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Batman Tech Bat Armor & Cape

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Published on Sep 6, 2008

Night in and night out, Batman keeps the streets of Gotham City safe from crime and villainy. One of the most extraordinary things about Batman is this: Despite the fact that he's a superhero, he doesn't actually posses any super powers. Instead of relying on unearthly abilities, Batman uses ingenuity, deception and clever gadgetry to give him an edge over Gotham's criminal element. Nothing instills fear in the hearts of Gotham's wrongdoers more than Batman's menacing appearance, and that appearance is all about the Batsuit.The Batsuit does a lot more for Batman than make him look scary. On its own, the suit is a pretty impressive piece of technology. The Batsuit combines armor, communications and combat technologies into one state-of-the-art crime-fighting system.The main element of the Batsuit is a modified, advanced infantry armor system called the Nomax Survival Suit."Batman Begins" Production Notes
Because the matte black finish of the Batsuit got visibly dirty so easily, two crew members had to constantly follow actor Christian Bale around the set wiping smudges off the suit during filming.

The base of the Nomax Survival Suit is a neoprene undersuit, much like a SCUBA diver wears. This undersuit basically functions as waterproof, light armor with temperature-regulating elements that maintain the body's temperature and keep muscles from freezing up in the field.Batman has augmented the over-armor with his custom-designed, scalloped-brass forearm gauntlets (painted matte black, of course). These gauntlets, along with his Kevlar gloves, make Batman's arms a viable defensive or offensive weapon. His gauntlets allow him to protect himself against bladed weapons like swords or knives. The armor and scalloped blades also add extra power and pain to Batman's strikes."Batman Begins" Production Notes
Unlike the Batsuits from previous films, the new design allows the actor portraying Batman to turn his head. In the other films, Batman has to turn his entire torso to look to the left or right.

Batman replaced the traditional helmet that accompanies the Nomax Suit with his distinctive cowl, which does more than simply add to his daunting appearance.
Batman's cowl is sculpted from an impact-resistant, graphite-composite exterior. There is also bullet-proof Kevlar plating that shields sections of Batman's head and protects it from small-arms fire. Bundled into the "ears" of the cowl are high-gain microphones and a radio antenna. The radio antenna allows Batman to monitor police and emergency-services radio frequencies.The microphones in the ears are combined with special earpieces in the cowl that give Batman superior hearing in the field. The microphones can also be used to amplify Batman's voice and broadcast it through a discreet speaker in the suit. This is what gives Batman's voice that distinctive, disembodied and unearthly sound.Based on a nylon derivative, the special memory fiber, can billow and flow like any fabric -- but when an electric charge is applied to the fiber, it becomes stiff and takes on a distinctive shape. For instance, Batman's cape has been sculpted into a kind of glider than can slow his falls or even allow for short flights.Batman carries a variety of non-lethal deterrents and other field equipment on his belt. The utility belt features:
Magnetic grappling gun with monofilament decelerator climbing line
Flexible, fiber-optic periscope
Razor-sharp alloy, shuriken-style throwing stars
Ninja spikes for the hands and feet
Mini-mines and various non-lethal explosives
A mini cell phone with an encrypted signal
Medical kit
Though it's not on his belt, one of Batman's most innovative and effective gadgets is the sonic device he carries in the heel of one of his boots. This device can be used to summon swarms of bats instantly to create mass chaos

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