Christopher Nolan's BATMAN Can Fly But Landing Is A Killer

Christopher Nolan's BATMAN Can Fly But Landing Is A Killer

Four physics students from the University of Leicester have researched the cape that Batman uses in Christopher Nolan's films and have come to the conclusion that flight is possible, but landing would likely be fatal.

In Batman Begins the Caped Crusader's cape is made of memory fiber, a fictional product of Wayne Enterprises' Applied Science Division. This fiber becomes rigid via an electrical current and allows Batman to glide much like a base-jumper. Four physic students have written a paper entitled 'Trajectory of a falling Batman' which studies the realism of the cape. Through their research they believe that gliding would be possible, but Batman would travel at dangerously high speeds. As he would land it'd be like being hit by a car traveling at 50 miles per hour.

David Marshall, Tom Hands, Ian Griffiths and Gareth Douglas found that the wingspan of Batman's cape - at 4.7 metres - is around half that used by a hang glider. If Batman jumped from a building 150 metres high, he could glide a distance of around 350 metres - but the problem arises as Batman's velocity increases during his descent. His velocity would initially rise to around 68 miles per hour, before reaching a steady 50 miles per hour as he gets down to ground level - a speed too fast for him to land safely.

The students believe the best way to counter the hard landing would be to use parachutes, or jet propulsion.

You can read the full paper here:

The Dark Knight Rises is now playing at your local theater. The film stars Christian Bale as Bruce Wayne/Batman, Michael Caine as Alfred Pennyworth, Gary Oldman as Jim Gordon, Tom Hardy as Bane, Anne Hathaway as Selina Kyle, Joseph Gordon-Levitt as John Blake and Marion Cotillard as Miranda Tate.

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AiyalKilU - 8/11/2012, 11:57 PM
4 physics students, all of them virgins I'm guessing
KelvTwelve - 8/12/2012, 12:07 AM
Explains the beginning of Kick-Ass real well.
StSharp - 8/12/2012, 12:09 AM
@AiyalKilU Agreed, and asian too! #NoRacist
GLprime2814 - 8/12/2012, 12:09 AM
GuardianAngel - 8/12/2012, 12:10 AM
They didn't take into account his invincible armor plates that protect him from any fall at any distance. :P
razor - 8/12/2012, 12:13 AM
Metres? So, that's like 20,000 feet in Amurrica?
AmazingFantasy - 8/12/2012, 12:14 AM
TayDee - 8/12/2012, 12:14 AM
I wish i had time to study fictional information that has no importance to my college life.
AsianVersionOfET - 8/12/2012, 12:18 AM
If I'm not mistaken, this is old news. Either that, or these kids researched and cape up with the exact same results a different group I'd kids got a couple months ago. Either way, this is stupid. Christopher Nolan is Jesus.
AsianVersionOfET - 8/12/2012, 12:19 AM
AsianVersionOfET - 8/12/2012, 12:19 AM
Group *of* kids. [frick]ing iPhone!
TayDee - 8/12/2012, 12:21 AM
I would highly recommend you switch to Android
SoFresh - 8/12/2012, 12:22 AM

How did they prove Nolan wrong you idiot, it´s fictional, how old are you?
AmazingFantasy - 8/12/2012, 12:24 AM
@G3n3r4lzZoD9 - 14

@AsianVersionOfET- Do you realise your avatar is a image of Michael Jackson with E.T...?

You must be so mature.
95 - 8/12/2012, 12:28 AM
Okay. That's interesting facts(?). Good work students! Anyway, doesn't Batman tilt himself as he approaches to catch wind? He's fine.
SoFresh - 8/12/2012, 12:29 AM

You should stop sucking on your led filled toys, and go to school kid.
95 - 8/12/2012, 12:29 AM
Yes. We figured that this the tech isn't completely safe. It's fiction. But the numbers are interesting stuff.
DEATHbyEXILE - 8/12/2012, 12:30 AM
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gastitdk - 8/12/2012, 12:30 AM
Great point mr scientists...who [frick]ing cares? Guess that you could also prove that gamma radiation doesn't turn an angry man into a hulking beast, or a radioactive spiderbite don't give spider powers...

TayDee - 8/12/2012, 12:31 AM
Droid Razr > Iphone 4S
kisama - 8/12/2012, 12:32 AM
people on a site about comic book movies complaining about people being nerds. [frick] you bitches.
DEATHbyEXILE - 8/12/2012, 12:32 AM
SoFresh - 8/12/2012, 12:33 AM

I caught you, you´re still a kid.
SoFresh - 8/12/2012, 12:35 AM
The guys on a comicbook website are calling the physics students nerds, I have seen it all...
Jayman109 - 8/12/2012, 12:36 AM
I would like to see a picture of batmans face from TDKR when he gets stabbed posted here. That is the best "wtf face" ever.
DEATHbyEXILE - 8/12/2012, 12:40 AM
SoFresh - 8/12/2012, 12:40 AM
My point is that 90% of the stuff you say is incredibly childish, and no I´m not a kid, I doubt you´re even old enough to have gone to see TDKR, a movie which you like to rip on unfounded arguments, did you sneak up in theater?
gastitdk - 8/12/2012, 12:40 AM
Ladies and gentlement...Intruder is here!
SoFresh - 8/12/2012, 12:42 AM

So did you also believe the Tumbler could have rode over the houses, and that the tiny grapling-hook is capable of pulling someone?

Go sit in the corner with TheMarvelite.
gastitdk - 8/12/2012, 12:43 AM

Well put bro, well put!
CoolantTech - 8/12/2012, 12:43 AM
SoFresh - 8/12/2012, 12:43 AM
Because I called you on your BS?
Knightrider - 8/12/2012, 12:48 AM
If gonna say this, then Tony Stark would be dead from G-Forces, do I care about this or Batman's cape not being technically real. Nope as both characters are awesome!
SoFresh - 8/12/2012, 12:48 AM
Oh i´m sorry

SoFresh - 8/12/2012, 12:51 AM

These guys take their realism from movies about comic-book heroes...
SoFresh - 8/12/2012, 12:54 AM
Hey guys, I´ve heard that there is also some super-heroes that can fly, how about you try and jump off the window, you know... for science
gastitdk - 8/12/2012, 1:00 AM
Really? Because I swear I thought Iron Man did that in Avengers...
AmazingFantasy - 8/12/2012, 1:00 AM
@Intruder -

You win.


CoolantTech - 8/12/2012, 1:01 AM

and yet...

musashi - 8/12/2012, 1:02 AM
Comic book movies use comic book 'realism'. Using too much logical realism spoils the fantasy element.
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