Notable appearance: Batman #500

As Bruce Wayne lay prone and paralyzed after having his back broken by Bane, Jean-Paul Valley briefly took over the mantle of Batman in the classic "Knightfall" storyline. Once he donned the mask, he made a few modifications to the suit—the first one being a high-tech pair of gloves that housed multiple gadgets. Complete with claws for climbing up buildings and the ability to rapidly fire Batarangs out from a specialized compartment, these gloves were far deadlier than anything Wayne ever envisioned, but there is no denying their effectiveness.

They might not jive with Batman’s non-lethal philosophy, but these mechanized gauntlets were pretty cool looking when they first debuted in the ‘90s. Unfortunately, Valley soon redesigned the whole costume into a Robocop-esque nightmare in metal. Needless to say, we weren’t big fans of that look.