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Suits you Sir? The engineering secrets you need to know about Batman

Posted by: Andrew Yarwood
12/08/2016

I’ll have to admit that when I talk to our contractors, the conversation is not always about recruitment and your standard engineering topics. Instead, I’ll sometimes take the opportunity to indulge my inner geek and pick their brains about the engineering aspects of my favourite sci-fi films...

So with the release of the latest Batman vs Superman film on DVD in the UK this week we thought it would be a fantastic opportunity to delve into the engineering behind the film.

And there’s one particular aspect of the film which has piqued the interest of our engineering obsessed brains...
It’s an armoured version of the Batsuit that Bruce Wayne uses in the film that seems to have all sorts of new gadgets at its disposal.

How much would it cost to build in real life? What is it made of? We’ve given it our best shot at providing an answer to these questions and to look into the technology utilised in the suit using what we know about the new suit and what we know about the DC Universe. There is also a bit of a real world comparison thrown in there to make it as realistic as possible.

Here’s how we worked out the most complicated parts.

Extra strong Exoskeleton = £14,000,000

It’s no secret that the military are working on a similar Exoskeleton design that uses advanced hydraulics and can increase a person’s strength 10 fold. This is currently working at a budget of around £7 million. So we have doubled that for what we assume would be a fair estimate for the finalised version.

Kryptonite for grenades and battle spear- £16,000,000

We know from the comics that Kryptonite is cheaper than Radium and at the time of publication Radium was £20,000 a gram. Another fictional material that exists not in the DC universe but the Marvel one is Vibranium (the material that Captain America’s shield is made from). Vibranium is around £7,000 a gram and is actually a much more useful and more sought after material that Kryptonite. Kryptonite is potentially poisonous and has no real use apart from to stop Superman; in other words it’s worth as much as someone with the knowledge and need to stop superman is willing to pay for it. We’ve come to the figure of £5,000 a gram. We’ve estimated that Batman would need around 4.5kg of Kryptonite in order to be able to weaponize his grenades and spear and potentially lace his suit with the element.

Batman’s armoured suit is certainly an engineering marvel, however at a total of over £31 million it seems clear that Batman is happy to spend a small fortune in his quest to stop Superman! Is it worth his money? You’ll have to watch the film to find out...
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