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#1 Posted by YourNeighborhoodComicGeek (20945 posts) - - Show Bio

I mean, he can make a huge, high tech suit, and he could make devices and gadgets to hold off the likes of Superman, but he resorts to a simple grappling hook to travel though the high airs? It's really unreliable and there is no way he could travel that high/fast if he was in a setting like a desert. I understand he has a Bat-Copter or something like that, but that's not portable and convenient. Heck, he could make himself a pair of gravity-defying boots and make himself fly. He has created more complex machines.

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#2 Posted by Avenging-X-Bolt (14285 posts) - - Show Bio

He probably has one but saves it for when he really needs it.

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#3 Posted by YourNeighborhoodComicGeek (20945 posts) - - Show Bio

@Avenging-X-Bolt said:

He probably has one but saves it for when he really needs it.

LOL.

Then I wonder what classifies as "really needing it" when there was countless encounters that decided the fate of the Earth, and he still used his grappling hooks.

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#4 Posted by Batking200 (987 posts) - - Show Bio

Why doesn't he where the insider suit all the time. BECAUSE HE'S BATMAN

#5 Posted by YourNeighborhoodComicGeek (20945 posts) - - Show Bio

@Batking200 said:

Why doesn't he where the insider suit all the time. BECAUSE HE'S BATMAN

The Insider Suit is far more complex than a pair of jetpacks.

But, in a way, you may be correct. It may not be in Batman's style, like his morals for not killing. Maybe he feels like an actual bat more with only grappling hooks?

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#6 Posted by Avenging-X-Bolt (14285 posts) - - Show Bio

Name a specific one

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#7 Posted by YourNeighborhoodComicGeek (20945 posts) - - Show Bio

@Avenging-X-Bolt said:

Name a specific one

Mmm....

Crisis on Two Earths?

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#8 Posted by Avenging-X-Bolt (14285 posts) - - Show Bio

Been a long time since I've seen that movie, can you refresh my memory?

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#9 Posted by YourNeighborhoodComicGeek (20945 posts) - - Show Bio
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#10 Posted by JonSmith (4190 posts) - - Show Bio

I've said it before, I'll say it again: Batman doesn't give himself anything that would replicate superpowers because he knows it would be unfair to the rest of the universe.

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#11 Posted by Batking200 (987 posts) - - Show Bio

@JonSmith said:

I've said it before, I'll say it again: Batman doesn't give himself anything that would replicate superpowers because he knows it would be unfair to the rest of the universe.

True. Hilarious but true

#12 Posted by jobiwankenobi (1498 posts) - - Show Bio

He does when he fights firefly in the The Batman cartoon.

#13 Posted by Avenging-X-Bolt (14285 posts) - - Show Bio

I know what the movie is, I have it on DVD, I havnt watched it in a long time. When specifically in the movie did he need a jetpack? Aren't most of his teammates capable of flight? Couldn't they y'know just catch him. And to supplemt jobiwankenobi's statement, he also does in the DCAU.

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#14 Posted by InnerVenom123 (29814 posts) - - Show Bio

Jetpacks aren't as cool as grappling hooks.

#15 Posted by Avenging-X-Bolt (14285 posts) - - Show Bio

Yeah you've got a point. I guess it just feels like he's iron man once you reach a certain point. Batman is supposed to be a perfect blend of physical and mental prowess. Plus the grappling hook adds a certain elegance. So you have a point in saying that from a practical viewpoint better tech makes more sense, but from a thematic/creative viewpoint, the grappling hook is the way to go.

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#16 Posted by HammerTron (759 posts) - - Show Bio

Because a jetpack would be unrealistic the the Batman universe.

#17 Posted by The_Soverighn (2116 posts) - - Show Bio

he gave batwing a jet pack

#18 Posted by Jodez (157 posts) - - Show Bio

Why doesn't he just go all Red Robin on us and use wings? Bats can fly after all...

But yeah he already sorta has a jetpack suit, but only uses it for emergencies

#19 Posted by The Stegman (28739 posts) - - Show Bio

Bats glide across the night sky,not shoot across it like a rocket, hence he has grappling hooks and a cape that doubles as a glider.

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#20 Posted by YourNeighborhoodComicGeek (20945 posts) - - Show Bio

@HammerTron said:

Because a jetpack would be unrealistic the the Batman universe.

He made a laser gun that KO'd Darkseid.

How is a jetpack unrealistic?

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#21 Posted by minigunman123 (3262 posts) - - Show Bio

Why doesn't Superman fly across the world and stop every "common" criminal (and most metahuman criminals) in a single night due to his incredible reflexes and speed? Why doesn't Barry Allen?

If we start to question comics then it all falls apart...

#22 Edited by britsera (205 posts) - - Show Bio

A jet pack would be heavy, and would really limit his on the ground mobility and H2H (can't do flips or high kicks as well, etc). I think Bats would rather have to use his grapple (which also doubles as a weapon, unlike a jetpack) than impose a handicap on himself.

#23 Posted by YourNeighborhoodComicGeek (20945 posts) - - Show Bio

@britsera said:

A jet pack would be heavy, and would really limit his on the ground mobility and H2H (can't do flips or high kicks as well, etc). I think Bats would rather have to use his grapple (which also doubles as a weapon, unlike a jetpack) than impose a handicap on himself.

