10 of the best weapons in batman arsenal

THE FAMOUS PHRASE FROM JACK NICKOLSON’S JOKER

still resounds in 2023 as readers and audiences are continuously drawn to The Dark Knights Battastic arsenal of weapons and gadgets. Firstly, an honorable mention needs to go out to Bruce Wayne’s money. Without the ultimate weapon of money, Batman would not be the superhero that he is. With that money comes these special and most effective weapons. This list was hard to decide as, like the Joker commented, these are all pretty wonderful. Number ten: the Bat Shark repellent… just kidding, though it did help Adam West beat up a rather vicious looking rubber shark.

10. POWER ARMOR

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Batman’s power armor has been used through a number of manifestations, including a Medieval suit in 1957. The reckoning of its true power is best realised in Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns which sees an ageing Bruce Wayne don the famous suit in his climactic showdown with Superman. Once Batman puts on the famous armor, he has superhuman strength and defense which can deliver devastating blows to even the most powerful of foes.

9. BAT GAUNTLETS

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Originally Batman’s gloves were just gloves, but over time, they developed as fins for purely aesthetic reasons to make Batman even more bat-like to his enemies. Over recent years and especially in the Nolan films, they evolved into gauntlets capable of cutting blades and being used as weapons to stop the Joker’s grand plan in The Dark Knight. A very practical extension of Batman’s defense, the gauntlets are now considered a key part of his gadgets and weaponry.

8. BAT SWORD AKA BAT LIGHTSABER

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This was another wonderful moment in the DC universe that briefly merged into the Star War’s galaxy, delighting fans of both worlds. Initially used in Batman: The Brave and the Bold, the Caped Crusader’s utility belt buckle becomes a handle, allowing Batman to withdraw a beam of pure energy or rather, a Bat Lightsaber. This welcome addition to the Bat arsenal allows him to cut through almost anything, sending his opponents fleeing in fear.

7. SMOKE BOMB

First used in Detective Comics #33, the smoke bomb has been a significant part of Batman’s arsenal. Based on the real-life smoke grenade, the aims of the smoke bomb are two-fold: 1. It allows Batman the element of surprise with a smokescreen which allows him to escape or hide from his enemies. 2. It startles his enemies long enough for him to gain the advantage in combat. These bombs are also a very functional part of the Arkham game series and vital to the combat tactics of the Dark Knight.

First used in Detective Comics #33, the smoke bomb has been a significant part of Batman’s arsenal. Based on the real-life smoke grenade, the aims of the smoke bomb are two-fold: 1. It allows Batman the element of surprise with a smokescreen which allows him to escape or hide from his enemies. 2. It startles his enemies long enough for him to gain the advantage in combat. These bombs are also a very functional part of the Arkham game series and vital to the combat tactics of the Dark Knight.

6. KRYPTONITE RING

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One of the few weapons not made by Batman, the Kryptonite ring was first forged by Lex Luthor, but given to Batman by Kal-El as a way of evening the odds if ever the two were to engage in combat. It has come into play in a few rare moments in the DC Universe, allowing Batman to give old Supes a reality check and knock him firmly into the ground. The fact it can clobber the almighty Superman makes this a worthy inclusion on the list.

5. THE BATMOBILE

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One of the most iconic devices on the list, the Batmobile has taken on many shapes and sizes over the decades, but one thing is consistent, it is quite the menacing weapon when used on its enemies. Featuring its own arsenal of weapons such as a missile launcher, machine guns, EMP and a range of counter measures, it can provide the necessary advantage when Batman is outnumbered. A stylish means of transportation, the Batmobile is another Battastic weapon of justice.

4. BATERANG

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We couldn’t have a Batlist of weapons and gadgetry without including the famous Batarang. The key to this weapon is its simplicity and practicality in most situations. The iconic Batarang has been used throughout the entire comic series, entire filmography and every iteration of the games. Designed in the bat shape, it originated as a boomerang-like device which could be returned after release, though it’s used more as a ninja star in more modern developments. Both a weapon to level the playing field in combat or to unlock or release certain contraptions, The Batarang is the most versatile of the weapons on this list.

3. GRAPPLING GUN

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Another iconic gadget on this list, the grappling gun started out as a way of projecting Batman to Spiderman heights and a way of evading capture. Most recently, it has been harnessed as a weapon in two prominent films. In Batman Returns, he wrenches a wall free to knock out one of the Penguin’s goons, and in Batman v Superman, Batman uses it to launch a large crate at his enemies. This legendary weapon is also a key part of the tactics used in the Arkham game series.

2. THE MAN’S FISTS

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Who are we kidding here? The man works out like no other, and it’s through punching power that the rogue’s gallery of villains are on the receiving end of dark retribution. He may throw all manner of advanced weaponry to distract and intimidate, but most of Batman’s enemies often meet their demise on the end of one his fists, making the Batfist number two in the ranks.

1. HIS BRAIN

Mostly, ‘the pen is truly mightier than the sword,’ but in this case, it’s the brain behind the pen. The World’s Greatest Detective would ultimately be ineffective without his superior mind to analyze the clues nor would most of these inventions be designed without Batman’s superior intellect. This is often glossed over in the films, but Batman’s intelligence is key. His ability to respond to whatever situation he is in whether it’s a trap to escape, a crime to solve or an army of rogues, makes his brain the number 1 weapon on this list.

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