If you're ready to see a cosplay that'll make you say "Holy Smokes," then you've got to check out Julian Checkley's stunning Batman suit. The special effects artist created a hyper-realistic cosplay that's sourced straight from Batman: Arkham Origins, and the impressive suit has now earned him a spot in the Guinness World Records.
Julian was awarded a world record which says his cosplay has the most functional gadgets with over 20 pieces. Given the creator's background, Julian was able to create all of Batman's hi-tech gadgets. The suit includes several classic Batman tools such as the hero's Batarang, but it also houses several exclusive pieces from Arkham Origins. Armed with a grappling hook and Bluetooth 'Bat Tracker,' Julian's cosplay looks like it was lifted straight from the game itself.
Discussing his suit's gadgets, Julian said, "there were many long hours trying devising the gadgets and finding ways to store them on the suit." But it's good the creator was able to find clever ways to incorporate all 23 pieces of gear into his cosplay. After all, Julian's record says his gadgets must be integrated in the suit instead of being separate, carried pieces. The creator even went so far as to enlist the help of an electrical engineer to ensure his EMP Stun Gun would safely fit in his suit despite its 2000 wattage.
But, for Julian, the project was one of passion given his love of Batman. "I've always been a Batman fan," he said. "He's kind of an anti-hero. He's kind of dark, but he's still a good guy. And there's so much scope to do so many fun things with the suit - I love the suit. I loved building it."
As for why the creator chose to base his Batman suit off Arkham Origins, Julian explained the game really focused on utilizing the hero's tools. He said, "The Arkham Origins game really has Batman's gadgets in there, and they're quite specific to Arkham Origins."
When Julian is suited-up, the cosplay makes him stand at over 6"10' due his cowl's ears. Even without its gadgets, the suit easily stands up to nit-picky fans. Julian used 3D printing to create moulds which he then cast in rubber. He then detailed the parts and mounted them onto an undersuit before weathering Batman's suit so it looked like it had fought on Gotham's crime-ridden streets.
Of course, Julian is thrilled to have his cosplay honored with a world record. "To be a record-holder is amazing, quite literally amazing," he explained. And, when asked about which suit gadget was his favorite, the creator said he really loved Batman's gas dispenser and Bat Tracking device.
If you're curious as to which gadgets are equipped in Julian's cosplay, then check out the full list below!
- Fireball Shooter
- Gauntlet Video Screens x 2
- Bat Tracking Beacon
- Bat Sign Projector
- Folding Batarang
- Grapnel Gun
- Cowl Respirator
- Pneumatic Tranquilliser Gun
- Ultrasonic Anti Dog Device.
- Bat Shuriken x 4 11. UV Lamp
- Ball Bearing Grenades x 2
- Gauntlet Flashlight 14. Medi-kit.
- Battery Pack.
- Laser Designator.
- Strobe Stun Gun.
- Gas Dispenser
- Smoke Bombs x 2
- The Bat Flask.
- Concealed Laryngeal Microphone.
- Two-way Radio.