The Bat-Glider is a airborne vehicle used by Batman. Inspired by Leonardo da Vinci's glider designs, it is used by Batman to glide through the sky without being noticed. It is typically used on stealth missions instead of the Batplane or Batcopter. In recent years, the Bat-Glider's functionality has been merged with Batman's cape.
By the time Dick Grayson had joined his operations as Robin, Batman had abandoned the vehicle, instead utilizing either the Batplane or Batcopter. However, they were able to create one from scratch whilst trapped in fifteenth Italy, using it to rescue Superman. Batman would also use a new Bat-Glider to capture Kite Man, during which it was destroyed. From that point onwards, he would occasionally use the vehicle.
The Bat-Glider is usually depicted as a traditional hand-glider that Batman uses to navigate the night skies. However, a number of additions are usually made, including motorized engines. Some versions are built into the Batsuit or incorporate it's cape as the Glider's material. Batman can use the Glider by pivoting his body in desired direction and shifting his weight appropriately. Members of the Bat-Family, including Nightwing and Robin, have been given their own.
In Other Media
- In Batman Returns, the Bat-Glider appears to be built into the Batsuit. He uses it to escape after being framed for the Ice Princess' murder.
- In The Dark Knight, Batman utilizes a memory-cloth based glider whilst in Hong Kong. He uses it to glide to Lau's offices in order to extradite him from the city.
- The Bat-Glider is regularly featured in Batman: The Animated Series.