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How to Become A Real-World Superhero

Zonk posted more than 9 years ago | from the my-bat-cave-needs-cleaning dept.

Sci-Fi 596

utherdoul writes "Batman isn't from outer space and wasn't born with a mutant gene --he uses his riches, raw determination and technological know-how to equip himself to fight evil. So why couldn't the average geek do the same? I've written a story for Forbes.com that breaks down the Dark Knight's expenses and explains what it would cost to become a real-world Batman using commercially available training and technology." From the article: "Batman's suit is a modified piece of infantry armor built by the applied sciences division of Wayne Enterprises. It's waterproof, bulletproof, knife-proof and temperature-regulating. Paired with an impact-resistant, graphite-composite cowl and spiked ninja-style gauntlets, it allows Batman to protect himself against everything from swords to machine guns."

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Duh. (5, Insightful)

Black Parrot (19622) | more than 9 years ago | (#12876756)


> Batman isn't from outer space and wasn't born with a mutant gene --he uses his riches, raw determination and technological know-how to equip himself to fight evil. So why couldn't the average geek do the same?

Did you miss the part about riches?

Batman's weakness (5, Funny)

Spy der Mann (805235) | more than 9 years ago | (#12876775)

Why doesn't anybody aim at his chin? (no armor there)
All it requires is a sniper.

Re:Batman's weakness (1)

nubbie (454788) | more than 9 years ago | (#12876808)

Or a good money shot! ;)

Re:Batman's weakness (2, Interesting)

technoextreme (885694) | more than 9 years ago | (#12876950)

Sigh. Im starting to feel like a comic book nerd. It's actually quite pathetic. If I remember correctly Batman's cape is bulletproof also. All he has to do is throw up the cape and he is pretty much shielded. Also, the only major injury that Batman has had is a broken back by Bane I believe. During this time period he had to have another person replace him as Batman.

Re:Batman's weakness (1)

fembots (753724) | more than 9 years ago | (#12876979)

Hmm, ignorant Spiderman!

Batman takes care of his face with L'Oreal. The powder's so thick it's tougher than the armor.

Re:Duh. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12876788)

Bill Gates is Batman... oh the horror!

Of course any geek that wealthy would be too busy spending it on blackjack and hookers.

Re:Duh. (1)

bbassage (827308) | more than 9 years ago | (#12876857)

Did you miss the part about riches? Oh... I would have said determination.

FP (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12876763)

First post?

Cut to the chase - $3.4 million (5, Informative)

winkydink (650484) | more than 9 years ago | (#12876764)

ans several years of your life for training.

The Bottom Line
Final Cost: $3,365,449

The Training: $30,000
The Suit: $1,585
The Belt: $290
The Car: $2,000,000
The Cave: $24,000
The Alter Ego: $1,109,574
The Butler: $200,000

Re:Cut to the chase - $3.4 million (1)

suineg (647189) | more than 9 years ago | (#12876779)

I wonder if I can get a government grant for something like this. I am sure it is possible just time for me to research the proper paperwork.

Re:Cut to the chase - $3.4 million (4, Funny)

superpulpsicle (533373) | more than 9 years ago | (#12876783)

Recovering some old ladies $10 purse as a superhero: Priceless.

Re:Cut to the chase - $3.4 million (3, Funny)

nubbie (454788) | more than 9 years ago | (#12876795)

The Butler: $200,000
Damn! A butler make $200,000? Why didn't my parents name me Jeeves?

Re:Cut to the chase - $3.4 million (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12876821)

The Girls: Priceless

Re:Cut to the chase - $3.4 million (1)

welkin (214744) | more than 9 years ago | (#12876831)

The Spare/Replacement Parts: $?
The Repairs: $?

Re:Cut to the chase - $3.4 million (2, Funny)

SquadBoy (167263) | more than 9 years ago | (#12876863)

The mecha suit for when you have to beat the living shit out of Superman: $?

Re:Cut to the chase - $3.4 million (1)

welkin (214744) | more than 9 years ago | (#12876880)

Yeah, I always wondered about that one, at the end of _Dark Knight Returns_...how many stocks did he liquidate for that piece? I will have to read it again...

Re:Cut to the chase - $3.4 million (2, Funny)

cached (801963) | more than 9 years ago | (#12876846)

Ofcourse, you do have beer commercials to pay it off...

