Always be yourself. Unless you can be Batman, in which case, always be Batman.
Jackson Gordon, a student at Philadelphia University – a school known for its design and engineering programs – has put in plenty of time, research, and money to create a freakishly impressive Batsuit. The 21-year-old said he decided to take on the project simply because he “just like[s] problem solving.”
Giving it the old college try, Gordon started a Kickstarter that raised $1,255 for the suit on top of $500 in personal donations. Then the research began.
After five months of prototypes and two months of actual composition (he said his sewing skills are now up to par), the industrial design major was ready to show off what he says is a knife and slash-resistant Batsuit that puts Adam West’s spandex to shame. Don’t tell Christian Bale, but the suit isn’t bulletproof quite yet.
The convincing costume contains Kevlar, a silicone mold, and foam-resistant padding. The helmet contains a blend of five or six plastics as well as silicone and polyurethane.
Still unsure of what he wants to do after college, if Gordon can embark on a project like this for sheer “personal interest,” there’s no telling where his future will lead him.
Don’t think he looks so tough? Go ahead, make his day. He goads the newscasters, “I’d be really impressed if you hurt me.”
Just remember Bruce Wayne’s mantra: “It’s not who you are underneath, but what you do that defines you.”
— PhilaU (@PhiladelphiaU) March 3, 2015
If you thought you were the biggest Batman fan, think again. See why Jackson Gordon is the Collegiate Caped Crusader!