The cost of being Batman: $682,451,350

Being the Dark Knight is no cheap task
Christian Bale portrays Bruce Wayne and Batman in a scene from “The Dark Knight Rises.”
(Warner Bros. / Associated Press)

Being the Dark Knight isn’t easy on the body or soul. The job also weighs heavy on the wallet.

The total cost of the Batman persona rings in at $682,451,350 -- and that doesn’t include the $7-billion Wayne Enterprises, according to an infographic from

Bruce Wayne’s home, which had to be rebuilt to the tune of $600 million after being destroyed, requires $37,000 to run each year.

He’s got vehicles worth $80 million. The Tumbler vehicle alone, which is outfitted with front-mounted machine guns, GPS and has stealth and self-destruct capabilities, goes for $18 million.


Wayne’s gadgets are valued at more than $162,000: think $50,000 grappling hook launcher, $6,000 hand-held grenade launcher and more.

The hero is also well-educated and highly trained. He shelled out $500,000 each for his military pilot training, special forces training and engineering degrees.

His custom graphite cowl -- the hooded mask that shields his face and head -- runs $1 million. The cape made of memory cloth polymer costs $40,000.

How does Batman attract hordes of bats at a moment’s notice? A $1,000 ultrasonic bat caller.


Where, a British price comparison website, gets its numbers is unclear. Earlier this summer, a blog post from H&R Block posted a similar comics-inspired infographic using equally mysterious data.

 According to that post, Bruce Wayne pulls in an estimated annual income of $102 million, not counting stock options. Out of the Batsuit, an average designer ensemble costs $20,425.

Saving the world ain’t cheap, folks.


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