The Hellbat Armor is a special bat suit designed and built by Batman/Bruce Wayne and forged by the Justice League to enable Batman to defend himself and others against Justice League superhuman threats that Batman would otherwise be incapable of fighting.
The Hellbat Armor first appeared in Batman and Robin (New 52) #33 as part of the Hunt for Robin storyline. The Hellbat Armour is a highly powerful and risky suit which needed the Justice League’s powers to forge – the Justice League forbade Bruce/Batman to use it due to its parasitic qualities which drains his metabolism if used too much which begs the question of why they forged it in the first place. There are no mentions of the suit being under construction in any of comic books and it had already been constructed by the time of its first appearance in Batman and Robin (New 52) #33.
The armor is used to help Batman travel to Apokolips via the motherbox to fight the forces of Darkseid and even the Dark Lord himself to rescue his son Damian
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The armor was designed by Batman and built by himself and the Justice League, we mentioned previously how the Justice League forged it:
- The husk forged in the Sun by Superman which is made of ‘nanoparticle mesh’ which can be shifted and changed on voice command, it would also be assumed that the increased strength and durability were also given by Superman and Wonder Woman
- Wings created with Green Lantern’s powers which have been made using the same ‘nanoparticle mesh’ as the husk
- Flash worked the suit to be able to handle the Speed Force and to add speed to the list of the suit’s powers
- Cyborg worked on the technology of the suit which would include the voice control of the nano kinetic mesh and the higher power energy blast from the Bat chest insignia
- Aquaman worked on the suit, presumably giving it marine powers
- Wonder Woman added some of her own powers, specifics unknown but you can assume the ext
Other than improving the wearer’s speed, strength and durability the Hellbat suit also has invisibility which is undetectable by super vision and senses demonstrated by the infiltration of Apokolips.
The wearer can eject certainly parts of the armor to prolong their life which is seen in the comics when Bruce Wayne ejects the helmet and gloves.
Hellbat Armor in Action
Batman uses the Hellbat Armour to travel to Apokolips and find his son, there he fights Kalibak in issue Batman and Robin #37:
and then engages with Darkseid
but even with the suit, Batman is no match for the God that is Darkseid
So he is forced to escape and detach some parts to save his own life.
Interestingly, Bruce Wayne isn’t the only one to have worn the Hellbat Armor with Lois Lane donning the suit defended Jon Kent from Eradicator in Superman (Rebirth) #5.
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- Publisher: DC Comics
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