It’s probably a good thing that Batman was dispatched into pre-history and replaced by a younger man: Bruce Wayne didn’t have long to live, anyway.
So claims Dr. E. Paul Zehr, a professor of neuroscience and kinesiology, who appeared on a panel Saturday at Comic-Con.
First of all, Bruce Wayne is quite a bit older than we’ve been led to believe. Zehr, author of Becoming Batman: The Possibility of a Superhero, calculates the Dark Knight would have to train between 15 and 25 years — before he even hit the streets. That would put him, oh, anywhere from ages 33 to 43 (if not older), when he first donned the cape and cowl.
And once he did, he could only expect to be active for three years, tops. That’s because, like a boxer or a wrestler past his prime, Batman’s body would be subjected to repetitive stress, concussions, and injuries that never fully heal. His movements and reaction time would slow to the point that he could no longer defend himself, and one of his rogues — humiliatingly, probably a lesser one — would kill him.
So, really, a “rustic getaway” to the distant past might’ve been the best thing Ol’ Bruce could hope for.
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