One Batman fan has taken the New 52 approach to his cosplay, choosing function over fashion for a combat-ready Batsuit that can withstand physical blows, baseball bats, and even machetes.
A Philadelphia University student by the name of Jackson—wait for it—Gordon constructed his own self-designed Dark Knight armor out of kevlar and silicone molds. But since since his net-worth falls more on the side of Ramen-eating college student than billionaire industrialist, Gordon (that’s what he prefers to go by, naturally) took to Kickstarter to fund his suit. After successfully raising over $1,200 in 30 days, Gordon then built the suit in just under two months. And he didn't even need a butler to help him.
The finished suit clocks in about 25 pounds, with the protective cowl comprising 3 of those pounds. Despite the hefty weight, Gordon said that he hardly notices it.
“If this were to inhibit my movement, it would be completely useless,” Gordon, an industrial design student, told USA Today. Hey, as long as Gordon’s batsuit lets him turn his head, then it’s already a win.
With his batsuit ready for combat—and parading—Gordon displayed it at Maryland’s Katsucon, earlier this month, where he invited numerous con attendees to assault him as much as they pleased. Sure enough, the suit held.
But the real question bat-fans should ask is: How does it do against Rottweilers and chihuahuas?