The real question, of course, is can this helmet sustain blows from Ben Affleck’s iron fists?
Our current cinematic caped crusader confirmed just recently that Slade “Deathstroke” Wilson will be the villain of the next solo Batman movie, but the Friggin Boom Toys crew has already gone ahead and shown what steps are necessary to make the master merc’s costume work on a practical level. Using fiberglass, spraypaint, and steady hands, they’ve constructed a comics-accurate, one-eyed helmet. Can it sustain hits from rocks? From a two-by-four? What about a hatchet? Watch on, and see the gulf between fantasy and reality smash inward.
Notably, that gulf seems to often be filled by an awful ringing in the test subject’s ears. Indeed, while the helmet may protect Deathstroke’s skull from fracture, it doesn’t seem to absorb enough force to prevent his neck from compressing on impact.
Testing out further practicalities of super-villainy, the team looked into how easy it’d be to pull off all of Deathstroke’s impressive acrobatics while wearing armor, holsters, and a whole bunch of weapons. In this video, the imitation bad guy goes through a whole obstacle courses; running up halfpipes, navigating monkey bars, and what not. As it turns out, loose hanging pistols have a pesky habit of catching on corners.
That said, at least Deathstroke isn’t wearing a cape. Another real world masked man put together this video to show off the durability of his Batsuit. And you’ll notice he removes certain… accessories when pulling off more gymnastic maneuvers. He and Deathstroke should enlist in the M-1 federation’s armored bracket and square off.
Were you impressed by Friggin Boom Toy’s engineering here? They’ve done other tutorials, showing how to make a durable Red Hood outfit on a budget, among other characters. Would you follow their tips? Drop your thoughts in the talkback.
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