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Encyclopedia > Batman's utility belt

Batman's utility belt is the most characteristic portion of Batman's costume, much like Wonder Woman's Lasso of Truth, or Green Lantern's power ring. Batman (originally referred to as the Bat-Man and still referred to at times as the Batman) is a DC Comics fictional superhero who first appeared in Detective Comics #27 in May 1939. ... A belt is a flexible band, typically made of leather or heavy cloth, and worn around the waist. ... Batmans current costume, as shown in the Hush story arc. ... Wonder Woman is a fictional DC Comics superheroine co-created by William Moulton Marston and wife Elizabeth Holloway Marston. ... Wonder Woman holding the Lasso of Truth from Wonder Woman v2 #186. ... For the DJ, see DJ Green Lantern. ... For other uses, see Power ring. ...

The exact contents of the belt are not known, as Batman changes them to suit his needs; his uncanny ability to carry the appropriate tools for a mission is legendary.

Batman's enemies are especially interested in the belt as they believe it will give them an advantage over him, but the belt's pockets are locked and only Batman knows how to open them. Occasionally, the belt is depicted as having defense mechanisms such as electric shock or stun gas or even an explosive device in order to prevent tampering. Alex Ross Jokers Reckoning. ...

Similar belts are used by the various Robins, Batgirls and other members of the Batman family. Robin is a fictional superhero published by DC Comics. ... Art from Wizard Magazine (2006), featuring Barbara and Cassandra as Batgirl. ... Cover to Batman Allies: Secret Files & Origins 2005. ...



Up until 1989, most artists drew the utility belt as a simple yellow belt with a buckle and cylinders around it. In 1986, Frank Miller drew Batman's utility belt with military-style pouches in the Batman: The Dark Knight Returns limited series. This rendition was utilized again in Batman: Year One and used by almost every artist in the Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight comics series. In 2000, the pouches became a standard feature in the depiction of the utility belt. Frank Miller (born January 27, 1957) is an American writer, artist and film director best known for his film noir-style comic book stories. ... The premiere issue of the series Spoiler warning: The Dark Knight Returns (known as DKR by fans) is a superhero comic book story published by DC Comics between 1985 and 1986, starring Batman. ... The limited series is a term referring to a comic book series with a set finite number of issues. ... Batman: Year One was the title of a comic book written by Frank Miller, illustrated by David Mazzuchelli and colored/painted by Richmond Lewis, released in 1988 by DC Comics. ... Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight, commonly referred to as simply Legends of the Dark Knight is a DC comic book featuring Batman. ...

One feature added to the utility belt in the two Tim Burton directed Batman films, Batman (1989 film) and Batman Returns, was a small motor which would move items from the back of the belt around to the front allowing Batman easier access to his weaponry and tools. The feature was seen briefly when Batman and Vicki Vale were escaping the Joker's henchmen in the alley and when he rescued Selina Kyle from the Penguin's clown henchmen at the beginning of Batman Returns. Timothy William Burton (born August 25, 1958) is an Academy Award-nominated American film director, writer and designer known for his off-beat and quirky style. ... Batman is an American Academy Award-winning superhero film based on the DC Comics character Batman created by Bob Kane and Bill Finger. ... Batman Returns is a 1992 motion picture based on the Batman character created by Bob Kane and Bill Finger. ... Vicki Vale is a fictional character in the DC Comics universe, a reporter who was the most prominent and longest lasting love interest of Bruce Wayne and his alter-ego, Batman. ... The tense of this article is unsuitable for an encyclopedia. ... Cover of Catwoman #2, February 2002. ... The Penguin (Oswald Chesterfield Cobblepot), is a DC Comics supervillain and an enemy of Batman. ...

A common gag amongst comic fans is Batman's apparent ability to carry a tool for almost every eventuality on his belt, all prefixed with the word bat, such as bat-cookies and bat-milk. Oftentimes, especially in the Adam West series, Batman could carry everything needed for a particular scenario, from typical batarangs to a miniature batphone which remotely linked to the one in the batmobile. This also extended to the bizarre, such as Bat Shark Repellent Spray (when Batman was in a surfing contest with the Joker and was threatened by a shark), adding to the comic depiction of the BatBelt Adam West (born September 19, 1928) is an American actor, best known for playing the role of Batman on the original television program that ran from 1966 to 1968. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ...


