Ben Affleck's Batman in the DC Extended Universe is the focus of a new video that breaks down his physical strength. Batman has been one of the top three most popular superheroes in pop culture for decades. Perhaps with the exception of Spider-Man, no comic book character sells as much merchandise, movie tickets, or has consistently managed to stay in the popular consciousness like the Caped Crusader. However, while Bruce Wayne can stand toe-to-toe with almost anyone in the DC universe, he has one clear disadvantage in comparison to his Justice League contemporaries. He is nothing more than a mortal man.
This notion is clearly illustrated in the last trailer for Justice League in which Barry Allen (Ezra Miller) mocks Wayne (Ben Affleck) by questioning, "What are your superpowers again?" Wayne coyly responds, "I'm rich." While that is certainly true, what additionally sets Batman apart from other mere mortals are his world-class detective skills, genius-level intellect, and his mastery of multiple forms of martial arts. However, whether you are reading the comics, watching a Batman cartoon, or at a movie screening, it's always stayed consistent that Batman is extremely strong.
We have grown accustomed to watching Batman knock out criminals with a swift blow or pull victims off of dangerous ledges with a single arm. However, rarely do we think about the actual physical strength that is required to pull of his feats of heroism. Thankfully, the latest episode of Comic Books vs the World takes the time to break down the physics of the Dark Knight in an attempt to answer, "How Strong Is the DCEU Batman?" In the video above, Batman's various appearances in Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice are meticulously analyzed. The narrator details the exact mathematical equations that were used to calculate the strength and force needed to pull off Batman's extraordinary feats in the film.
Batman is typically described as having Olympian levels of athleticism and power in the comics and that notion is proven in the video. The most surprising part may be that while director Zack Snyder's vision of the DC universe is stylized and full of far-fetched comic book fantasy, the physicality of the Batman in the DCEU is arguably within the realm of plausibility.
Comic book readers, fans of the animated shows, and astute viewers of the DCEU have been asking for years, "How can Batman, a mere human, possibly compete with the other heroes in the DC universe?" That was a considerable reason for the intrigue, advanced hype, and ticket sales behind last year's Batman V Superman. However, later this year we should get a definitive answer when Batman recruits and leads his band of super friends, including Wonder Woman, Aquaman, and the Flash, into battle against an extraterrestrial army in Justice League.
Source: Comic Books vs the World
- Justice League (2017) release date: Nov 17, 2017
- Wonder Woman (2017) release date: Jun 02, 2017
- Aquaman (2018) release date: Dec 21, 2018