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At first, the belt wouldn't serve any other purpose than holding Batman's trousers. However, Batman started using the belt to hold his Batrope and soon he adapted it to hold glass pellets of choking gas, becoming the first two gadgets in the utility belt.

Quote1 I have everything for an emergency in my utility belt... except money to pay for our food and drink! Quote2

Although seemingly unremarkable in appearance, the utility belt remains as one of Batman's most important tools in fighting crime.


At first, the belt wouldn't serve any other purpose than holding Batman's trousers. However, Batman started using the belt to hold his Batrope[1] and soon he adapted it to hold glass pellets of choking gas, becoming the first two gadgets in the utility belt.[2]

The Utility Belt was made of strong top grade leather and tough sewn pockets reinforced with steel lining, making it bulletproof.[3] In order to stay in contact with Robin, Batman upgraded the belt and incorporated a radio, which was placed on the belt buckle of both Batman and Robin's belts.[4] Batman also started carrying some vials on the belt with chemicals inside. Some of them contained a variety of gases, acids and some of them were used as explosives when mixed.[5] Shortly after this, Batman included a special compartment to hold his newest gadget: the bat-tracers, which were released by pressing a microscopic switch on the belt.[6] It is later revealed that the belt has a water-proof compartment where he keeps some matches.[7] Bruce included small chemical vials and small tools inside the belt metal compartments.[8]

Some time later, a group of criminals got hold of the Utility Belt and with help from an expert, they built utility belts modified to improve their crimes. They were almost successful, but eventually they were stopped by Batman and Robin.[3] When Batman lost the belt for a second time, he started looking for it across the city. The belt was found by a young boy and was later passed to several different people including a homeless man, a pawn shop owner and a leather collector. When the belt was snatched away by some thugs, Batman tricked the criminals and lured them into a trap. Not long after this, Batman recovered his belt and created a second belt, in case this situation happened again.[9]


The first variation of the Utility Belt was created after Batman confronted a criminal known as the Human Magnet, who was able to control electromagnetic fields. With this power, the criminal was able to stop Batman from approaching, using the metallic parts of the belt. Batman then designed a different Utility Belt made of plastic fiber and wood.[10]

Modern versions of the belt are composed of a leather strap and a solid steel buckle, the utility belt houses ten cylinder cartridges, which vertically clip onto the outside of the belt. The buckle itself contains a miniature camera and two-way radio. A secondary compartment behind the length of the belt houses Batman's supply of collapsible batarangs.

During Jean-Paul Valley's time as Batman, he designed a more uniform version of the utility belt, which didn't function as a belt, but was incorporated in his body suit. This new version had objects concealed within hidden pockets and the most prominent function that Valley included was the ability of the belt to electrify the suit in order to protect the wearer against external attacks.[11]

When Gotham was declared No Man's Land, Batman adopted a bulkier and more practical version of his utility belt: a workman's tool-belt. This enabled him to carry additional weapons and supplies necessary to operate and survive in earthquake-ruined Gotham City.[12]

Contents and Upgrades

After their first encounter with Mister Freeze, Batman installed a heating unit in the utility belt, which could be activated by a switch. The thermal unit prevented Batman from freezing to death when he was attacked by Mister Freeze's Ice Gun.[13] Batman also included a carbon dioxide eject system that could be released by pressing a hidden button. The gas was so strongly compressed inside the belt, that it could remove heavy objects when Batman was trapped underneath them.[14] In subsequent interactions Batman installed hologram emitter, hypersonics emitter[15][16] and a in-built taser [17] that can discharge 50,000 volt shock to his enemies [18]. Batman & Robin Batman included a surgical and first aid kit on his utility belt in case he needed to perform surgery or has been seriously wounded. The kit contained a scalpel, alcohol, forceps, scissors and gauze's.[19]

A new feature present on the last models of the belt was a communicator button installed in both Batman and Robin's belt. It was primarily used as a way to summon Robin to Batman's location.[20]

One of the utility belt's last developments was the remote control for the Batmobile and the Bat-Copter that allowed Batman to summon the vehicle to his current position.[21][22]

During a fight, Jason Todd, as the new Red Hood, managed to cut the utility belt from Batman.[23] After this, Batman reinforced the belt in order to prevent Jason from cutting it again.[24]


  • Infrared flashlight
  • Smoke capsules
  • Chaff Grenades [25]
  • Forensic analysis kit
  • First aid kit
  • Lockpicking tools
  • Kryptonite Ring
  • Tear gas pellets
  • Micro-processor power source
  • Micro-recorder (updated regularly)
  • Batline spool + grappling gun
  • Miniature laser torch
  • Bat-shaped handcuffs
  • Various incendiary capsules (including plastique and thermite)
  • Rebreather and gas mask
  • Tracker
  • Calltrops [26]
  • Cryo capsule
  • Sedatives
  • Radio Scrambler [27]
  • Toxin illusion of death
  • Mini explosives
  • Light grenades
  • Anti fire foam
  • Acid Pellets
  • Grenades iron filings
  • Silver nitrate
  • Electric Baton [28]
  • Electric Knuckles [29]
  • Laser Pen [30][31][32][33]
  • Hypersonic [34][35][36]
  • Sonic Grenade [37]
  • Sonic Disruptor [38]
  • Ultrasonic transmitter (to attract bats) [39][40]
  • Small mobile device (Connected to the Batcomputer)[41]
  • Taser gun[42]
  • Basic solution to neutralize acids [43]
  • Aquatic creature repellant [44]
  • Chloral hydrate [45]
  • Gag [46]
  • Beanbag gun [47]
  • The Echo, A device that takes control of a car and essentially turns it into a Batmobile. [48]
  • Pop-out katana
  • Portable EMP [49][50][51]
  • Anesthetic Nose Plug [52]
  • Bat-Tery [53]
  • Ghost punching gloves [54]
  • Lollipops [55]
  • Magic key that opens any door directly into Zatanna's home [56] or the House of Secrets. [57]

