How Much Would It Cost to Actually Be Batman?

By Sam Gibbs on at

We all know that Bruce Wayne is seriously loaded; loaded to the tune of some £4.4 billion in fact. But as Batman, Wayne chews through money like nobody's business. Here's a quick breakdown of how much it'd cost to actually be Batman.

The chaps from Lehigh University worked out over on Centives, that you'd be forking out to the tune of at least £1.8 million a year -- not exactly a cheap hobby, but that even sounds a bit light to me. For instance, the Kevlar utility harness will set you back £215; 10 batterangs will burn through at least £180, while the car will set you back £100,000 in their estimations.

Honestly, I think that's a tad of an underestimate. The working prop they actually use in the film as the Tumbler costs at least £160,000, so imagine one that was armoured and armed to the teeth. If you think about it, the closest British military vehicle we could find is the Foxhound, which costs just shy of £1m on its own. So in my rough, back-of-the-envelope calculations, we're looking at more like £2.7 million at the very least with just the Foxhound. Then again, you might think the Fennek is a tad closer on the tech side at least, with guns, rockets and miniature UAVs, but that will set you back £2.9 million alone, so I guess it depends how you want to roll.

Still, all you really need to know is that you'll never be able to earn enough money by basically doing nothing in your day job, so you'd have enough time to go kick some lowlife arse. Sorry to burst your bubble. [Centives via iO9 via Forbes]

Thanks Udimion!