In the comic strip project, JB will be part of an internet video group that creates skits that get shopped into resembling old-school black and white classic cartoons. It's called Chromatown Toons and even the human characters dress up as Toon characters.
In the Chromatown Toons, the goal is to create scenes that resemble a 21st century high-tech version of an black and white cartoon world. Although none of the characters can stretch and squish like their 1920s counterparts, they more than make up for it by pratfalls, slapstick, extreme stunts, and a good amount of comedic violence. And the occasional martial art and parkour scene. Nothing too much, usually (inflatable foam) mallets and anvils and staged explosions. The characters will be bounced around. A lot. Even Johnny.
Because of this, the costumes they wear is designed with some protection for the wearer. In this sketch, I created a demo costume of Johnny to show a cutaway of the design.
The zentai suit over the clothes (including the oversized gloves and shoes) is monotoned and has built in padding, elbow pads, knee pads, chest protectors, and padded crouch and rear paddings. They're even protected from crouch shots. But they do act like they were. What is unseen is that the gloves will have some slots for the thumb and two fingers to slide out to grab things. The gloves and shoes are also padded for when they punch and kicks. And with all the padding, they can go full force and not hurt anyone. The chestplate can be molded to suit the figure of the character, including breasts and hips for the female characters.
The heads of the costume is in two pieces. The mask has a hinge over the neck so that the mouth can move. This is where the voice changer is put in. The helmet with the rest of the head contains both a helmet with anti-concussion material and a neck brace. It also has a mike set in the ears and eye holes or see through eyes that the actor can hear others in the suit and evnetually communicate with others in public in character.
Future improvements will include not only a cooling system. (They originally have UnderArmor brand garments underneath the zentai suit, which will include the cool vest in time) and a video screen wired to the eyes so that the actor will have a bigger field of vision and there won't be any holes for the blinking eyes up close.
Any more high tech, and we're talking about HFL.