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Batman vs. Iron Man: Which Costs More To Become?

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Published on Jul 27, 2012

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Batman and Iron Man: two brave billionaires with notoriously expensive hobbies. But who's the biggest spender? Well, thanks to MoneySupermarket.com, we now have an answer and the numbers it would cost for an average person become Batman or Iron Man. Calculators ready? Aaaaand cue math!

If you wanna fight crime, you gotta have a base of operations. Bruce Wayne, the brooding, orphaned vigilante of Gotham City, lives at Wayne Manor, an ostentatious mansion he acquired for the unbelievable price of FREE (he inherited it from his parents). However, you'll remember that Wayne Manor and the Bat-Cave are destroyed at the end of Batman Begins and the estate is rebuilt at an estimated cost of: $600 million. That's a lot of zeros! But we're not finished -- how much does it cost to run a home worth more than the GDP of a small country? Maintenance: 37 thousand per year; Alfred's salary (he doesn't just stick around for the free food): 230 thousand per year. Bruce was 8 years old when he inherited the house, so if we assume he's about 40 by the time we get to 'The Dark Knight Rises,' his total residential cost is around $609.9 million.

As for Iron Man? Tony Stark's ultra-modern, ultra-high tech cliff-top home is worth only 25 mil, so even when you throw in the $10 million cost of creating Jarvis, the super-computer who runs the place, Iron Man's total residential cost only comes to: $35 million. And so, by a margin of a whole heck of a lot of money, this round goes to: Batman!

On to round two: transportation! A superhero's got places to be and, more than likely, a vapid playboy billionaire image to maintain. Across the three Iron Man movies, Tony can be seen cruising around town in: a Saleen S7, an Audi R8 Spyder, a Rolls Royce Phantom, and a 2012 Bugatti Veyron Hyper Sport, among other vehicles, for a grand total of: $3.4 million. Can Batman top that? Bruce's fleet includes a Lamborghini Murcielago, the Batpod, the Tumbler, and the real star of 'The Dark Knight Rises,' the Bat, for a total of...$79.9 million! Okay, Bruce, you've made your point. Round two goes to you!

And now for the third and final round: crime-fighting gear! Cuz when you don't technically have super powers, you gotta get technical! Batman's bat-suit alone costs an estimated $1.1 million (including $1000 for a bat-athletic cup, may I point out?). His bat-arsenal, including bat-grappling hooks, bat grenades, and bat-portable spectrometer, among other bat-weapons, tops out at over 162 thousand. Then you have to add another $1.5 million for the training you or I would require to design weaponry and take on hardened criminals like Bruce does: let's throw in 500 thousand each for an engineering education, Special Forces training, and military pilot training. This brings Batman's vigilante overhead to a total of: $2.7 million. Heroism does not come cheap.

But how does Iron Man compare? The nuclear reactor in Iron Man's chest alone costs $36 million! His super-suit's exoskeleton is worth $10 million, his wrist-mounted anti-tank missiles cost $1.5 million each, and the holographic display technology in his helmet goes for a whopping $54.1 million. But we can't stop there -- Iron Man dons EIGHT different suits in the movie series, each encompassing technology worth millions of dollars. The total cost of Iron Man's wardrobe comes to: $1.5 billion. Yeah, I said billion. Round three belongs to Iron Man.

I think it's pretty clear who the winner is, but just for you number enthusiasts out there, here are the grand totals. By our calculations, becoming a bat-themed, tortured vigilante in a cape will run you about $692.5 million. But flying around in an invincible nuclear suit showing terrorists what's what will cost you...$1.5 billion. It's a good thing these guys own gigantic corporations with handy R&D divisions and billions of dollars in assets. Good luck to the rest of us.

If you want more stats on the money behind Batman and Iron Man check out MoneySupermarket.com for the original infographics, and don't forget to drop us a line in the comments to let us know what you think of these guys' spending habits. Until next time, I'm Vivian Fabiola, thanks for watching ClevverMovies!

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