Arguably the best rendition of the character on the big screen, Christopher Nolan’s take on Gotham’s Caped Crusader brought something new to the table no Batman film before it ever did – realism. Audience were able to marvel numerous gadgets of the Dark Knight working its magic while being grounded in some extent of factual science throughout the trilogy. But how close are the gadgets in the Dark Knight’s arsenal to being created in real life by science? In this article we will take a look at three iconic gadgets in Nolan’s Batman trilogy.

The Tumbler
For decades of crime-fighting in from comics to animated films to feature films, the Dark Knight has made clear to everyone that he has a bit of an ego problem. Sure, everyone loves the masked vigilante but at one point we all have to admit the absurdity of attaching the word “Bat” to his every gadgets. Fortunately, Christopher Nolan’s realism prevailed when he ditched “Batmobile” decided to name the Caped Crusader’s signature vehicle as the Tumbler instead.

With its militaristic features, we’ve seen the Tumbler jump from roof to roof and blow up vehicles in the Batman films. It was explain in the movie as a prototype armored tank designed for the military with a number of weaponry attached in it and the ability to jump without the aid of any ramps. In real life, the Tumbler is a 5000-pound vehicle that can run up to 90mph with customized tires to make it legal in the streets. It is a dream come true for aspiring batman-inspired vigilante. The downside, however, is that attaching massive degree of weaponry on a vehicle of that size will just make it slower than it already is for a getaway car.

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The Cape
The Joker was right when he said that the Batman has no jurisdiction; if he does, then we wouldn’t have seen this epic scene of the Dark Knight gliding in the night sky of Hong Kong. The fictional material to make the Batman glide is called the “memory cloth”. It uses an electrical charge that makes the cape stiff when the Caped Crusader needs to glide, and then reverts back to its fabric state after use.

If you’re wondering if this kind of technology is already existing in real life, then the answer is yes. Wingsuits that are used in skydiving to glide before opening a parachute work in the same fashion. What’s fictional however, is the awesome manner of cape to glider transition.

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Batman’s suit in the Dark Knight was the first batsuit in history to enable the wearer to turn his neck sideways. In Nolan’s trilogy, the suit is an advanced infantry armor that was deemed to costly to be mass-produced. Modified for the Dark Knight, the suit has the ability to regulate Batman’s body temperature for certain environments. The suit is built with layers of kevlar bi-weave body armor that covers the Batman’s most vulnerable parts from most firearms and knives.

In real life, the use of Kevlar vests are not uncommon in the military and local law enforcement officers. Just like the Dark Knights armor, these vests are just as effective in stopping bullets from small firearms such as pistols. Another closer device to the Dark Knight’s armor is the privately produced Dragon Skin by Pinnacle Armor that  uses overlapping ceramic discs that work in the same way as the Batsuit.

So what do you think of our list? If you think we left something out, let us know through the comments!

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