How Much it Costs to Be Batman


Tue, Jul 24th, 2012 12:00 by capnasty NEWS

Amusing calculations by Centives, where they examined all three of the Batman movies and estimated how much it would cost to be Batman. Reportedly, a nimble $2.8 millions -- and that's mostly masks.

We all think about it several times a day (it's not just us, right?... right?) How much would it cost to become Batman? In anticipation of the impending release of The Dark Knight Rises, Centives decided to find out.

Batman Begins establishes in painstaking detail what it takes to become a caped crusader. Bruce Wayne first decides that he needs to find out what life is like for the poor, and escapes as a stowaway on a ship. Cost: $0.

After stealing and ending up in jail, Bruce Wayne is then solicited by the League of Shadows. They know that he's a billionaire and so they probably charged Bruce Wayne to train him in the way of the ninja (after all, serving the cause of true justice by doing things like destroying Gotham City isn't exactly something you make money from -- you have to find sources of revenue somewhere.) An elite personal martial arts instructor costs $60 an hour. As Batman you'll want to train for, say, four hours a day, six days a week. Assuming that it takes about a year of training the bill comes out to $74,880.

And if you have a moment, check out this Q&A on Scientific American that looks at the "physical demands that would accumulate while being Batman after becoming Batman."

[...] Batman in action would have to modify and adapt his modus operandi depending on who he was fighting. Particularly when fighting villains that are the lowest of the low, the nastiest of the nasty, the... you get what I mean. Foes like Joker and Bane. Those who have been so clearly represented as evil incarnate in the comic books and movies in which they featured.

Let's begin with why, when viewed through the lens of science, Joker and Bane are such difficult adversaries. And how Batman's own moral code of honor make things so much easier for them. This will lead into some special modifications and adaptations Batman might use to get an edge on those guys or to protect himself from (even worse) injuries?

The above image was lifted from the Centives article on Batman.



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