Batman's a pretty cool guy — he's got the Batmobile (containing a motorbike), a mansion (he can burn to the ground) and pointy bat ears (supercool).
These earthly powers are possible thanks to an enormous bank account. The comics tell of Bruce Wayne's physician father kickstarting the moolah by passing down his wad and all the shares from his private company, now known as Wayne Enterprises, to his son.
The mountainous pile of Wayne Manor implies money stretching back even further than this — old money. But how much would Bruce's exploits really cost the Wayne family coffers? Many have attempted over the years to guess at the total, but you really can't put a price on being our hero. However, we can try!
Batmobile: $9 Million
Batman wouldn't be who he is without his wheels. An armored supercar bristling with awesome under-the-bonnet weapons comes at a heavy cost of $9 million. In 2014 the host of Pimp My Ride Ryan Friedlinghaus predicted:
"If a defense company was to make a vehicle like that, you've got to make it bulletproof, then to make it look pretty and drive, this thing has to go into war, I would say triple [$3 million]."
Should the Batmobile hit a wall, then Batman really needs his two-wheeled getaway: the Batpod! An eBay auction for a custom-built one by the Parker Brothers Choppers sold in 2011 for $100,000.
Batsuit: Over $1 Million
This gorgeous infographic by Money Supermarket estimates how Batman's suit alone would set him back $1,058,465. And that's just so he has something to wear. Special features include the custom graphite cowl at $1 million and $1,000 for the bulletproof groin shield to protect his baby bats.
Rebuilding Wayne Estate: $600 Million
The stately home of Wayne Manor and the Bat Cave on the outskirts of Gotham City saw total annihilation in The Dark Knight Returns comics. Rebuilding the sprawling estate comes at a heavy price, especially with the new lake-side retreat and underwater Bat Cave in BvS. Money Supermarket estimates the total cost would weigh in at a cool $60 mil. And that's before taxes.
Alfred: Over $250,000
Round-the-clock butlers do not come cheap. Alfred Pennyworths is more than a servant — sometimes described as "Batman's Batman," he picks the hero up when he's low and often provides some much-needed comic relief. When considering his salary, the blog of an economics student from Lehigh University predicted:
You can get an executive personal assistant to dress your wounds, cook you meals, clean the bat droppings, and engage in witty banter for $30 an hour. 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, and you’ll be paying them $262,800.
Training: $1.5 million
Ensuring Batman's mind is as hardened as his car takes its toll on the old bank account. With degrees in areas including Computer Science, Engineering and Physics he'd be shelling out thousands on fraternity donations alone. Money Supermarket splits his training in flying, guns and engineering: adding up to $1.5 million.
Total cost: $611,921,265
A heavy amount indeed. But considering an estimation by Forbes placed him in the top 100 richest in the world with a total wealth of $11.6 billion he'll probably be ok.
Can you predict the extra cost of any other Bat features?
Source: via Uproxx