In the Court of Owls, Batman

is stabbed in the back and the blade protruded through his stomach

I'm sure in the real world he couldn't have defeated the bad guy after that. But is it even possible that he survived ?

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  • People have survived being impaled by things. It would just require that he is lucky enough that it missed all the really vital bits.
    – Zoredache
    Feb 11, 2016 at 20:55
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    Batman is DCs biggest seller, so yes he will survive
    – Broklynite
    Feb 11, 2016 at 20:58
  • While this may seem like its asking for an explanation of something from the real world, Batman has above human durability which borders on SF/F.
    – AncientSwordRage
    Feb 11, 2016 at 20:58
  • Do you have a picture? Was it his stomach or abdomen?
    – user31178
    Feb 11, 2016 at 21:06
  • People have survived being cut in half. Phineas Gage survived having s metal pipe blown through his skull. You can survive almost anything except losing your heart, brain, or both lungs. Most people don't survive stuff like being impaled through the chest, but it is possible.
    – Wad Cheber
    Feb 12, 2016 at 6:31

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Yes and no. It boils down to two questions: did any vital organs/intestines get scratched/punctured, and how long did he have to wait before he had medical attention. The first answer will to a degree affect the second one of course.

But yea, it's dangerous and painful but ultimately survivable if there is no massive trauma and he seeks a surgeon immediately.

Edit: of course I say this not seeing the image of it being done to better judge the extent of damage.

Edit: the image now being posted, that looks less like Batman and more like Batwerewolf so now that's a different game entirely that you can't really judge.

  • You can live without most of your intestines.
    – Wad Cheber
    Feb 12, 2016 at 6:34
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    Full disclaimer: We are all competent doctors here on SFF, you can most definitely count on us for any medical advice.
    – ibid
    Feb 12, 2016 at 9:06
  • @WadCheber not when they've been forcibly severed out in the open. (Not allowed to @ apparently)ibid I actually am a competent doctor, thank you.
    – Broklynite
    Feb 12, 2016 at 12:30
  • @Broklynite - tell that the the guy who was chewed open by an elephant and had his intestines piled on top of his body in a wheelbarrow by a ranger... and survived. True story.
    – Wad Cheber
    Feb 12, 2016 at 21:23
  • @WadCheber And did the ranger take him to a hospital to get treated?
    – Broklynite
    Feb 13, 2016 at 0:03

Batman has above peak human durability (without being supernaturally though), taking blows from Wonder Woman and Azazel and surviving.

Wonder Woman beating up bats

Azazel beating up bats

(both sourced from this respect thread on reddit by /u/Ame-no-nobuko. )

Further more every day people have survived such punishment as well

Warning! Some disturbing images in those two links.

So yes, he can definitely survive the wounds he suffers in Court of owls.

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    As Batman is human, by definition, none of his characteristics are "above human." Hopefully this will earn me the secret hidden "pedant" badge that I assume exists.
    – Paul
    Feb 12, 2016 at 2:11
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    Perhaps "well above average human" would be better put. Feb 12, 2016 at 6:41

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