Student physicists at the University of Leicester have been hard at work raining on the parades of comic book fans everywhere. A paper recently published in the University of Leicester Journal of Special Physics Topics entitled, “The Trajectory of a Falling Batman” set out to test whether or not Batman’s methods of flying about Gotham City were actually feasible.
As it turns out, in instances were the caped crusader is gliding about the city, he would be travelling at such speeds that he would most likely crash and die. Harsh, yes, but this team discovered that Batman could jump from a building 150m high, and subsequently glide a distance of 350m. However, his speed would increase to about 110km/hr. as he descended, before reaching 80km/hr. as he approached street level – “a speed too great for him to survive without serious injury.”
The group concluded, “Clearly gliding using a batcape is not a safe way to travel, unless a method to rapidly slow down is used such as a parachute. “Hopefully Mr. Wayne isn’t slowed down too much by physics when he returns to theatres in “The Dark Knight Rises” July 20th.
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