Although seemingly unremarkable in appearance, the utility belt is one of Batman's most important tools in fighting crime. Composed of a kevlar strap and metal buckle, the utility belt houses ten cylinder cartridges, which vertically clip onto the outside of the belt. The buckle itself contains a miniature camera and two-way radio. A secondary compartment behind the length of the belt houses Batman's supply of collapsible batarangs. Look up cylinder in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Large format camera lens. ... A two-way radio is simply a radio that can both transmit and receive (a transceiver). ... Batman surrounded by batarangs. ...

Each of the ten cylinders contains various tools integral to Batman's war on crime, and are interchangeable with other cylinders depending on Batman's needs for the mission. Through the years, Batman has modified the contents of his belt to accommodate various needs.


Elements of the utility belt at times include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Batarangs: [1] Batman's version of the Shuriken[2]. They have often been more closely identified with boomerangs. A large array of different types and sizes for different effects (ie blunt impact, edged, slashing, etc. and uses.
  • Bat-bolas: [3] Thrown around the feet of Batman's enemies to tie them with a composite-nylon cord. Often causes an escaping opponent to trip. With the push of a button in Batman's glove it can deliver an electric shock.
  • Bat-cuffs: [4] Bat shaped handcuffs, resembling the kind used by Special Forces units. These restraints are made of a lightweight diamond-impregnated nylon overlaying a banded steel core. Using a one-piece design, they slide closed and have to be cut off. Batman has given a special tool with a diamond-edged cutting implement to the Gotham PD for removal.
  • Bat-Tracer:[5] Used to track enemies Batman can't follow closely.
  • Goo gun:[7] A handheld foam projector that fires an adhesive-like substance to incapacitate opponents.
  • Laser torch: [13] A strong miniaturized laser use as a cutting tool.
  • Line gun: (Grapnel Gun) [14][15][16] Similar to a grappling hook, the line gun uses a strong clamp attached to a line for scaling surfaces and/or traversing gaps. It can be recovered by releasing the clamp and rewinding the cable. It was based from one that is designed as compact climbing gear for commando units.
  • Miniaturized toolkit [19]
  • Rebreather: [20] Allows Batman to breathe underwater or in vacuum. Depending on the writer and/or artist, it may also be incorporated with the gas mask.
  • Smoke pellets: [21] Often used to quickly provide cover for Batman's stealthly exits and entries. Gas pellets are used as well for non-lethally incapacitating opponents. Lachrymatory and regurgitant agents are deployed by throwing or breaking open the small hardened-gelatin spheroid capsules.
  • Thermite grenades: An incendiary used to burn[24] through obstacles. In Batman: Year One, the thermite charge ignited accidentally and destroyed the utility belt. Although they are identified as Thermite, it is safe to assume that Thermate is used instead. (The former is a World War II technology which has largely been replaced by the latter.)

