The Physics of Batman

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Da Na Na Na Na Na Na... BATMAN!

December 8th, 2010

THE DARK KNIGHT: 180 DEGREE TRUCK FLIP
The seventh highest-grossing film of all time was released in 2008 in which Christopher Nolen directed a masterpiece which was nominated for eight academy awards. In the city of Gotham, the Joker is the most prominent antagonist which must be stopped by Batman in the most recently released movie about the superhero, The Dark Knight. This movie was a sequel to Batman Begins which was released in 2005.
This research paper applies a broad range of physics topics to a single scene; namely the different forces in effect in this scene, action and reaction and their effects in collisions, acceleration and its role in assessing the overall plausibility of the scene, as well as different forms of energy illustrated within the scene such as kinetic and potential energy. The particular scene that will be used in order to convey all of the above ideas is just over half way into the movie (1 hour and 18 minutes in). Filmed in downtown Chicago, Batman latches a cable onto the front of a semi truck being driven by the Joker. Batman then rides his bike swerving through numerous light posts. When the cable inevitably runs out and is knotted through numerous light posts as well as other things, the truck has nowhere to go which then causes the cab end of the truck to stop, while the trailer of the truck flips up and over the cab. This scene can be found by searching “Batman truck flip” on Youtube.com.

Einstein's Theory of Relativity is that all motion is relative to what you define as a fixed point. This is just a way of saying that different people may say different things about the motion of the same object, depending on what they perceive as the fixed point to reference the motion against. For example, in this scene Batman is riding his bike at let’s say 80kp/h, while the truck…...

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