [ 9 ] The cowl’s visor is also a digital camera for obtaining evidences. [ 10 ] Also, in The Dark Knight . Batman uses a sonar concept (via Cellphone) introduced by Lucius Fox. This technology is utilized by using echolocation to triangulate objects via cell phones. Recently (in Detective Comics #838), it’s been revealed that Batman also has an echolocation system in the cowl.

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

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

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

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

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

In Batman: Cacophony . during Batman’s hunt with the masked serial killer Onomatopoeia. the Dark Knight reinforced one of his cowls with a secondary armor beneath its kevlar headpiece with bloodpack lining in anticipation of being shot in the skull, to create an opportunity to fake his own death to get himself closer to the villain. This was based on assassin Deadshot ‘s helmet designs.

Gloves [ edit ]

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

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

In Batman Begins these bracers are part of the costume of the ninja set Wayne trained with, painted black – this set are hard enough to slice Ra’s al Ghul’s sword into many pieces. Traditionally, the scallops serve a defensive purpose and are used to defend against bladed weapons, such as swords or knives. In Batman: Arkham City . the fins are used to repeatedly block several sword strikes from Ra’s Al Ghul, as well as being used to defend against swords of Assassins and common thugs.

Batman Concept

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

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

Boots [ edit ]

In Batman: Year One, it is depicted that Batman hid a few pieces of his arsenal in his leather boots, such as a blow gun (its length made it impossible to fit in Batman’s belt compartment) with fast-acting anesthetic darts and an ultrasonic device built into his left heel. The basic design of the boots are modeled on Tactical boots, but they are made from lightweight rubbers and are much more flexible to allow for full extension when kicking.

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

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

Armor [ edit ]

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

Despite the armor, Batman almost always evades gunfire and is very rarely actually shot. In the 1989 film Batman, the chest-plate is designed to look like a ripped upper body and one of the Joker’s men shoots Batman nearly point-blank in the chest. The suit’s body armor saved his life yet the force was still enough to briefly render him unconscious.

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

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

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

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

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

Utility belt and other equipment [ edit ]

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

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

This issue was fixed in Batman Beyond with the utility belt being permanently attached to the futuristic suit. The belt is almost always yellow in color, and the look of the belt is usually depicted as having either capsule-like cylinders or military style pouches to store his equipment in.

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

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

Variants [ edit ]

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

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