Batman surrounded by batarangs. ... It has been suggested that Shuriken-jutsu be merged into this article or section. ... This article is about the wooden implement. ... Gaucho Bolas Bolas (from Spanish bola, ball, also known as boleadoras) are a throwing weapon made of weights on the ends of interconnected cords, designed to capture animals by entangling their legs. ... Hiatts Speedcuffs in holster, as used by UK police A model wearing handcuffs, waist chain, and thumbcuffs Old handcuffs Handcuffs are restraints designed to secure an individuals wrists close together. ... There are several uses for Tracer: Tracer ammunition Tracer isotope or radioactive tracers as used in positron emission tomography, SPECT and autoradiography. ... A transceiver is a device that has both a transmitter and a receiver which are combined in to one. ... There are very few or no other articles that link to this one. ... A grappling hook is a composite hook attached to a rope, designed to be thrown or projected a distance, where its hooks will engage with the target. ... Experimental night vision goggles. ... Image of two girls in mid-infrared (thermal) light (false-color) Infrared (IR) radiation is electromagnetic radiation of a wavelength longer than that of visible light, but shorter than that of radio waves. ... Superman, Phantom Zone criminals, and Jimmy Olsen, in front of a display of kryptonite models. ... Superman is a comic book superhero, originally created by American writer Jerry Siegel and Canadian artist Joe Shuster and published by DC Comics. ... Krypton is a fictional planet in the DC Comics universe. ... A laser (acronym for Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation) is an optical source that emits light in a coherent beam. ... A grappling hook is a composite hook attached to a rope, designed to be thrown or projected a distance, where its hooks will engage with the target. ... Large format camera lens. ... For the alcoholic beverage sold in New Orleans, see hand grenade (drink). ... A rebreather is a type of breathing set that provides a breathing gas containing oxygen and recycles exhaled gas. ... Home made smoke powder burning Smoke bombs are a firework designed to produce colored smoke upon ignition. ... For the alcoholic beverage sold in New Orleans, see hand grenade (drink). ... For the alcoholic beverage sold in New Orleans, see hand grenade (drink). ... Batman: Year One was the title of a comic book written by Frank Miller, illustrated by David Mazzuchelli and colored/painted by Richmond Lewis, released in 1988 by DC Comics. ... A thermite mixture using Iron Oxide A thermite reaction is a type of aluminothermic reaction in which aluminium metal is oxidized by the oxide of another metal, most commonly iron oxide. ... Thermate, or Thermate-TH3, is an incendiary compound primarily used for military applications. ... Combatants Allied powers: China France Great Britain Soviet Union United States and others Axis powers: Germany Italy Japan and others Commanders Chiang Kai-shek Charles de Gaulle Winston Churchill Joseph Stalin Franklin Roosevelt Adolf Hitler Benito Mussolini Hideki Tōjō Casualties Military dead: 17,000,000 Civilian dead: 33,000...

Appearance in other media


  1. ^ Batarang
  2. ^ Ninja star
  3. ^ Bat-bolas
  4. ^ Bat-cuffs
  5. ^ Hand indicator
  6. ^ Commuicator
  7. ^ Goo gun
  8. ^ Bat-hook
  9. ^ Bat-rope
  10. ^ Bat-claw
  11. ^ Sonar suit
  12. ^ e.g., Superman/Batman #32
  13. ^ Bat-laser
  14. ^ Line gun
  15. ^ Gauntlet
  16. ^ Double grappling hook
  17. ^ Bat-monitor
  18. ^ Bat-cap: Batman (1989 film)
  19. ^ Bat-saw
  20. ^ Batsub
  21. ^ Bat-caps: Batman (1989 film)
  22. ^ Bat-bomb
  23. ^ Bat-cap: Batman Returns
  24. ^ Bat-heater
  25. ^ Bat-Equipment - On the Utility Belts
  26. ^ http://www.batmanytb.com/tv/60series/gadgets/belts.php
  27. ^ http://www.batmanytb.com/movies/batman/gadgets/weapons.php
  28. ^ http://www.batmanytb.com/movies/batmanreturns/gadgets/weapons.php
  29. ^ Optically, this utility belt corresponds to its predecessor model from Batman (1989 film). However, its color was somewhat optimized. The motor which brings the gadgets forward, was accelerated.
  30. ^ http://www.batmanytb.com/movies/batmanforever/gadgets/weapons.php
  31. ^ The utility belt of the Panther Suits are fastened in the back. In the front "peace symbol" oval, the representative bat is engraved. The oval caps contain gadgets such as the Batarang and Bat-bola. Additional gadgets such as the as Bat-goo gun are fastened in the back of the the back of the belt. Also, the control unit for the fire protection costume is in the chambers.
  32. ^ http://www.paratime.ca/v_and_v/pics/utility_belt.jpg
  33. ^ http://www.batmanytb.com/movies/batmanbegins/gadgets/weapons.php

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