Re:Cut to the chase - $3.4 million (1)

imsabbel (611519) | more than 9 years ago | (#12876878)

The Suit: 1585$
The Belt: 290$

Im sure you are joking? I mean, for that money, you can get a good suit&belt, right.
But certainly not a BULLETPROOF suite with radio transmitter in the cowl and sonar and whatsoever. And no belt with grappling hook and the other gadgets.

IF it were possible to really create such equipment (very doubtful), i would guess for those 2:
100-250K R&D (depending on niftyness)
20-40K Building (its no mass production, plus it has to be confidential, you can just order batarangs at ammo'r'us)
10-20K yearly wear&tear cost

Re:Cut to the chase - $3.4 million (2, Informative)

GileadGreene (539584) | more than 9 years ago | (#12876940)

Had you RTFA you would see that they claim the real batsuit would cost $300,000+ (at least that's what the movie claims), but it isn't available. So they suggest a bulletproof jacket and kevlar helmet for ~$1500. Lame substitute, but there you go.

Re:Cut to the chase - $3.4 million (1)

imsabbel (611519) | more than 9 years ago | (#12876976)

oh... well after the two how-stuff-works articles, i didnt want to enjoy another add disguised as article...

Well, that really sucks as a replacement. Because we all know that cops with cevlar and helmet NEVER get hurt or killed when fighting criminals... Yeah
Its SO hard to hit the legs or arms, and even if you insist on hitting the torso, if you use a rifle the protected guy wont be happy after a short time even if the vest can stop everything...

Re:Cut to the chase - $3.4 million (2, Insightful)

MillionthMonkey (240664) | more than 9 years ago | (#12876889)

I think 3.4 million is an underestimate. That car would be wrapped around a tree in a week.

Anyhow, fostering the presence of a superhero is not a very cost-effective way for a city to lower its overall crime figures. Legalized abortion costs the public virtually nothing and has a much greater effect on reducing crime than competing strategies such as incarceration or tax breaks to encourage millionaire superheroes to relocate.

Re:Cut to the chase - $3.4 million (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12876959)

Looks like someone's been reading Steven Levitt.

Re:Cut to the chase - $3.4 million (1)

DesertBlade (741219) | more than 9 years ago | (#12876974)

You also forgot the medical bills. You can'r run and jump around after criminals all day and not at least throw your back out sometimes.

Re:Cut to the chase - $3.4 million (1)

PsiPsiStar (95676) | more than 9 years ago | (#12876982)

As much of a fan as I am of privacy and a person's right to choose, I think that "legalized abortion reduces crime" assertion is based on pretty weak evidence.

Bear in mind that most of the reduction in murders, from what I understand, can be attributed to better emergency practices which cause assault not to become murder because the victim doesn't die.

Contrast (5, Funny)

spellraiser (764337) | more than 9 years ago | (#12876904)

City of Heroes account: $14.95/month

It's a no-brainer. Also, we are geeks, right? Real life is a bit too ... real. Especially when it comes to engaging in violence with unsavory characters.

Now, a badass remote-controlled robot to roam the streets, beating the crap out of the bad guys, that would be something else ...

Re:Cut to the chase - $3.4 million (1)

blueadept1 (844312) | more than 9 years ago | (#12876923)

NO! You have spoiled the slide show! End my life promptly!

Actually, I hate those slide shows on forbes.com. Useless format for creating articles. It goes hand in hand with multiple paged articles, only worse. Much worse.

It doesn't take much (1)

miroth (611718) | more than 9 years ago | (#12876766)

...just a fancy car and Tom Cruise's girlfriend.

Uh, no. . . Sort of. (2, Funny)

Infinity Salad (657619) | more than 9 years ago | (#12876905)

You mean Tom Cruise's fiancee! (Don't you follow the celebrity gossip?)

Re:Uh, no. . . Sort of. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12876951)

No, you mean Scientology's next abductee!

(Posted AC for obvious reasons)

So why couldn't the average geek do the same? (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12876768)

If you can't do it from the comfort of your terminal, it ain't worth it.

Re:So why couldn't the average geek do the same? (2, Funny)

climbon321 (874929) | more than 9 years ago | (#12876789)

You might have to leave your terminal, but think about it. The dark knight fights at night. You wouldn't even have to be exposed to direct sunlight!

First! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12876769)

First!
OpenBSD is MY Superhero

thus i eliminate "scifi" from my prefs (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12876770)

let me know when you want to cater to people older than 12.

Re:thus i eliminate "scifi" from my prefs (1)

pwnage (856708) | more than 9 years ago | (#12876885)

No shit. Mod this fucker up!

