You'd think with all the crazy technology out there, Batman would be able to have some jetpackish thing to give him the power of flight. I know he needs stealth and all that, but still I think his arsenal in general is less advanced than it could be. I mean instead of breaking dudes' bones he could just long distance pepper spray them and then knock them out. There's a wide variety of nonlethal weaponry at his disposal that he doesn't seem to use. Flashbangs, teargas, beanbag guns, foam spray, rubber bullets in the legs etc. I know the whole sneaky sneaky biff pow thing is more interesting, but I think his life would be a lot easier if he carried mace and a stun baton. :P
Why can't Batman fly? (a discussion of non lethal weaponry)
" @MisterMollusk said:lmao...but seriously....he wants to get in there close so that during the fights the criminals will catch glimpses of him and spread their fear to other criminals" I mean instead of breaking dudes' bones he could just long distance pepper spray them and then knock them out. "He's Batman, not someone's mom walking out to her car after a late YMCA clay class. "
I sometimes wonder this too, I mean it's not like it would be completely out of character for him to use something that allowed him to fly. On the Brave and the Bold cartoon his cape would turn into a jet pack sometimes so he could fly but he mostly still used the grappling gun. Also in Batman Beyond, I know it was Terry not Bruce but it's a suit Bruce designed and wore for awhile, on that the suit could fly but Terry would use the grappling gun from time to time. So in the comics he should do something similar, use something for flight but mainly stick with the grappling gun because it seems he would prefer that.
The out of universe answer is that it would take away from the fundamental attraction of Batman, a hero who is essentially human and vulnerable on the battlefield. If he used that sort of equipment, he could probably design tech like Tony, and that is hardly as exciting to most people as the ninja style action of Batman.
The in universe answer to my mind is that Batman wants to make a statement as Batman. Sure, he could design Iron Man type gear, and he has as is demonstrated every month with Batwing and was explored in Batman and Robin 12. However, Batman does not want to project the image of being a powerhouse who can shake mountains. Rather, he wants to be known simply as a man, a myth, a shadow. Who scares you more if you are a lowlife thug getting ready to mug somebody, Batman or Iron Man? Sure, Iron Man could damage you much more, but his tech actually means he has to show more restraint. Furthermore, you would almost surely know if Iron Man was in the neighborhood, but you never know when Batman might be watching you.
@MisterMollusk said:" I mean instead of breaking dudes' bones he could just long distance pepper spray them and then knock them out. "He's Batman, not someone's mom walking out to her car after a late YMCA clay class.
Always the best kind--Wait! Mod! Retreat! Retreat! Sound the alarm!
Actually... The in universe is simple. The premise of his weaponry is that you should generally not rely upon it and rockets, as far as we've seen in the DCU aren't within their technology level. They are just barely outside of it. They're still bulky and flashy at the present.
As to the other technology he does have all that stuff on him, or accessible, but there is only so much you can carry on you while maintaining your maneuverability.
The biggest factor though is that part of his goals are to scare criminals. Not just put them down. Guns don't scare anyone, not in the way that is needed. I know it sounds weird but guns aren't "scary" they are weapons and you generally know how it works and if someone is using a gun you know their general attack pattern. On the other hand if you have a guy who is dressed like Batman, obviously has weapons, drop from the sky, hides in the shadows, etc... it's unpredictable and you don't know what he's going to do or where he's coming from. If given the option most people would rather face the guy with the gun than the guy in the Bat suit.
Why do people want batman to be able to do everything. One of the reasons he's so popular is because he doesnt have any powers. One of the things that I think should be a priority in the new 52 is getting rid of the Batgod concept its getting annoying to thhink that half the villians batman fights could be beaten easily is batman would just create a contingency plan or put on his insider suit or one of his other batsuits
@Eternal19: Well there doing pretty good job so fare he gotten his but kick in Batman, Batman Dark Knight (comic not movie), he got beat in Batman and Robin, Detective I haven't read in tell issu 0 and 13 and I don't read that one Batman comic with Talia but so fare they haven't mad him all Batgod (yet)
I don't think it lines up with his training in the ninja arts, he's all about being silent and invisible while getting near for the close hurting. Batman needs to intimidate his opponents and be more than just a brawling fighter who pounds people into giving up.
On the other hand, Jason Todd would probably agree that Batman could have used something faster. :\
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