Get To Know The Many Uses Of Batman’s Cape
Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, the creators of Superman, first came up with the concept of a caped superhero in 1938. The look that inspired them was reportedly Zorro’s, who is seen wearing a cape when in action.
Zorro in turn, got his look from the long tradition of the Spanish genre of drama and fiction called ‘capa y espada’ (cape and sword), which is translated into English as "cloak and dagger."
The ideology behind the equipment is that the sword is used as a weapon whereas the cape gives protection to the left arm for warding off any attack with a counter-move.
After the introduction of the cape, superhero creators started adding it as a part of superhero costumes. While some superheroes were given capes just because they looked good on them or simply suited their personality, others wear them due to certain motives — for disguise, protection or offense.
Probably the most multi-functional cape of all time is Batman’s, as it proves to be useful in a variety of ways. Similar to Marvel’s Moon Knight, Bruce believes that frightened enemies are easier targets. His cape provides the dramatic effect of him being something other than just a man in a costume.
“And men fear most what they cannot see.” – Ra’s al Ghul, Batman Begins
Furthermore, it "hides the body, makes it difficult to know where to strike." Thus, goons firing weapons are not sure whether they are hitting Batman’s body or just the cape. It also provides protection for the caped crusader. His cape is often depicted as fire-resistant with a Kevlar weave to slow the impact of bullets.
Thus, not only does it makes Batman a difficult target, but shields him from most weaponry as well. The ends of the cape contain razor-sharp blades that can be used offensively to slice through bad guys.
One of the main functions of the cape is transportation for the bat. Many versions of the cape (including the one seen in The Dark Knight Trilogy) form a semi-rigid bat-wing-like structure that allows Batman to glide into action. The cape also acts as a parachute to reduce his momentum while landing.
Batman Begins shows him gracefully gliding above Gotham: