It always makes me wonder when people dismiss Batman is completely unrealistic. Yes, many of the stories have fantasy or sci-fi elements....but these are not necessary and many stories are a lot more grounded.
Batman is at the most basic, a costumed detective vigilante, relying on gadgets and intimidation.
- The detective aspect is possible.
- The extreme martial arts is possible (albeit not to the extent of 127 styles)
- The costume is possible
- Excessive knowledge is possible
- Being a billionaire is possible
The two most unrealistic aspects are the gadgets and the slinging around skyscrapers with a grappling gun or ropes.
I was lucky enough to be in Taipei and see the human spiderman climb Taipei 101 without a harness or support. I have a friend who does parkour, and while he doesn't jump between rooftops I've seen some very impressive essentially street level superhero stuff. I don't find it hard to believe that someone could master the coordination and overcome the fear of swinging around a city.
The main limitation then, seems to be the gadgets. As far as I know there are no grappling guns that are as compact as the one Batman uses, although we have ones that are close to it, and I could see someone devoting resources to that if not designing one.
The rest of the gadgets I'm not too sure about...freeze pellets seem unlikely, while smoke bombs and a device to summon bats do exist, at least the former does.
What do you guys think?