What? (5, Funny)

Daedalus-Ubergeek (600951) | more than 9 years ago | (#12876772)

Batman isn't from outer space and wasn't born with a mutant gene


Also, Batman isn't real.

Re:What? (1)

Digital Avatar (752673) | more than 9 years ago | (#12876781)

You forgot to mention this isn't STUFF THAT MATTERS.

Re:What? (1)

rjelks (635588) | more than 9 years ago | (#12876914)

You owe me a new keyboard Daedalus-Ubergeek.

Re:What? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12876973)

The real news is that /. has lost the plot! This is front page stuff?

Brought to you by the same people who think Linux is ready to for the desktop, and open source will save your soul.

By your criteria... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12876776)

"Batman isn't from outer space and wasn't born with a mutant gene --he uses his riches, raw determination and technological know-how to equip himself to fight evil. So why couldn't the average geek do the same?"

Bill Gates should be bigger than Superman in that case.

batman has a throbbing (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12876778)


boy wonder

thats the difference darlings !

ooohh, young man

Fscking Astroturf (3, Insightful)

ewhac (5844) | more than 9 years ago | (#12876780)

How much is Warner Bros. paying for these ads poorly masquerading as "news"?

Schwab

Re:Fscking Astroturf (1)

Tim Browse (9263) | more than 9 years ago | (#12876844)

Just be grateful there isn't one of those usual half-assed 'scientific' formulas attached, like V = G/2 + 5*J/3 - K + T*13, where V is Batman's success, G is the speed of the batmobile, blah blah bullshit bullshit bullshit viral marketing, etc. etc.

Main Problem: (5, Insightful)

imsabbel (611519) | more than 9 years ago | (#12876782)

Even being totally l33t equipt and fit like Rambo wont give you the magic "perfect Luck" factor batman has.

Even if your suit will stop 99% of all bullets, and your fit enough to beat thugs people into submission 95% of the time.... ... If you go crimefighting every night, after a few months youre chances of being a corpse in some alley are really really good.

Warning (1)

jim_v2000 (818799) | more than 9 years ago | (#12876784)

explains what it would cost to become a real-world Batman using commercially available training and technology

Kids....I mean Slashdotters!...Don't try this at home.

Jesus H. Christ (0, Flamebait)

pwnage (856708) | more than 9 years ago | (#12876786)

Batman is a fucking fictional character. EOT.

Re:Jesus H. Christ (1)

macaulay805 (823467) | more than 9 years ago | (#12876806)

Not after this article and the geeks think they'll get someone as hot as Homes, and somehow they'll still manage to get Linux running on the car.

Imagine (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12876955)

a beowulf cluster of batmobiles

"Average Geek"? (1)

brockbr (640130) | more than 9 years ago | (#12876792)

AvgGeek != 3.36M - Thats why.

...also... (3, Funny)

Otter (3800) | more than 9 years ago | (#12876796)

So why couldn't the average geek do the same?

Furthermore, the average geek doesn't need to "count on forking over $297,000 a year on gifts, including Tiffany diamond earrings and necklaces for your lady friends."

Re:...also... (1)

TERdON (862570) | more than 9 years ago | (#12876902)

Actually, the average geek might not even have lady friends... ;-)

Re:...also... (2, Insightful)

NuShrike (561140) | more than 9 years ago | (#12876985)

With that kind of money, "lady friends" will smarm out of the dark caves they come from to mug you automatically. Even if you smell, and have the glow of bad white skin.

FTFA (2, Funny)

not-enough-info (526586) | more than 9 years ago | (#12876800)

The Batman movie franchise is also one of the most lucrative of all time, with five movies (not counting Batman Begins) grossing nearly $1 billion.

What is this mystical fifth film?

1)Batman
2)Batman Returns
3)Batman Forever
4)Batman & Robin
5)???
6)Batman Begins

Oh I remember now.
5)Batman My Ass

Re:FTFA (1)

Happy Monkey (183927) | more than 9 years ago | (#12876838)

Maybe this one? [imdb.com]

Re:FTFA (1)

Guillermito (187510) | more than 9 years ago | (#12876958)

There is even one more: The Batman (1943) [imdb.com] . Of course, at that time the villain could not be other than a "japanese spy".

Re:FTFA (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12876842)

5)Batman My Ass

Is THAT what they subtitled the Adam West/Burt Ward movie?! Everything makes sense now...

