Does Nightwing use a utility belt?

In any comic books or does he always just wear his blue uniform without a utility belt?


The original Nightwing did! In the Pre-Crisis days of DC when Dick Grayson first became Nightwing, he acknowledged that Superman was a mentor second only to Batman and that the name came from Superman's Kryptonian heritage.

From "Superman" #158 (1963), Nightwing (and Flamebird) with ultility belts!

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    Fun fact: Nightwing carries a supply of batarang type projectiles that he calls 'wing dings'. – user1 May 12 '19 at 5:08
  • Is that not Jimmy there, as opposed to Dick? – Adamant May 12 '19 at 16:38
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    Jimmy Olsen and Superman, check! The original question asked about "Nightwing". No mention of "Dick Grayson". (I realize that was most likely the intent of the question, but I thought this an interesting bit of comic lore) – Blaze May 12 '19 at 20:16
  • Batman the conspiracy theorist with his tin foil hat. – marcellothearcane Jul 30 '19 at 5:53

This depends on the version of Nightwing we're speaking of. Most modern versions carry some form of Utility belt.....

Young Justice version Young justice version

 _Titans_ version

Titans version...

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Arkham Knight version...

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Various comic armor versions [ note the red lines].

These belts can take various forms, from military-like satchels, to small compartments weaved into his suit. They are usually a combination of stylistic choices melded with functionality; Dick always thought that Batman's versions of the belts were a bit "too heavy and limiting"; remember, unlike Bruce, who is stronger and more balanced, Dick's main skill has always been his quickness and agility, ... as such, he's always preferred his suits to be a bit more aerodynamic and flexible.

To be fair, though...there are several versions of the suits in which he keeps his gear not in belts, but in:

  • boot pouches
  • small side or back packs
  • compartmentalized gauntlets [you can see examples in the first row of the comic versions.)

The DCAU version was designed this way specifically, to make him more distinct from the rest of the bat-family..

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To be even more fair, he kind of picked this up from Batman; while the majority of the bat-gear is in the belt, he also has communications gear in the cowl, small blades or blowguns in his boots, detachable blades in his gauntlets, and even phalanges in some of his capes.

This would also be dependant on the severity of the mission, to a degree; in some comics, we see him "gearing up" and putting on a belt specifically because he's going to need certain things. So again, it varies...

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