We can't all be Bruce Wayne, a gazillionaire playboy with Morgan Freeman hanging around making super-cool gadgets and gear. That cold, hard reality didn't stop prop maker Jackson Gordon from fashioning a combat-worthy Batsuit of his very own. Gordon built himself a Batsuit from Kevlar, impact-absorbing foam and plating. The result is a 25-pound (11-kilogram) flexible, mobile suit that withstands punches, knives and clubs (but not bullets).
Gordon unveiled the suit a few months ago, but now is offering up video evidence of its worthiness for fighting crime. The video features suitably dramatic music and some enthusiastic attempts at martial arts moves. It also offers footage of an assailant punching and kicking Gordon in the stomach and chest. A stab and slash test does little more than scuff the surface of the armor.
A second video shows Gordon taking an almighty whack to the stomach from an iron pipe.
The suit cost Gordon about $2,000 to put together. Compare that with the estimated cost of $300,000 (as tallied by Lucius Fox in "Batman Begins") for an advanced Kevlar armored survival suit. Holy Bat-budgets, Batman.
If you can't wait to get a Batsuit of your very own, you can at least get started by ordering just the combat cowl for $275 (about £188, AU$358) from the Armatus Designs site. The cowl is made from polyurethane resin to resist slashes and provide a little bit of impact protection. The eyes are covered with steel mesh to avoid those Three Stooges sort of situations involving eye-poking assaults.
Gordon's Batsuit really does look pretty nifty. It has the gauntlets with the protruding blades, a cool Bat logo on the chest, a dramatically sculpted face mask and the sense of invincibility only a knife-proof suit can give you. It just goes to show you don't need a Batcave to make movie magic happen in real life.