Jackson Gordon, a college student from Philadelphia University, is begging people to punch him. Punch him, kick him, come at him with baseball bats or machetes, just to prove his combat Batsuit is legit.
The origin of the suit comes from the typical college story. He was bored.
“When I came to this college, I was sort of sitting in my room all day,” Gordon says. “I’d get my homework done in like, an hour, and then I’d have nothing to do for the rest of the day. So, I figured, I’ll do what I always do — I’ll start a project.”
Lego castles weren’t good enough? How about masturbation? That kills a ton of time. Nope. Gordon wanted to build a real life Batsuit.
“Gordon had already made a Batsuit before, but that was costume solely based on aesthetics. He says he wanted this project to be a combat suit that could withstand battle without inhibiting movement. Gordon — who has a black belt in Kung Fu — isn’t shy about throwing a kick or falling into a split to demonstrate the flexibility of both the suit and himself.
Gordon started making the first prototypes in September, but then realized he was interested in developing the suit into a more ambitious project. In mid-November, he took to Kickstarter to raise money for supplies like Kevlar and silicone molds. In 30 days, Gordon raised $1,255 for his Batsuit. He finished the suit just in time to attend Katsucon from Feb. 13-15, where he put the suit in action by engaging in cosplay while wearing it.
While he completed the project in just about two months, the process wasn’t without roadblocks. Gordon says constructing the helmet was the hardest — and most costly — part. Gordon had to create a model of the helmet with fragile, flexible plastic to make a silicone mold, in which he poured a more durable plastic to form the final product.”
The helmet weighs three pounds with the entire outfit weighing in at about 25 pounds. Holy Hernia, Bat…eh, nevermind.
“So I finished this project last week,” Gordon says, “and all this week when I’m done my homework I’m sitting in my dorm like, ‘What do I do with my life?’”
Grappling gun, mother fucker! Grappling gun!
[H/T: USA Today]