The Batsuit is one of the most well-known and famous superhero suits of all time. All superhero suits have evolved and advanced and integrated technology in more and more ways over time. And Batsuit is no different. In comparison, most superheroes have superpowers, which explains their suits less of a problem. Everything that Batman does while wearing a suit, from gliding to using his gauntlets, can be presented with the help of technology.
For example, over time, his suit has evolved into an armored suit instead of a regular one that uses bullet-proof materials to avoid bullets. Similarly, his Batarangs and utility belt, his weapons, everything now finds basis in technology to explain their use. Even the spikes on Batman’s gloves evolved into detachable projectiles of sorts that Batman uses against his enemies.
This article will discuss the evolution of these Batman gauntlets on the Batsuit over time.
Origins of Batman Gauntlets
Batman’s gloves have seen massive redesigning over time. Believe it or not, when the gloves debuted in Detective Comics # 27, they were purple-colored. And there was nothing out of the ordinary about these gloves apart from the color. The gloves then evolved into Batman gauntlets for the first time in Detective Comics # 31 and extended just a little bit beyond the standard glove length.
After this, the gloves evolved to integrate claws as well. Over time we saw that the Batman gauntlets also integrated spikes that have become a regular feature since then.
Evolution of Batman Gauntlets
The Batman Gauntlets have been a regular feature on the Batsuit but had very little practical use until Batman: The Animated Series, after which they were used heavily in hand-to-hand combat for blocking. These spiked Batman gauntlets also made an appearance in Michael Keaton’s Batman films but were rarely focused on.
In Justice League Animated Series and its sequel, Batman again employed these spiked gauntlets while fighting enemies. But it wasn’t until Nolan’s Batman trilogy that we get to see why these were added to the Batsuit in the first place. We see Bruce Wayne wearing these spiked gauntlets for protection against swords or knives as well as other attacks when he was training with the league of shadows in Batman Begins. These spikes were hard enough to break the sword of Ra’s al Ghul into pieces.
After Bruce formally becomes Batman when he returns to Gotham, he uses a modified version of his training gauntlets. The spikes attached to these gauntlets can be released as projectiles by Batman. These gauntlets were heavily used in The Dark Knight Trilogy.
Further Evolution in Zack Snyder”s Justice League
After Affleck’s Batman faces Doomsday in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Parademons in Justice League. He adapts his suit to face such creatures as well. Parademons frequently use energy cannons while attacking people in the film and we see Alfred working on new gauntlets that use specialized polymer solar cells to absorb the energy beams from these cannons and dissipate their energy. Bruce developed these gauntlets because his regular bullet-proof Batsuit was practically useless against the energy cannons that Parademons used.
Bruce not only successfully used these new and improved gauntlets against Parademons successfully but also used them for absorbing Superman’s laser beam.
The gauntlets might have been added to the Batsuit because they look cool, initially. But now they have become an integral part of the Batsuit with Batman using the gauntlets more often now. With new innovations in the superhero genre every day. It would be really interesting to see how these gauntlets are evolved in the future as well.
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