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The grappling gun of “Batman Begins” seems like trendy tactical tech, with pains taken to make it appear to be a thing that would exist in real life, whereas Ben Affleck’s grappling gun in “Batman v Superman” is needlessly cumbersome. The grappling gun in “The Batman” snaps out from Batman’s arm, a la Travis Bickle’s gun sleeve in “Taxi Driver,” a key influence on the movie as an entire. When Batman must scale a building, make a quick but mysterious exit, or snare a goon by the throat, the grappling gun is there for him. Like his gauntlets, Batman’s cape is generally decorative, a dramatic flourish that provides weight and significance to each transfer the Dark Knight makes. At worst, it can be a fairly ill-defined gadget, as in “Batman Forever” when Batman makes use of the cape as a type of heat protect to save him from an explosion.…