How Much Does it Cost to be Batman?

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The econ students at Lehigh University are at it again. Previously, they crunched the numbers to find the cost of the Batmobile (an estimated $214,700). But now they’re looking at the expenses to become Batman.

They estimated an elite personal martial arts instructor charging about $60 an hour. It’s not unreasonable to say Bruce Wayne probably trained four hours a day, six days a week, bringing the annual cost to $74,880. When he returned to Gotham City, he likely had to charter a private plane to avoid being detected. At $1,550 an hour, a 13-hour flight between Beijing and New York comes to $20,150. Equipment adds on another $147,000. Trusty butler Alfred also costs a pretty penny. If he charged $30 an hour every hour of every day, his yearly salary comes to about $262,800. Factoring other miscellaneous costs, Centives thinks it’d come to $2.8 million. But if Wayne uses only one graphite helmet instead of, say, 10,000, that number is significantly lower at $806,386.19.

Centives also took a stab at Bruce Wayne’s net worth. Given Wayne Enterprises’s many divisions, its net income is likely about $1.45 billion. Given Wayne’s controlling stake, his worth is about $11.6 billion — considerably more than Forbes‘ estimate of $6.9 billion.

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