Well he is smart enough to make gravity-defying boots.

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#24 Posted by joshuagamer (727 posts) - - Show Bio

ha has many jetpacks, it's simply not a piece of his normal gear

#25 Posted by Big_Nasty (411 posts) - - Show Bio

A bat glides, save the jet pack for batman beyond, its more fitting .

#26 Posted by PurpleCandy (960 posts) - - Show Bio

He has... but yeah he dosen't use it often. Possibly to remain stealthy or the risk it might explode on him if shot at

#27 Posted by PurpleCandy (960 posts) - - Show Bio

@HammerTron said:

Because a jetpack would be unrealistic the the Batman universe.

Jetpacks are real people have them IRL, but I see what you mean

#28 Posted by Eternal19 (2172 posts) - - Show Bio

@HammerTron said:

Because a jetpack would be unrealistic the the Batman universe.

no it wouldnt.

#29 Posted by htb106 (1724 posts) - - Show Bio

It would probably set his cape on fire. OUCH!

#30 Posted by Jnr6Lil (8209 posts) - - Show Bio

Jetpacks would make himself obvious. Also he would easily get shot down in the air.

#31 Posted by YourNeighborhoodComicGeek (20945 posts) - - Show Bio

@Jnr6Lil said:

Jetpacks would make himself obvious. Also he would easily get shot down in the air.

Gravity boots.

@htb106 said:

It would probably set his cape on fire. OUCH!

LOL. I just imagined that.

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#32 Posted by moywar700 (3013 posts) - - Show Bio

He doesn't need it. If he needed to fly, he would call alfred for a batplane

#33 Posted by Jnr6Lil (8209 posts) - - Show Bio

@YourNeighborhoodComicGeek: Then what's the point of a jetpack?

#34 Posted by Humanoid (140 posts) - - Show Bio

I figure it's because he wants to be at ground level so he can deal with what's in front of him. Same reason he doesn't use the batwing I guess.

#35 Posted by Dr_Strangelove_ (18 posts) - - Show Bio

It's not really a practical piece of equipment.

#36 Posted by Guardiandevil83 (6847 posts) - - Show Bio

Bruce is all about stealth, and a jetpack would give away his position and even make him an easier target for people like Deadshot. Also along with his suit being armored I feel like the extra weight may be a choir to lug around...even for Batman.

#37 Posted by modernww2fare (2695 posts) - - Show Bio

he does in The New Batman Adventures


I don't know why he never used it again in Justice League and Justice League Unlimited.

#38 Edited by PowerHerc (86127 posts) - - Show Bio

Who says he hasn't?

#39 Edited by Deathstroke02 (3284 posts) - - Show Bio

Because he already has one?

#40 Posted by ChildoftheAtom (501 posts) - - Show Bio

Grappling hooks are awesome! It gives him more stealth fighting capabilities and who wouldn't want batmans grappling hook? When he uses to fight it looks cool if he had a jet pack he would just fly fast at enemies like a certain other hero

#41 Posted by RetconCrisis (4674 posts) - - Show Bio

I really wanted to post this...

Forget every post above me, Lego is all the canon we need!

#42 Posted by MaccyD (5521 posts) - - Show Bio

Stealth is probably the main thing stopping him.

#43 Posted by Ironshinobi88 (1787 posts) - - Show Bio

Because he is not as smart or resourceful as Black Panther. lel

#44 Posted by MetalJimmor (2144 posts) - - Show Bio

Because a jetpack would burn his cape.

Also Batman has to balance how high tech he gets carefully. People already complain that he's relying too much on his gadgets in the New 52, can you imagine the reaction if he went all out with jetpacks and anti-gravity boots or power armor? That just wouldn't be Batman anymore.

#45 Posted by JetiiMitra (9264 posts) - - Show Bio

He's not smart enough.

#46 Edited by cosmicallyaware1 (5743 posts) - - Show Bio

All I have to say is........batman beyond.

#47 Posted by tigerkaya (1384 posts) - - Show Bio

The better question why doesn't he steal the formula to make those Supermen pills so DC can get it over with giving Batman superman like powers. Than Bat fans proclaim him as the be all end all of super heroes even in powers.

#48 Posted by Chibi_cute (4913 posts) - - Show Bio

the jetpack can burn his cape.

#49 Posted by tupiaz (2257 posts) - - Show Bio

@chibi_cute said:

the jetpack can burn his cape.

He cape has been used as protection against fire in the Nolan films. I believe it was in Dark Knight. This is the right answer:

@britsera said:

A jet pack would be heavy, and would really limit his on the ground mobility and H2H (can't do flips or high kicks as well, etc). I think Bats would rather have to use his grapple (which also doubles as a weapon, unlike a jetpack) than impose a handicap on himself.

#50 Posted by MatteoPG (1950 posts) - - Show Bio

Because a jetpack would be unrealistic the the Batman universe.

A lot of his gadgets are unrealistic. The vehicles alone are ridicolous!

I don't think it's for actual practical consideration. I mean, most of the stuff he does would be hindered by the armor he wears, I don't think that a small jetpack is much worse. I agree with those who talked about the cool factor and keeping the character image close to what the fans want.