Batman Costume With 23 Functioning Gadgets Wins Guinness World Record

Monday, 13 November 2017 - 10:31AM
Monday, 13 November 2017 - 10:31AM
Batman Costume With 23 Functioning Gadgets Wins Guinness World Record
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Bruce Wayne better step up his game—special effects expert Julian Checkley has created a cosplay with 23 functioning gadgets that gives the Dark Knight a run for his money.

The appealing thing about Batman is that there's nothing stopping the average comic book fan from donning their own cape and cowl and becoming Batman themselves.

Batman isn't a weirdly gorgeous space alien like Superman, or an ageless goddess like Wonder Woman. He's just a guy, equipped with more gear and resources (and money) than most people, but otherwise, incredibly unremarkable.

Eager to prove that all it takes to become Batman is the right set of gadgets, Checkley has created the ultimate cosplay, combining 23 working versions of the Caped Crusader's iconic tools into one fully functioning superhero suit.

Sure, this sucker won't stop a knife, but it does come equipped with a genuine grappling gun, a UV lamp, a remote tracker, smoke bombs, and, most impressive of all, a functioning stun gun.

There's sadly no Bat Shark Repellant or Bat Credit Card in this particular suit—Checkley took his inspiration specifically from the Arkham game series' depiction of Batman, which should be recognizable to any fan of the game, as the broad, armor-plated suit strongly resembles the player character in the video games.

What's really impressive is that all the various pieces of this armored suit were actually 3D-printed, then weathered and painted using authentic costume effects techniques.

The ever-dropping price of 3D printers makes it far easier for any costuming enthusiast to produce their own Batman suit (or lightsaber, or Lego go-kart)—thankfully, unlike the proposed printer for the International Space Station, these don't require astronaut pee in order to print out new tools.

Checkey's suit has proven so impressive that he's won a spot in this year's Guinness Book of World Records: Gamer Edition, a specific set of awards that are growing in popularity as video games culture gains greater widespread acceptance.

Said Checkey of his award:

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"There were many long hours trying devising the gadgets and finding ways to store them on the suit. They are classic gadgets but also some are specific to Batman: Arkham Origins. I am immensely proud of my Guinness World Records title and to be part of the Gamer's Edition is just the next level."
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Checkey isn't the only expert who's working to turn himself into Batman.

NASA has developed a Mars rover that looks suspiciously like the Batmobile, and with the US army experimenting with high tech armor made from genetically enhanced spider silk, we may not be far away from seeing a world, as envisioned by The Incredibles' Syndrome, where everyone is super, thanks to the onset of incredible futuristic technology.

His only unique superpower (as noted in the Justice League trailers) is his obscene wealth that allows him to buy all the gadgets needed to be Batman.

If eager fans can 3D print a lot of this technology at home, the eccentric billionaire probably needs to find a new way to make himself seem like more than just a man. As we learn at the end of Batman Begins, escalation is common in the field of superheroics.
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Batman Costume With 23 Functioning Gadgets Wins Guinness World Record