Can Batman Fly?

Batman is one of the most iconic fictional characters of all time. Not just in the superhero sphere, but in all of pop culture. But can Batman fly? Let’s answer that question.

Batman Flight

Batman absolutely cannot fly. Unfortunately for the caped crusader, he is a mere mortal without any superhuman abilities and therefore is not able to fly. He’s pretty good at gliding using his cape though, he’s got that nailed down. Let’s look at the evidence.

In the 1989 Batman movie starring Michael Keaton, Batman is able to glide using a cape with a special material that allows him to glide through the air. However, he is not able to fly with wings or any other type of propulsion.

In Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy, we see a more advanced version of Batman who uses a special cape made from memory cloth. This allows Bruce to glide when an electric current is applied to it. Again though, not flying.

In the DC Extended Universe, Batman is also able to glide using a cape, but he is not able to fly. There is a scene in the movie Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice where Batman uses a grappling hook to propel himself up to a building. However, this is not really flying.

Batman’s Flying Machines

The Bat Flying Machine allows batman to fly
The Bat (Image: Warner Brothers)

Batman might not be able to fly himself but he has vehicles to accomplish this. In 1989’s Batman, the Dark Knight uses the Batwing to fly across the skies of Gotham in an attempt to stop the Joker.

In The Dark Knight Rises, Bruce Wayne makes use of ‘The Bat’. A machine that flies like a more versatile and advanced helicopter.

So, can Batman fly? The answer is a clear no, unless he pilots one of his flying machines, but that definitely doesn’t count.

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