Batman’s Forgotten Gadget Explains Why He’s So Unbeatable in a Fight

Batman’s Forgotten Gadget Explains Why He’s So Unbeatable in a Fight

Despite rubbing shoulders with godlike superhumans, the 100% mortal Batman is somehow able to hold his own when it comes to saving the world. Part of that is down to Bruce Wayne’s unparalleled honing of his body and mind, but his famous gadgets and vehicles also play a huge part. In fact, one forgotten gadget actually explains Batman’s seemingly unbeatable ability to get the drop on his opponents, even when they have him at a disadvantage.

Batman’s armor and gadgets walk a fine line between the type of futuristic technology a billionaire vigilante would need to keep up with literal demigods and the mystique of remaining relatably human while doing the impossible. Sometimes – especially when Superman is in need of a beatdown – Batman will temporarily don advanced armor, but generally DC has opted to keep Bruce Wayne distinct from Tony Stark’s Iron Man and his reliance on bleeding-edge tech. Despite this, one of the most iconic eras of the Justice League equipped the Caped Crusader with a simple gadget that gave him an incredibly effective advantage.

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Throughout JLA vol. 1 – a series which saw luminaries such as Grant Morrison, Joe Kelly, Mark Waid, Bryan Hitch, and Doug Mahnke depict DC’s greatest heroes – Batman is depicted as utilizing a proximity alert to inform him whenever anyone gets close enough to attack. Similar to Spider-Man’s Spider-Sense, this gives Batman a head start on impending threats, often with the benefit that they believe they’re going undetected. While it’s not on the same level as the powers of the rest of the League, it’s the perfect gadget for Batman, who thrives on being one step ahead of his opponents, and loves to turn the tables on opponents who believe they’ve caught him unprepared. This is seen prominently in JLA #56 (by Waid and Mike S. Miller), when Batman’s proximity alarm gadget allows him to get the jump on a group of superstrong, superfast, intangible White Martians who are phasing through the wall behind him, unleashing a wall of flame against them.

While this gadget later faded from prominence, it’s unlike Bruce to forget a tool that can help in his mission, and its continued use would help to explain why the Dark Knight is usually so immune to stealth attacks from his villains and allies alike. Batman is famously impossible to sneak up on, even for his own expertly trained proteges, and while Bruce’s skills undoubtedly have a lot to do with that, a proximity alarm attached to his belt takes this ability to the next level.

Bruce Wayne has put a lot of work into being seen as supernaturally capable – to the extent that many believe Batman to be a literal demon – and gadgets like his proximity sensor are a huge part of that process. In his war on crime, Batman will take (or invent) any possible advantage, especially on those occasions when he can weaponize his enemies’ moves against them.

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Batman will take any advantage to protect Gotham City from his enemies, and one gadget allows him to turn his villains’ own tactics against them.

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