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The Batsuit of the original Earth-Two Batman was a simple design with very few special enhancements. The first costume that Bruce wore consisted of a two-piece grey body suit with a bat-shaped emblem sewn into the chest region. The cowl was black in color and covered Bruc

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Batsuit

Official Name
Batsuit
Model
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Version
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Origin

Lead Designer

AdditionalDesigners
Wayne Enterprises: Lucius Fox's Research and Development program, within Wayne Enterprises' Applied Sciences Division

Place of Creation
(Earth-Two) New York City; (Modern) Gotham City

Origin

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Current Owner

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First appearance

Quote1 There was only one thing wrong: they weren't afraid of me. I've got to strike fear into them from the start. Quote2
-- Bruce Wayne

History

Golden Age

The Batsuit of the original Earth-Two Batman was a simple design with very few special enhancements. The first costume that Bruce wore consisted of a two-piece grey body suit with a bat-shaped emblem sewn into the chest region. The cowl was black in color and covered Bruce's head and half of his face, leaving only his mouth and chin exposed. It was equipped with long pointed ear pieces that served no apparant function other than cosmetic aesthetics. The cowl was attached to a black scalloped cape that hung down below Batman's knees. Originally, Batman wore a pair of short purple gloves, but soon replaced these with longer black gloves with three pointed accoutrements lining each of his forearms. [1] Initially, Batman wore a standard belt with a round buckle.

Batman cape

He soon replaced it with a square belt buckle, and gradually upgraded it with small compartments that enabled him to carry various crime-fighting tools. More than simply a means of holding up his pants, this became commonly known as his Utility Belt. [2] Batman's costume design went through one final evolution. He replaced the black cape and cowl in favor of a blue one which included smaller ear pieces. This was the costume that he wore throughout the remainder of his career.


Modern

While in his study thinking over a method on how to be a more effective crime fighter and a solution on the means of fighting injustice, Bruce Wayne saw a bat crash through his window and perch on the bust of his father picture. Realizing that the only way to fight the criminals, the crime and the evil of this world was to adopt a symbol Bruce adopts the persona of his greatest fear - a bat - in order to conceal his identity and to 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, but the primary impetus of his decision to adopt the bat persona has always been the incident of the bat crashing through the window of his study. It is as a result of this incident and this event that the Batsuit was developed and the legend of Batman was born. Stylistically, the Batsuit was designed to evoke fear in his opponents, but every aspect of the suit's design serves a critical function in Batman's career. One of the earliest modifications to the suit, was the nose-piece, which Bruce outfitted with special filters, specifically to counteract the effects of the Scarecrow's Fear Toxin. [3].The costume is made of kevlar fabric coated anti flames and titanium, the boots, gloves and spine to protect from falls and lessen the impact.

Not long after, Batman made additional alterations to his cape, incorporating a thin lattice of flexible rods that could be used to grant him glider-like capabilities. These accoutrements proved ideal for aerial combat, particularly against other flying adversaries such as the Man-Bat. [4] Note: Batman creator Bob Kane based the concept behind Batman's cape functionality on the "flying machine" schematics designed by Italian artist and inventor Leonardo da Vinci. [5] The glider-cape concept was also used in the 2005 film Batman Begins. In the film, Wayne Enterprises developed technology which they referred to as memory cloth. In its natural state, the memory cloth remained flexible, but by sending a current into the fibre, it would realign the molecules, making them rigid. The shape of the memory cloth could be tailored to the specifications of the user. Former board member Lucius Fox provided Bruce Wayne with a sample of memory cloth which he later incorporated into his costume. When asked why he needed such material, Wayne told him that he wanted it for "base jumping".

Jean-Paul Valley redesigned the batsuit from Bruce Wayne's version during his tenure as Batman. Valley created an armored suit that contained more gadgets, including a shuriken launcher, flamethrower and other, more lethal weapons. This version of the suit did away with the traditional traits of the the original Batsuit which was Bruce Wayne's cape and cowl. Instead the new Batsuit featured armoured and bladed wings and was highly bullet proof, capable of sustaining direct machine gun barrages as well as enduring the explosions from grenades and high intensity fire. The suit also featured an underwater re-breather. A circular Ammo feeder affixed to the back of the suit provided Valley with continuous shuriken. In the end, the suit became Valley's vulnerable point and his one true weakness, as Bruce realized that his replacement had become too reliant upon the suit's gadgetry. In their final confrontation, Wayne, in his traditional bat costume, tricked Valley into discarding the armour. Upon seeing Wayne revealed in his batsuit under blinding daylight, Valley's fragile mind collapsed and he acknowledged Bruce Wayne as the true Batman.

Utility Belt

Main article: Utility Belt

Batarangs,Grappling Hook, Kryptonite Ring, Line gun/Grapnel Gun, Bat-Bolas, A Skeleton Key, Stun/Flash-Bang grenades, Bat-cuffs, Bat-Monitor, Communications Device, Darts, First Aid Kit, Laser Torch, Night Vision Goggles, Flashlight, Lock Pick, Micro-Camera, Rebreather, Smoke Pellets,Miniature Smoke Grenades, Miniature Toolkit, Marble, Cryo Capsules, Goo Gun, Cash, Thermite Grenades

Utility Belt

  • Main Features = Cape, Gloves, Gauntlets, Armor, Cowl, Boots, Utility Belt, Batman Logo
  • Suit Colors = Black, Blue, Gray, Yellow


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