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.

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By nailbiter111 - 8/11/2012


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:
physics.le.ac.uk/journals/index.php/pst/article/view/484/289




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.

Source: phys.org
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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
NERDS!!!
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
*came
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
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.
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
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
gastitdk - 8/12/2012, 12:40 AM
Ladies and gentlement...Intruder is here!
gastitdk - 8/12/2012, 12:43 AM
@G3n3r4lzZoD9

Well put bro, well put!
CoolantTech - 8/12/2012, 12:43 AM
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!
gastitdk - 8/12/2012, 1:00 AM
@intruder
Really? Because I swear I thought Iron Man did that in Avengers...
AmazingFantasy - 8/12/2012, 1:00 AM
@Intruder -

You win.

@TheMarvelite

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.
Knightrider - 8/12/2012, 1:05 AM
When did start asking these sort of questions about movies, especially comicbook movies in terms of realism.

Yes Nolans batman was aimed to be grounded, but tht meant taking the real science and playing with it, not literally real.

Also of we are going to start asking questions like this, then no film will hold up
NeoBaggins - 8/12/2012, 1:28 AM
And still....

tonytony - 8/12/2012, 1:54 AM
I wonder what they would find if they researched controlling a hammer telaphatically or shooting lighting from a hammer?
NeoBaggins - 8/12/2012, 1:55 AM
Ichaos - 8/12/2012, 1:56 AM
Which is why if you run into a Genie and wish for the power of flight be sure to get invulnerability also
breakUbatman - 8/12/2012, 1:58 AM
You guys take this realism crap too seriously.

Show me one time that Nolan has claimed his movies were 'real'.


Even Iron Man was...grounded in reality



"I wanted the script to be more grounded", and "The action has to be grounded and true." - Marc Webb


I take it some people prefer the Tim Story/Frank Miller approach to film making
Mego - 8/12/2012, 2:05 AM
Actually this is a joke of an analysis that lacks common sense.
The Cape flight scenes in Nolan's films didn't have Batman doing nose dives and landing on his feet.
We saw him pull up each time and slow to nearly a stop in the air and then drop to his feet.
I feel sorry for the idiots who wasted their time doing a study on this.
Tell them to get it right next time and not waste our time with faulty results.
tonytony - 8/12/2012, 2:05 AM
Nolans films are more realistic but they arent totally realistic. What I appreciate is that he tries to qualify most of the character this in turn gives it credibility. Its a bit like star trek where there is alot of theoretical physics behind the technologies they use but in reality even the theory would not be possible. Whats important is giving the audience a reason to not go "what" and with batman he is more believable than say iron man or thor by an absolute countrymile.

tonytony - 8/12/2012, 2:06 AM
@coolanttek- that is a hilarious caption.
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