By BAS LEIJSER
September 4, 2017
“Your best bet to become a real-life Batman, and do a lot of good in the process, is to do what this guy did.”
There’s actually a book written about this. It’s calledand written by Paul Zehr, a Canadian professor/neuroscientist and Karate black belt. I highly recommend it for some light-hearted but serious reading.
Zehr concludes that while it is possible to become Batman, there is no way you can keep the job for more than a few years, with 10–12 years as the absolute maximum. Even professional UFC fighters or NFL players have careers that last only a couple of years. Arguably, their careers are a lot less challenging (physically) than being Batman, yet they retire after a maximum of 10 years.
Zehr’s proposed timescale to become Batman looks like this:
- 3–5 years reaching maximum physical capacity
- 6–12 years honing skills in martial arts
- 6–8 years gaining the poise and grace under pressure (the experience) needed to perform flawlessly
Zehr mostly talks about the physical aspect of Batman, so you should probably add a few years (and study simultaneously during these physical preparations) to obtain all the required knowledge, detective skills and PhD’s.
In other words: you will spent 15–20 years preparing, so you can be Batman for a couple of years at best.
Furthermore, I believe your biggest opposition as Batman won’t be the thugs. No, your adversaries will be the media and the police (or the army, if you are that effective).
As soon as people will find out there’s a Batman active in their city (and let’s face it, you can’t kill anyone and want thugs to fear you, so the news will spread quickly), the media will be all over it.
Then, the police will hunt you down because they won’t accept a vigilante in their city.
Imagine going out at night, only to see cameramen on every street corner, as well as snipers with non-lethal rounds on the rooftops.
While with lots of intensive training and practice, you may be able to deal with most petty thugs, there’s just no way you can outclass the entire police force, intelligence agency and army/national guard.
And don’t even think about getting yourself a Batcave or a Tumbler, because this will easily be traceable.
Your best bet to become a real-life Batman, and do a lot of good in the process, is to do what this guy did:
Dress up as Batman and visit children hospitals. Take away some of the darkness in their lives.
Because you are not the hero that we deserve, but the one we need right now. A Dark Knight.
BAS LEIJSER is a writer at Quora