Re:FTFA (1)

NIK282000 (737852) | more than 9 years ago | (#12876876)

There was a really retro movie with Adam West.

Re:FTFA (1)

totoanihilation (782326) | more than 9 years ago | (#12876928)

Let's not forget the 1966 classic featuring Adam West and Burt Ward ;)

link [imdb.com]

Fucking Stupid Article. (1, Insightful)

His name cannot be s (16831) | more than 9 years ago | (#12876804)

Sheesh.

I started reading it this morning, and realized they were just tallying up stuff from the movie that just came out.

This is quite pathetic, but hey, it's Forbes.

Duh.

Oh, I love the truly stupid part about the "fictional forbes fifteen" list of the richest fictional retards.

Fuckabugaloo. :p

Ah yes, become a superhero! (5, Insightful)

Roofus (15591) | more than 9 years ago | (#12876817)

This reminds me of a quote from Neal Stephenson's Snow Crash:

Until a man is twenty-five, he still thinks, every so often, that under the right circumstances he could be the baddest motherfucker in the world. If I moved to a martial-arts monastery in China and studied real hard for ten years. If my family was wiped out by Colombian drug dealers and I swore myself to revenge. If I got a fatal disease, had one year to live, and devoted it to wiping out street crime. If I just dropped out and devoted my life to being bad.


It's funny, because I used to think that exact thought. Then reality hit, and I realized I'm just a big pussy :(

Re:Ah yes, become a superhero! (1)

Qzukk (229616) | more than 9 years ago | (#12876898)

It's funny, because I used to think that exact thought. Then reality hit, and I realized I'm just a big pussy :(

But were you 25 when reality hit?

$740 a month for Shoalin training?!! (4, Funny)

sTalking_Goat (670565) | more than 9 years ago | (#12876818)

Man whatever happened to knocking on the temple door and waiting three days without encouragement

These Chinese keep claiming to be communists but I just don't see it.

$1500 suit? (1)

vanyel (28049) | more than 9 years ago | (#12876822)

I think they really wimped out on the suit: the batsuit is a lot more than a bulletproof jacket and a helmet, and much of the technology is doable to some extent. While it may not be an "off the shelf" item as all the stuff they listed is, I'm sure anyone the wherewithall to do this sort of thing could get something a little more advanced than just a jacket...

Re:$1500 suit? (1)

Tumbleweed (3706) | more than 9 years ago | (#12876888)

I believe in the movie, Lucius Fox said the suit would've had a _production cost_ of $300,000. No mention of the development cost, though. :)

I've got a better idea... (1)

RaguMS (149511) | more than 9 years ago | (#12876827)

Why not just let the bad guys stand in front of a giant microwave emitter? They'll be toast in no time, then you can just sit back and relax.

ARE YE DAFT, SIR? (1)

StefanJ (88986) | more than 9 years ago | (#12876913)

Most of these villains will indeed die from their radar-ranging, but if comics have taught me anything a small percentage will develop mutant powers and become a far worse menace to society.

Stefan

can we please get a calculation... (1)

Lord Bitman (95493) | more than 9 years ago | (#12876833)

from somebody who had heard of Batman before yesterday?

Batman... (1)

larry2k (592744) | more than 9 years ago | (#12876834)

The Alter Ego: $1,109,574 is enough. If I get the car and the top models everything else is a plus.

What happened to the batman geek? (5, Insightful)

DoctaWatson (38667) | more than 9 years ago | (#12876837)

The batman I know and love from comics to cartoons to movies to even the hokey 60's Adam West has always been a brilliant detective and keen scientist.

I loved Batman Begins, but I really think they missed the mark when it comes to Batman's CSI savvy.

My head was spinning when Bruce Wayne says "Am I supposed to know what that means?"

So if you want to be a real Batman, figure in another several hundred thousand dollars for advanced degrees in science and criminology.

(Also... $30,000 + 3 years in China != the ability to fight like the movies, but only the keenly stupid would think otherwise, right?)

GOD DAMN IT (3, Insightful)

kenp2002 (545495) | more than 9 years ago | (#12876839)

Well it's good to see yet another spot for a crappy movie. I am glad to see that while there is so much going on in the world in technology and geekdom in general we need to beat a 4 times already dead horse. Wow this is almost as bad as the last Batman commercial... speaking of which....

