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October 29, 2009 3:38 AM   Subscribe

Halloween costume: "Casual Batman". Help me come up with bat-gadget ideas!

The idea is that Batman woke up this morning and just didn't feel like giving 100%. I'm wearing a Batman mask, a cape, and a hoodie that I have that has the bat-symbol on it. From the waist down I'm going to wear khakis and slippers (casual). I'm having a hard time coming up with bat-gadget ideas!

The only thing I've made so far is a bat-a-rang bottle-opener out of an old machete blade that I had kicking around the garage... Any other "casual-Batman" gadget ideas floating around out there?
posted by Glendale to Society & Culture (18 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
 
You need a coil of black rope on your belt, and a black flashlight that shines the bat logo (you can cut it out of electrician's tape and stick it on the lens.) Also, it would be funny if Batman sleeps with a Superman doll.
Slick you hair straight up-bats sleep inverted.
posted by Acacia at 3:52 AM on October 29, 2009


I love this. My ideas:

Bat-mote control
Half-empty pack of Bat-cigarettes
Batbox 360 controller
Batbucks Coffee giftcard
Bat-breath freshener
Can of Axe but relabel it so it says BAT instead of AXE

And, just for kicks, Shark Repellent Bat Spray

(I will probably think of more throughout the day. This is fun!)
posted by Metroid Baby at 4:00 AM on October 29, 2009


I keep interpreting "casual" as lazy or indifferent, so that's my bad (and why most of these are non-gadgets). But all I can think of is 1.)Telescoping back/bat scratcher (dramatically pull out, extend, and then scratch) 2.) Aspirin (What's that knock-out gas pellets? No I have a headache). 3.) Cheap disposable camera (Well, I could develop this at the bat-cave... but it's a monday). 4.) As a replacement for a bat-torch I'd just use a cheap lighter 5.) It wouldn't be great for a party but some kind of personal alarm (the kind they target at kids walking home from school). Maybe you could make one that lamely says "Please send help, please send help". 6.) Mini traffic cones! You could come in all "I'll handle this" and then just place some traffic cones around the person/area.
posted by syntheticfaith at 4:06 AM on October 29, 2009 [1 favorite]


If you could somehow get a torch (I believe you call them "flashlights") and print onto a transparency to illuminate against a wall the batman logo and the following text:
You have reached Batman. Thank you for your Bat-signal. Our office hours are from 9-5, Monday through Friday. Your signal is important. Please flash your signal on and off to leave a message. Thank you.
That would be excellent.
posted by Fiasco da Gama at 4:11 AM on October 29, 2009 [2 favorites]


And make sure you don't shave...
posted by PenDevil at 5:37 AM on October 29, 2009


Casual batman needs ductape.
posted by timdicator at 6:23 AM on October 29, 2009 [1 favorite]


Make sure to write "Bat-thermal Underwear" across the back waistband of your underwear, just in case you bend over.
posted by robocop is bleeding at 6:25 AM on October 29, 2009


A pocket fisherman would be good if you can find one. Somehow I think casual Batman would need a yoyo on his belt but I don't know why.
posted by chairface at 6:31 AM on October 29, 2009


Leatherman multi-tool? Although that's bordering on something Batman would really have.

Seconding the big roll of duct tape. Just wear it on your side and run the belt right through it. If you (as opposed to Casual Batman) want to go the extra mile, place little bat logo stickers around the outside so it's not duct tape, but special Bat Duct Tape.

Wait a minute. You made a batarang bottle opener out of a machete?? We're just wasting your time here, aren't we?
posted by Naberius at 6:42 AM on October 29, 2009


Somewhere on the back of the utility belt, have some sort of ID with Bruce Wayne's name on it that you "forgot" about. If anyone points it out, grumble "oh shit" and hastily stuff it in your pants.
posted by Metroid Baby at 7:14 AM on October 29, 2009 [1 favorite]


Casual Batman would most definitely wear a Slanket.
posted by nitsuj at 7:22 AM on October 29, 2009 [1 favorite]


Batnetbook. If you have a Mac laptop, gin up a Batsignal-type overlay for the glowing logo. Netflix mailer, changed to "Batflix."

Also, have someone call you on your Batcell periodically and have a convo that goes something like: "I'm busy. No, I can't. Damnit, Tim, you said you could handle--look, we have fought the Joker a hundred times if we've fought him once." *pause* "Hit him in the jaw." *pause again* "Well, then hit him again. Look, call Batgirl--you know, your ex-girlfriend. Maybe she can knock out Joker without help." *pause* "I'm busy with stuff. Don't call again." *hang up* "Sidekicks--what ya gonna do?" *shrug*
posted by Halloween Jack at 7:40 AM on October 29, 2009


I love this idea.

Brown paper bag with Bat symbol on it. "Bat-lunch"

Tin of Altoids relabeled "BATOIDS"

That's all I got right now.
posted by Fleebnork at 7:51 AM on October 29, 2009


Ha, I'm going as Aquaman on his day off (green track pants, orange sweatshirt, slippers, etc.) We should team up. Or not. Whatever. I'm not even supposed to be here today.
posted by Who_Am_I at 8:43 AM on October 29, 2009 [1 favorite]


Whatever you do, stick to Christian Bale Batman Voice.
posted by EarBucket at 8:53 AM on October 29, 2009 [1 favorite]


Batman is all about his grappling-hook gun. I'd get a cheap power drill, spraypaint it yellow, and hook the front up to a coil of some kind of cable. On the other end, attach some sort of metal doohickey you can pretend his his grapnel, and stick that to a beer can. Now, you're Batman using his grappling gun to fetch beers. If you're really crafty, you might even be able to rig the drill so that it winds in the cable when you turn it on.

Also, remember the Batmobile! If you have a car, just crudely stick on some bat logos. Just remember not to use anything too adhesive that will damage your finish. But the less Batmobile-like the car, the better.
posted by Doctor Suarez at 2:28 PM on October 29, 2009


Haha, this is great stuff guys :) I wish I had been on all day so that I could have responded earlier.. I love the duct-tape with the bat signals on it.. I wish I had the ability to print a transparency, cause the fake bat signal answering machine idea is hilarious! I'm starting to think maybe I'll put my bat-a-rang bottle opener on one of those spring loaded janitor key holders that sucks the keys back up to your belt when you drop them...

And I'm definitely carrying a bat-lunch ;)
posted by Glendale at 7:15 PM on October 29, 2009


Just realized today that Batman must have left his Bat-belt at home that day, cause he's definitely gonna be rocking a Bat-fanny-pack :P It's just so much more casual...
posted by Glendale at 5:13 PM on October 30, 2009


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