In a trailer for the Justice League, Ezra Miller taunts Batman, by asking, “What are your superpowers again?” Bruce Wayne replies, “I am rich.”
While this is undoubtedly true, Bruce Wayne is being a little modest in that although he has no superhuman powers, by way of being a mutant, God, or Alien, Bruce Wayne is a remarkable example of humanity at its peak of abilities.
Bruce Wayne is often described as having Olympic standard physical capabilities and is certainly very strong. One fan with knowledge took the time to calculate how strong Batman must be to do the things he does. His result was that he was capable of exerting 337 pounds of force.
As Superheroes go, Batman is not in league one when it comes to sheer strength, but there is a lot more to being a superhero than a simple calculation of how much you can lift.
There are many more factors involved.
In some ways, the fact that Batman can lift as much as he can is a great testament to the character of Bruce Wayne.
Other superheroes have gained their strength to some laboratory accident, alien physiology, a mutant gene, or the fact they are a Norse god.
Batman has his strength as a result of good old hard work and training.
What Caused Bruce Wayne To Have Such Determination
Bruce Wayne was not the first Batman.
In Detective Comics #235 we find out that Thomas Wayne (Bruce’s father) attended a masquerade party as a “Bat-Man.”
At that party, some thugs invaded the party demanding the help of a doctor.
Thomas Wayne volunteered to help, so he could get close enough to the villains to capture them.
This is why Low Moxton, the gangster boss who was injured, later sent Joe Chill to kill Thomas Wayne, resulting not only in Thomas; death but also that of his wife.
What Other “Strengths” does Bruce Wayne Possess?
Apart from physical strength, Bruce Wayne posses also other strengths:
Bruce Wayne also has enhanced mental control which he developed training at a Tibetan Monastery, where he learned to control his mind and spirit, allowing him to better face mental attacks and control his heart rate.
When Batman answered Ezra Miller’s question about his superpowers, Bruce Wayne replied, “I am rich.”
This was not an exaggeration.
According to Forbes magazine, Bruce Wayne was the sixth richest fictional character in history, with total assets of $9.2 billion.
This certainly helps Wayne to replace superpowers with technological equivalents.
Many of the world’s greatest geniuses could “Catnap.”
This included Leonardo De Vinci, Thomas Edison, and Nikola tesla. Batman is like this and can go for days without sleep, grabbing short 20-minute power naps every so often.
Batman once said that “Fear is an excellent motivator.”
He is an excellent interrogator, even though he uses some dubious methods, like dangling the suspect from a great height, held only by Batman’s grip around one ankle.
He has also been known to chain a person upside down and then beating them.
Perhaps not being as strong as your opponent can be slightly overcome by being a better fighter.
Batman has studied 127 styles of Martial Arts to Master level (where does he find the time).
These arts include:
Aikido, Ba Gua, Bojutsu, Boxing, Capoeira, Chin Na, Escrima, Fencing, Francombat, Hapkido, Hung Gar, Jeet Kune Do, Judo, Judo, Jujitsu, Jujitsu, Kali, Karate, Kendo, Kenjutsu, Kenpo, Kickboxing, Krav Maga, Kung Fu, Kyudo, Muay Thai, Muay Thai Boxing., Ninjitsu, Ninjitsu, Parkour, Savate, Shaolin, Shorin Ryu, Silat, swordsmanship, Tae Kwon Do, Tae Kwon Do, Tai Chi, Varma Ati, Wing Chun, Yaw-Yan.
Batman is proficient in the use of all types of knives and swords Many of these skills were learned as a part of his martial arts training.
Strategy and Intellect
Once again, when weaker than some of your opponents, having a strong strategical sense, being an excellent tactician, and commander can make a big difference.
His greater intelligence and training as a scientist can often become useful when in a battle.
Batman is known for having a wide range of equipment that he is able to use to his advantage.
Bruce Wayne’s great wealth means that he has the financial resources to buy or build some advanced equipment.
The Batsuit itself is constructed using a mix of Kevlar and Titanium, which makes it bullet-proof and will limit the damage caused by falls, explosions, and other impacts.
The gloves and boots are designed to be impact resistant and will offer a degree of rebound when he strikes an object.
The gloves have some small sharp blades mounted on the sides.
The cape is extremely lightweight, yet strong, construction and can assist Batman in gliding.
The mask has a trace amount of lead to shield Batman from x-rays.
It comes complete with an infra-red viewer, sound and sonar sensors, and night vision capabilities.
The Utility Belt
Batman carries a bright yellow utility belt, which not only has a remote link to the Batmobile so it will come when summoned but also plastic explosives, nerve toxins, and other weapons.
It also includes a fingerprint kit and a breathing device.
Strangely enough, it also contains a Kryptonite ring, provided by Superman, and to be used if Superman is ever mind-controlled.
How did Batman Learn What He Knows?
Bruce Wayne was a school dropout.
Bruce Wayne was of very high intellect but after his parents were violently killed he became full of anger, which he took out on his teachers.
He was expelled from Gotham Academy and then several other schools before he completely dropped out of formal education and began to travel the world, learning individual subjects from specialists.
The result was that before reaching the age of 21 Bruce Wayne had mastered criminal science, computer science, and most of the traditional science subjects.
His IQ is over 200 and it has to be said the Bruce Wayne has the highest IQ of any of the superheroes.
Bruce Wayne may not have had a traditional childhood, and dropping out of school may initially have seemed a failure, but in reality, it resulted in Bruce gatting the opportunity to learn the subjects he needed for his future crime-fighting career, together with physical skills, from the top experts in the world.
The result was a top-quality physical specimen with the strengths, agility, and speed of an Olympic athlete; mixed with a brilliant mind, and spiritual balance.