Batman

The character’s name in Batman series are: Batman, Bruce Wayne, Alfred Pennyworth, Commissioner James Gordon, Harvey Dent, Lucius Fox and the Joker. The names of the characters in Justice League series are: Superman, Bruce Wayne, J’onn J’onzz, Clark Kent and Lois Lane.

Batman is one of the main character that appears in most comics and films. His parents were killed when he was a child at age 8. He dedicated his whole life to fight crime with his team, Batman and Robin the Boy Wonder. The name of Batman is Bruce Wayne who was born to millionaires Thomas and Martha Wayne in Gotham City. He took part in a travelling theatre group with him parents but they were all murdered by famous gangster Joe Chill when he was 12 years old on the street of their home.

 

There are two types of Batman costumes. The first is the costume that Michael Keaton wore, which was mostly black and blue with a simple bat logo on the chest. The second type is the armored suit that Christian Bale wears in “The Dark Knight.” The latter is a heavily armored suit that gives Batman an extra edge on the crime fighting field.

As an anti-Batman, I can certainly appreciate this costume because its design reflects two of my own personal philosophies: 1.) Evil guys always wear black; and 2.) Armor works better than padding. That’s why in every anime ever I always choose the guy in the heavy armor over the dude in robe. And I’m always wishing that if Batman were real, he’d give up on the bat logo and go with something more practical for fighting like a giant metal skull.

But even though this type of costume design is my personal favorite, there’s no denying that it still belongs to the category of “oversized and impractical.” So how does this apply to the real world? What would Batman’s costume be if he were an actual person who, unlike Batman, couldn’t just use a batarang as a grappling hook or fight crime in broad daylight without being caught on camera?

If we translate Batman into reality then, his costume would have to be a simple bodysuit comprised of Lycra and light, flexible plastics. It would need to cover his entire body from head to toe, because visible skin just doesn’t work for stealthy night-time crime-stopping. The materials used should be as non-reflective as possible so that he can hide in the shadows. The costume should also be non-bulky so that it doesn’t restrict movement or hinder free flow of air to cool him down when he’s running.

The mask is a big part of Batman, so we can’t have it slip off during a fight or interfere with Batman’s sight while he’s jumping across rooftops. We also need it to be electrically charged so that when a bad guy gets too close, the mask sends him flying backward with a jolt of electricity.

The suit’s gloves would have to be thin enough for Batman to reach into boxes without ripping them apart and thick enough to protect his hands from blunt trauma. The boots should be sturdy enough to kick in doors and dodge bullets, but be light enough to allow Batman to move quickly.

Designing a functional costume for a man who is most active at night can be difficult since black on black can make it hard to tell shapes apart so I think the primary color of his suit should not be entirely black. A dark red or blue would be good since they’re both dark and difficult to see in low light conditions.

Since the bodysuit is supposed to cover Batman’s entire body, it needs to have a built-in utility belt for him to carry all of his crime fighting gadgets like flashbang grenades, smoke pellets, batarangs, grappling hooks, and a multi-tool that fits into his gloves.

The utility belt should also have some sort of retractable cord for Batman to swing through the city like a gymnast on steroids. The more I think about it, the more I’m thinking Batman needs to invent a BatSuit with glider wings and maybe even some jet engine boosters.

I can already feel the eyes rolling. But you know what? There’s a reason I’m not an engineer. Because I don’t have to be. Real life isn’t a comic book and my imagination doesn’t work like that, which is why if you’re going to design something functional and practical for real-world use then you’re going to need a more practical and logical mind than mine.

That’s why I’m outsourcing the task of designing my own functional real-world costume to Jirka Väätäinen who is an actual engineer and probably has no idea what I’m talking about when I say “Batarangs.” What follows are his preliminary sketches for a functional real-world superhero costume that can be worn and used in the real world, courtesy of Jirka’s awesome website.

As you can see, this isn’t just some conceptual design that exists only on paper. These are actual working concepts based on how a person might actually move if they were able to wear them while doing real-world tasks. And that’s pretty damn functional if you ask me, making Jirka the clear winner of this week’s Battle of the Bat Suits.

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