We reviewed The World of the Dark Knight, an encyclopedia of sorts on the Batman, a few weeks ago. And as we said, it is a treasure trove on all things pertaining to the Caped Crusader. There is lots of trivia there, some of it well-known, some not so. For all those who are still making up their minds about the book, we picked out ten of the most amazing facts that the book reveals about the Batman. Facts that not too many might know, apart from the hardcore Batman crowd. So how many of these are YOU aware of:
- Batman’s official weight, minus the costume, is 210 lbs. Pure muscle, though.
- Batman’s fighting skill set includes Shotokan Karate, Capoeira, Savate, Western Boxing, Muay Thai, Wing Chu Kung Fu, Okinawan Goju-Ryu Karate, Panantukan, Judo, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Sambo Wrestling.Wonder when he practices? The entire routine is in the book!
- The ears in Batman’s costume have an antenna and a transmitter, allowing Batman to stay in touch with the Batcave.
- The maximum speed of the Batmobile is 266 miles per hour. It goes from 0-60 mph in 2.4 seconds.
- Batman’s butler, Alfred Pennyworth, was first known as Alfred Beagle, and yes, he was pretty hefty.
- Batman himself was once addicted to the Venom that made Bane – the man who would ultimately break his spine – super strong. He overcame it.
- Ever wondered how Batman’s grapnel gun is able to fire cables that attach to everything? Well, the gun fires a wall-penetrating dart and has a smart acceleration micro diamond drill bit. Pretty much attaches to anything solid. Wreaks havoc with plaster, though.
- Batman has a son, Damian, from Talia, the daughter of his arch enemy Ras Al Ghul.
- Bruce Wayne is the Batman? Wrong. The famed cape and costume have also been worn by Dick Grayson, Jason Todd and Jean Paul Valley
- Batman eats six times a day, starting with oatmeal, a banana, two boiled eggs, orange juice or green tea and finishing in the night with a protein shake. He also drinks plenty of water.
For more such slices of Batman, go right ahead and grab a copy of Batman: The World of the Dark Knight, by Daniel Wallace, and published by Dorling Kindersley.