While Christopher Nolan’s acclaimed Batman trilogy of films presented the story of the Dark Knight in a much more grounded and “realistic” way than, for instance, the Burton films or the ’60s TV series, there were still some aspects that demanded a healthy suspension of belief. I’m not talking about murderous smile-scarred lunatics or a single man surviving the physical punishment of Batman’s crime-fighting career. No, I’m talking all the gear and gadgets that allowed Bruce Wayne to become Batman (spoiler alert!). As Jack Nicholson’s Joker put it back in 1989, “Where does he get those wonderful toys?”
In keeping with Nolan’s more realistic take, the recent Batman films introduced Lucius Fox and Wayne Enterprises’ “Applied Sciences” division, a treasure trove of discontinued prototypes that covertly supplies Wayne with everything from the Tumbler to his Nomex body armor and memory-cloth cape. But while Applied Sciences is a nifty way to solve the question of Batman’s supply lines, that stuff still has to cost a pretty penny, right? So how much would it really cost to be Batman? The folks over at MoneySupermarket.com crunched the numbers and came up with a handy infographic that provides an answer: a freakin’ lot. I hope any aspiring crimefighters out there have been saving their pennies… Check out the numbers after the jump.