In the Batman Handbook‘s chapter on how to make a Batsuit, there is a little dig at Superman about how a brightly colored costume only works if you are invulnerable, and that those of us who cannot bounce away bullets should consider Batman’s approach of blending into the night. Solid, sensible advice, right? I certainly think that regular mortal crime-fighters need to be sneaky and scary. Batman has both of these traits down cold.
But then I read this story today in ThisIsTrue:
WORKED AS EXPECTED, BUT NOT AS PLANNED: “He probably would not have been very easy to see at all,” says Montana Highway Patrol Trooper Jim Schneider. “He” is Randy Lee Tenley, 44, of Kalispell, who was, “According to his companions,” Schneider says, “attempting to incite a sighting of Bigfoot, to make people think they had seen a Sasquatch.” His method: dress up in a “ghillie suit” — a type of camouflage — and then run around on the highway at night. No one reported seeing a Bigfoot, but Tenley was promptly hit by a car, whose driver didn’t see him. A second car swerved in time, but then a third one ran him over. He was killed. (RC/KCFW Kalispell) … Sounds like the camouflage really worked.
This throws everything into a bind. I definitely do not want to get hit by a car that cannot see me while chasing down a bad guy that I do want want to see me sneaking up on him. Sounds like my costume needs to be some sort of TRON outfit that lights up as needed.