First time posting a question, so I apologise for errors in advance!

I recently watched the The Dark Knight, and during the party scene Bruce heads into his panic-room and appears approx 3 mins later as a fully-dressed Batman.


  • Is there any canon references to how long it takes for Bruce to get ready?
  • Does he have a quick-release system for turning back from Batman to Bruce, and if so does he carry stuff like deodorant/grooming products to ensure that he looks/smells like a billionaire?
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    Not too mention how fast he has to put on all that black eyeshadow, and how long it would take to clean off completely... Feb 18, 2014 at 16:48
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    Only as long as it takes to slide down the Bat Pole.
    – BBlake
    Feb 18, 2014 at 17:05
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    I don't know if you're going to find anything canon from the Nolanverse Batman, but I'd imagine there's been a few references from the DC comics version, and maybe from one of the animated series.
    – Monty129
    Feb 18, 2014 at 17:10
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    @Richard: Impressive for a fan-made suit-up scene, but no Hollywood director would allow nipples on the Batsuit...not to mention the gratuitous butt-shot.
    – Jeff
    Feb 18, 2014 at 21:29
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For a comparable real-world example, it takes less than 1 m 30 s to put on full firefighter gear. Video:

Eye makeup is available in spray cans, so this could be very quick. Just close your eyes and move the spray nozzle across your face a few times.

Allowing a few seconds for Bruce to strip down before putting on the Batsuit, it seems quite feasible for him to get ready in 3 minutes.

On the principle that taking gear off is quicker than putting it on correctly, he should be able to change back in a similar length of time. How he removes the makeup and manages to smell nice I'm not sure. It may be a job for the amazing chemistry skills of Lucius Fox.

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    They make make-up removal products that come in a wet-wipe form small enough to be carried in a pocket. In the comics Alfred Pennyworth is a classically trained actor who would have experience in stage make-up (both application and removal) stage actor are known for their ability to change both costume and make-up faster than the scenery can change so I would imagine he's imparted some of the knowledge to Bruce as well.
    – Monty129
    Feb 19, 2014 at 11:26
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    @Monty129: Good point. As for general sweatiness from fighting bad guys while wearing full body armour, Bruce is known to be an eccentric billionaire. It may be that he just walks around being rather smelly after a quick change from Batman. People would assume he had not bothered to shower after his latest polo match, sexual activity, or whatever. Feb 19, 2014 at 11:32
  • Wow - good answer, video & all. Also, in most continuities Bruce wears the basic Batsuit under his clothes (sans cowl, gloves, boots, & belt). That eliminates at least 50% of the time involved, probably more.
    – Omegacron
    Feb 19, 2014 at 18:04
  • @Omegacron: Thanks! Although this question specifically mentioned the Christopher Nolan films, where Bruce pretty clearly doesn't wear the Batsuit under normal clothing. Feb 19, 2014 at 22:28
  • I think if he did, all those ceramic plates would make him look...lumpy. Not ideal to maintaining his playboy image.
    – Monty129
    Feb 20, 2014 at 14:13

From the classic batman series in the sixties it takes about 5 seconds

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    Is this just a guess or do you have any evidence such as a video clip?
    – Valorum
    Mar 2, 2014 at 8:42
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    Watch any episode of adam wests batman Mar 2, 2014 at 16:46
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    If memory serves, they usually jump on the batpoles, then the batswirly thing swirls, then they arrive in the batcave an indeterminate time later. Which means your answer is basically useless.
    – Valorum
    Mar 2, 2014 at 16:51
  • @Valorum - In one episode, they are shown to automatically change into their costumes as they slide down the poles. It takes considerably less than five seconds. youtube.com/watch?v=eO9LHPqScoY - at about 1:15. Aug 17, 2016 at 0:14
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    @johnsensebe - Now that would make a good answer.
    – Valorum
    Aug 17, 2016 at 4:10

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