Here’s What The Research Says About Whether You Could Really Become Batman

Maybe, but even if you could, you wouldn’t last long.

In his book Becoming Batman: The Possibility of a Superhero, E. Paul Zehr discusses what it would take to become the caped crusader as well as the practical limitations inherent in being a superhero without superpowers.

He was interviewed about it in Scientific American:

Keeping in mind that being Batman means never losing: If you look at consecutive events where professional fighters have to defend their titles—Muhammad Ali, George Foreman, Ultimate Fighters—the longest period you’re going to find is about two to three years. That dovetails nicely with the average career for NFL running backs. It’s about three years… The point is, it’s not very long. It’s really hard to become Batman in the first place, and it’s hard to maintain it when you get there.

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