In the movie Batman Begins, Batman is seen speeding the Batmobile across Gotham in order to evade the pursuing GCPD.

What is the estimated cost of the damage done?

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    Since Bruce Wayne owns half of Gotham, it's in Batman's best interests to avoid causing too much damage. It's a bit like keying his own car. – Valorum Jun 23 '16 at 9:38
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    I wonder if insurance contracts in Gotham have "Acts of Batman" clauses in them. – Tab Alleman Jun 23 '16 at 15:52
  • @Valorum Is it established somewhere in Batman Begins that Bruce Wayne, Alfred, or the Wayne company owns half of Gotham? – TylerH Jun 23 '16 at 19:42
  • @TylerH - I was being ironical. That said, this sounds like the foundation for a good question for Thaddeus to answer. – Valorum Jun 23 '16 at 20:01

In the sequence shown, the following property damage occurs.

5 x Police cars
3 x Plastic dustbins
1 x Glass store-frontage
1 x Car park barrier
2 x Compact cars (used)
1 x Concrete car park wall
1 x Air-conditioning unit (roof)
3 x Heat-exchanger chimneys
1 x Mesh wire fence
1 x Building wiring loop
1 x Rooftop satellite dish
1 x Tiled roof (commercial)
1 x Central reservation barrier
1 x Divider fence
1 x Construction warning sign
1 x Concrete motorway divider
1 x Roadside hut
1 x Metal fence

Structural Damage: The major damage caused in the sequence is the destruction of the tiled roof of what appears to be a commercial building. We would easily expect that to cost upwards of $100,000 to repair. He also blew up several walls and dividers that could cost $10-30,000 to fix.

Cars: Assuming the police cars are written off (but suffer no major damage to their internal systems or engines) there's a price-tag of around approx $20,000 per car (times 5). The two compact cars suffer some side-damage but are probably repairable at a cost of around $1500 per car.

Misc damage: Without knowing the relative cost of building materials in Gotham it's hard to say, but I'd imagine something around $20-30,000 would be sufficient to cover the replacement of these items.

Best guess. $300K (ish).

  • Is that from Screen Junkies? – DVK-on-Ahch-To Jun 23 '16 at 10:37
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    @DVK-in-exile - I just counted it and guesstimated. – Valorum Jun 23 '16 at 10:41
  • I used a figure of $500 for all of the small misc items, $1000 for large misc items and the approx cost of completely replacing everything else. – Valorum Jun 23 '16 at 10:48
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    @BenMiller - I am assuming that they were all miraculously unharmed. – Valorum Jun 23 '16 at 14:23
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    @Valorum Indeed; miraculously avoiding accidental casualties is Batman's true superpower. This becomes especially obvious when watching TAS, which carefully shows every single person who looks like they might have been fatally wounded (e.g. from falling) shaken but otherwise unharmed a moment later. – Kyle Strand Jun 23 '16 at 16:39

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