I AM GETTING REAL FUCKING SICK OF THE FUCKING COMMERICALS ON SLASHDOT THAT ARE SUPPOSED TO BE DISGUISED AS ARTICLES!! FIX THIS SHIT TACO YOUR SMARTER THEN THIS CRAP!

Re:GOD DAMN IT (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12876931)

it's "YOU'RE SMARTER THAN THIS CRAP!" (and the stupid lameness filter wouldn't allow me to just quote you like that because it said i was shouting....)

Re:GOD DAMN IT (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12876953)

Come on, you know you want a batsuit of your own. And /. has enough room for these silly articles as well as the more "intellectual" ones. Just think of it as TACO SAUCE. Plus, I haven't see Batman Begins yet, so I need the ./ comments to know how bad I should expect it to be. Keep up the good work /. Commander Taco, I salute you.

The average geek (1)

sxltrex (198448) | more than 9 years ago | (#12876841)

So why couldn't the average geek do the same?


Because if the average geek tried to be the next Batman, they'd end up more like this guy. [rottentomatoes.com]

don't mean to sound trite but... (1)

AhuraMazda (856057) | more than 9 years ago | (#12876853)

for god's sake the emphasis is on "hero" (besides, why would I wanna walk around in a costume at the 1st place). My pennyless granpa gave me swift kick in the head the first time he caught me smoking... have never lighted one since. That sure didn't cost much!

One important thing is missing: (1)

suitepotato (863945) | more than 9 years ago | (#12876854)

We have no supervillains and we aren't awash in the kind of crime it would take to support this so you need to add the cost of creating an enemy to fight in the first place.

The crime would be more lucretive until the government came after you essentially because they don't like competition in crime (not crime fighting, they rarely do this much it seems where I live).

Re:One important thing is missing: (1)

B3ryllium (571199) | more than 9 years ago | (#12876961)

[sarcasm] Well, THANK YOU Captain Amazing. [/sarcasm]

(So says Casanova Frankenstein. Rawk!)

I wonder one thing... (1)

SharpFang (651121) | more than 9 years ago | (#12876861)

Why did nobody thought to shoot Batman in the chin. Through throat, into neck section of the spine. Unshielded area, quick death, easier shot than aiming at the eye. Also shooting the jaw off from the side would pretty much neutralize him.

Re:I wonder one thing... (1)

imsabbel (611519) | more than 9 years ago | (#12876941)

Just aiming in the general direction with a sawed off shotgun or a tec10 on full auto would hit SOMETHING that hurts...

come to the ghetto if you can real world batman (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12876871)

BATMAN and KING KONG ain't got nothing on me. :)

"Secret" Batcave (4, Funny)

cant_get_a_good_nick (172131) | more than 9 years ago | (#12876875)

I always wondered how nobody knew about him being batman, where he's got all this high tech stuff that sometimes gets blown up (the batmobile in Batman and robin). Do they kill the contractors after they're done? There's gotta be one guy who gets drunk in a bar and says "you think you're job is cool, i just fixed the anti-lock brakes on the batmoboile at wayne manor"

Irritating website (4, Insightful)

Fallingcow (213461) | more than 9 years ago | (#12876884)

They made the content a pop-up that auto advances to the next page after a set amount of time.

Dumbest. Thing. Ever.

Riiiight... (1)

Cthefuture (665326) | more than 9 years ago | (#12876894)

Because in the real world rich people want to seriously risk their lives... why??

This would be much more dangerous than flying into space or something. If you honestly look at things humans are really fragile. All it would take it pissing off the right people, they create a setup to entrap you and sorry no miracle escape for you.

It would be so easy for someone to take you out, "super" equipment or not (the Forbes equipment list is lame anyway). For instance, there are many sniper rounds that will go straight through any body armor you can create. Not to mention poison gases and all sorts of stuff.

There is a reason why law enforcement and the military is made up of many people dispite access to the best equipment available. One person can't do jack shit against many enemies.

An alternative (1, Offtopic)

funny-jack (741994) | more than 9 years ago | (#12876896)

Sure, you could use riches to become a crime-fighting super hero. Alternatively, you could use your fabulous wealth to spend your entire adult life living as a 2-year-old girl [phoenixnewtimes.com] .

I wish I were making this up.

-Skor [blogspot.com]

Newton's laws don't apply (2, Insightful)

HermanAB (661181) | more than 9 years ago | (#12876906)

in comics, but they do in real life. That is the real secret of Batman's success.

If your average doughnut fattened geek would try it, he would be in for a rude awakening and would come down to earth rather quickly at 9.8m/s/s...

