Physicists at the University of Leicester have – presumably in-between debunking the existence of the Easter Bunny and Father Christmas – revealed that Batman’s dramatic cape gliding would be less than optimal if adhering to real world physics. The report, published in the University of Leicester’s Journal of Special Physics Topics1, revealed that it’s not so much the gliding per se that would prove problematic. Rather, it’s attempting to land at a calculated velocity of 50mph that would lead to a swift visit to Gotham General Hospital.
Now if you’ll excuse me I’ll be in the backyard, burying my childhood dreams.
– Via Wired.com