Big Surprise: It Costs a Boatload of Money to Be Batman & Iron Man

July 27, 2012
Source: Moneymarket

The Cost of Being Batman

While many superheroes like Thor and Superman don't have a slew of gadgets at their disposal, thanks to their fancy super powers, the corporate faces turned vigilantes known as Batman and Iron Man don't have it all that easy. Bruce Wayne and Tony Stark do have the fortune (literally and figuratively) of inheriting a family business that rakes in billions, and that helps each of them build an arsenal of fancy suits, weapons, vehicles and more. But just how much money does someone need to become a formidable force for terrorists? Thankfully, we have a breakdown of the costs for each hero to put your mind at ease.

Moneymarket (via MTV) put together these two infographics breaking down the financial specifics:

The Cost of Being Iron Man

The Cost of Being Batman

Does anyone out there have this level of cash lying around to pull this off? With Batman, it's funny to me that the custom graphite cowl costs more than the entire suit itself, but I guess that makes sense. I also feel like the supply of gadgets that Bruce Wayne has in the Batcave should be a little higher, but I don't know. I don't think the total costs for all the research and development done in secret at Wayne Enterprises is included either. Of course, either way, I'm betting the cost of being Batman won't outdo Iron Man ever, if only because Tony Stark is much less subtle in his everyday like and has quite the lavish lifestyle. Cool?

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Reader Feedback - 25 Comments


guess i better start saving up.....

Jericho on Jul 27, 2012


oh and lets not forget the cost of the first suit he used in Begins.....

Jericho on Jul 27, 2012


Ski mask=$8

LosZombies on Jul 27, 2012


I was kind of wondering why the baddies in the stolen Tumblers, did not eject into the "Batpods" when Batman wrecked them? Surely they weren't as messed up the the original Tumbler in THE DARK KNIGHT.

DAVIDPD on Jul 27, 2012


those were also different variants of prototypes so they may not have been designed for that...or they never looked at the manual past the driving and gun control.....

Jericho on Jul 27, 2012


How do you know that? I guess its somewhat trivial, but one who niggles is often subject to such trivialities.

DAVIDPD on Jul 27, 2012


If you watched the movie, you'd know they were variants.

Charles Oosterhouse on Jul 27, 2012


So true.

DAVIDPD on Jul 27, 2012


You can tell they're different versions of the Tumbler because Bruce Wayne's doesn't have that cannon on it that a couple of the camouflage Tumbler's do, and not ALL of the Tumbler's that Bane's crew uses have that cannon. So clearly there are different models. Also, I'd be inclined to think that the Batpod might have been something that Wayne and Fox cooked up themselves.

Ethan Anderton on Jul 27, 2012


I see. But it would seem unlikely that a safety feature, such as an ejectable getaway bike would not be standard. I guess conjecture is all us fanboys are going to get...

DAVIDPD on Jul 27, 2012


In Batman Begins, Alfred orders 20,000 graphite composite cowls (he had to order in bulk to "avoid suspicion", and the first 10k shattered too easily, so he ordered another 10k). Based on the infographic's suggested price for the cowl, he'd have spent $20 BILLION on just graphite cowls, OR he spent only $50 per unit and the price shown is the total cost. Except that $50 for a custom graphite composite cowl is just as unrealistic. Either way...debunked.

Jim on Jul 27, 2012


Agreed. I saw the price on that and was like, "this whole thing is bull shit." Did they add a couple zeroes by accident or is this whole thing a joke?

John on Jul 27, 2012


As interesting as this is, it makes little sense. Did these people just throw random prices at these items, nearly all of which don't even exist?

Charles Oosterhouse on Jul 27, 2012


um almost the entire Batman piece is for the vehicles and the bat themed gadgets......

Jericho on Jul 27, 2012


"Save for the vehicles and the bat themed gadgets...." AKA: like the entire thing.

Charles Oosterhouse on Jul 28, 2012


no the other half of the gadgets are plausible since they have demonstrated crappy prototypes for the past six years, *look up grappling hook fail, its in Japanese* i was referring to the batarangs but you can just buy a bunch of throwing stars to customize. even the advanced schooling is correct but he may have to sacrifice substantial hours of sleep to take all that in the time he took..... as for the vehicles, the tumbler they actually built for the movie cost about a quarter of the price they slapped as does the Batpod, *according to special features* they just round it up because of the stuff they really couldn't do......

Jericho on Jul 28, 2012


Oh and 85% of the near 700 million is spent on the house is accurate. SERIOUSLY! So Batman's gritty cave and victorian-era home costs 24 times the amount of Stark's arc-powered, AI-run power-suit factory villa?

Akirakorn on Jul 28, 2012


Only 1.5 million for a batpod? Where can I order one, holy **** !

Neuromancer on Jul 27, 2012


Do you accept mastercard, visa, or american express? :)...I'll take the lot!

Cameron on Jul 27, 2012


nuclear power reactor cheaper than a helmet with projection display? hmmmm

bat0u on Jul 27, 2012


I'm shocked those dinky stabilizers cost $2 million. Considering the on-board AI controls it, and it's obviously the same materials as the exoskeleton.

Akirakorn on Jul 28, 2012



redskulllives on Jul 27, 2012


Sorry, but I couldn't get past the spelling mistakes of maneuvering and stabilization to take this seriously. Then it topped itself off with the construction cost $600,000 "following the destruction of Wayne Manor & the Bat Cave in the Dark Knight". Not only is the cost insane, but the writer clearly hasn't even seen any of Nolan's bat-movies.

Akirakorn on Jul 28, 2012


I coulldnt help but notice that it says following the destruction of the wayne manor in the dark knight, the wayne manor was destroyed in Batman begins. Just couldnt help it lol

Cody W on Jul 30, 2012


stupid trivia ironman budget is around $140M while dark knight is $185M..

OliverBonuel on Apr 8, 2013

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