Wayne Enterprises; hmm there COULD be a connection (4, Funny)

wernst (536414) | more than 9 years ago | (#12876908)

ALL this guy's stuff is from the Whatever-Whatever division of Wayne Enterprises. You'd think this "Batman" fellow owned the freaking company or something... ;-)

Legal costs will kill him (3, Funny)

kmahan (80459) | more than 9 years ago | (#12876920)

Let's not forget the legal costs here. He'll need a fulltime team of lawyers.

- copyright/trademark infringement (obvious) - *BIFF* *BAM* *POW* must all have TM after 'em
- defense attorneys to get him out of jail/represent him for all of his speeding tickets
- civil attorneys to handle all the lawsuits from the criminals he "wrongly assaulted"
- insert obvious comments about riaa/mpaa/gitmo

Like most average guys (1)

jaymzter (452402) | more than 9 years ago | (#12876929)

I have a couple million to spare. Where do I apply to be a Super Friend??

oh boy... (1)

Craig_P92669 (875776) | more than 9 years ago | (#12876933)

Does the author REALLY need a girlfriend, or at the very least, a life!

'Ninja style gauntlets' (2, Insightful)

LowbrowDeluxe (889277) | more than 9 years ago | (#12876936)

Says it all, really.

You could have the riches... (1)

Macgyveric (879573) | more than 9 years ago | (#12876939)

But honestly, how many Slashdotters do you think could pull off a Batman look?

BUMMER (1)

hurfy (735314) | more than 9 years ago | (#12876943)

they spent $3 million to turn you into batman

BUT

they forgot the wings (and grappling stuff, and anything else close)

Get back to me when i can fly please.

And i better get more than an plain off-the-rack kevlar suit!

So i am just a poorly dressed nerd in a 5-ton Hummer :(

Easier/Cheaper to get a dose of Gamma Rays ... (1)

Hulkster (722642) | more than 9 years ago | (#12876946)

BAH, Hulk wonder why this is "Stuff that matters" ... definately "News for Nerds"
Hulk suggest maybe Puny Human submitter utherdoul trying being UnderDog
Hulk say lotta work/money to be Puny Human Batman
Hulk a lot stronger than Batman anyway

Hulk go back to SMASHING and Blogging [blogspot.com]

One other thing! (1)

Nemo Black (651003) | more than 9 years ago | (#12876949)

Batman has his Bat Cave while the most that any geek who would be into this stuff would have would be his parents basement.

SuperHero (1)

FidelCatsro (861135) | more than 9 years ago | (#12876964)

Batman was more of a vigilante than a super-Hero . He just gets thrown in with all the other Super-Heros.
to make a rough short list.

Superman ..Super strength , flight , x-ray vision , Heat vision , near indestructible , bit of a mummies boy
Spiderman , Walk on walls , super athletic abilities , irritating teeny bopper
Wolverine, Regeneration , adamantium skeleton , Cool claws , Hard ass cool guy( rare in being a bad ass super hero with actual super powers)
Captain America., um he had a shield he could throw , super athlete , proto-super hero and all around irritating goit
Batman , No super powers , Cool tech , Rather dark and likeable nut-case

Batman comes second only to Wolverine , being that both are actually cool non mothers-boys but wolverine wins out because he actually has super powers.

Even if fiction became fact... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12876968)

and stuff like batman worked in real life, you wouldn't be able to go superheroing. Superheros cause a lot of collateral damage, and there's the part where you're running around beating people up.
You'd be the wanted person in a day or two.

The obvious geek arch enemy is... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12876969)

... Bill Gates, of course, with his money and megalomania. I'm sure he could buy some badass tech. Of course, the Gatesmobile would always have a CPU crash during the getaway...

Batman... (1)

Rick and Roll (672077) | more than 9 years ago | (#12876975)

Doesn't Batman sleep standing up?

If I'm correct, that isn't something considered generally feasible for regular people.

Not to mention some of his grappling hook stunts...

Real Life Superhero (4, Interesting)

bartle (447377) | more than 9 years ago | (#12876981)

Anyone who's interested in whether it would actually be possible to become a superhero would probably enjoy this episode [thislife.org] of This American Life.

The second act discusses the life of a woman who named herself Zora and decided to, from an early age, learn all the skills needed to become a comic book style superhero. She achieves her goals but then learns that there are very few job opportunities that require all the skills that she now possesses. It's well worth listening to.

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