Other Versions

DC Animated Universe

  • In Batman: The Animated Series Batman wears a version of the utility belt was designed as a thin but firm strip with several hidden pockets and buttons, used by Batman to carry evidence or gadgets. Animation wise, the belt appears very thin to be able to carry all said equipment. Common gadgets included
    • Batarangs: both folding and fixed blade capable of disarming opponents, stunning opponents, cabled ones that ensnared criminals.
    • Grappling Gun: Batman's most used device, fires a cable allowing Batman to ascend, descend, stop a fall and swing across Gotham's skyline without the need of noisy transportation.
    • Smoke pellets: Anesthetic versions to knock out criminals or suspects as well as tear gas and visual hiding.
    • Caltrops: For boobytrapping his escape as well as shredding automobile tires to prevent criminal getaways.
    • forceps and plastic bags for retrieving evidence
    • Infrared paint spray and infrared goggles for investigatory work.
    • Gas mask: For breathing in toxic, contaminated atmosphere.
    • Miniature camera: for evidence taking.
    • Lock picks
    • Bolas: For capturing and tying up criminals simultaneously. Often attached to a rope or line, permitting Batman to reel in the criminal after he has caught them, often leaving the criminal hanging from a height so the Police can apprehend them.
    • Explosives: for demolishing obstacles or handling threats tougher than he is.
    • Internal computer

The belt was also used as a remote control for the Batmobile and the batboat. The security system of this version of the belt included a paint sprayer that was activated when someone tried to open it by force.

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  • The original version of Batman started out wearing a standard leather belt with a round buckle; the primary function of which, amounted to little more than to secure the bat-trousers. In his second appearance, Batman exchanged the round belt buckle for a square one.
  • Presumably the utility belt also contains a compartment for Batman's wallet and the keys to the Batmobile, but this is not regularly addressed within storylines.
  • Batman is constantly updating and improving the contents of the utility belt, so the list of contents (see Contents above) is more than likely incomplete.
  • Some versions of the belt have the gadgets in cylindrical capsules, while others have a multitude of pouches.
  • The first version of the pouches of the 1966 series belt are actually spray-painted sponges.
  • There were some versions of the belt which could create sounds in order to distract and/or get their attention.[71]

See Also


  1. Detective Comics #28
  2. Detective Comics #29
  3. 3.0 3.1 Star-Spangled Comics #89
  4. Detective Comics #41
  5. Batman #1
  6. Detective Comics #77
  7. World's Finest #11
  8. Detective Comics #86
  9. Detective Comics #185
  10. Detective Comics #181
  11. Batman: Shadow of the Bat #27
  12. Batman: No Man's Land #0
  13. Detective Comics #373
  14. The Brave and the Bold #77
  15. Batman Confidential #54
  16. Batman #612
  17. Batman and Robin (Volume 2) #33
  18. Nightwing (Volume 2) #14
  19. Detective Comics #793
  20. Detective Comics #801
  21. Batman #637
  22. Detective Comics #806
  23. Batman #635
  24. Batman #650
  25. Superman/Batman #43
  26. Detective Comics #983
  27. JLA Annual #1
  28. Detective Comics (Volume 2) #20
  29. Batman Incorporated #4
  30. Detective Comics #582
  31. Justice League of America (Volume 2) #6
  32. Detective Comics (Volume 2) #19
  33. Justice League International (Volume 3) #4
  34. Batman #608
  35. Justice League of America (Volume 2) #6
  36. [[Superman/Batman Vol 1 3|Superman/Batman (Volume 1 3) #]]
  37. Detective Comics (Volume 2) #19
  38. Justice League (Volume 2) #2
  39. Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight #75
  40. JLA Classified #40
  41. Batman: Gotham Knights #57
  42. Detective Comics #799
  43. Batman #644
  44. Batman #117
  45. Detective Comics #823
  46. Batman: Gotham After Midnight #8
  47. Batman (Volume 2) #24
  48. Batman (Volume 3) #88
  49. Batman (Volume 3) #97
  50. JLA Classified #14
  51. JLA Classified #15
  52. Hawkgirl #63
  53. Batman (Volume 3) #98
  54. Batman: The Detective #1
  55. Batman: Urban Legends #3
  56. Batman vs. Robin #1
  57. Batman vs. Robin #2
  58. Detective Comics (Volume 2) #20
  59. Batman and the Monster Men #6
  60. Batman: Mr. Freeze
  61. JLA #111
  62. Green Lantern (Volume 4) #16
  63. Gotham City Sirens #24
  64. Catwoman (Volume 2) #38
  65. Gotham City Sirens #24
  66. Superman/Batman #20
  67. Superman/Batman #21
  68. Batman/Superman #28
  69. Bane: Conquest #12
  70. JLA Classified #52
  71. World's Finest #57