Batman Confirms His Utility Belt’s Most Valuable Secret Weapon
When the Batmobile is destroyed and Batman needs another way to get around, he proves his greatest asset will always be his massive bank account.
Warning! Spoiler for Batman: Killing Time #3 ahead!
Fans speculate and even joke about this Batman carries in his utility belt, but after the Batmobile is destroyed, he confirms what his most valuable secret weapon is. It’s not shark spray or Batarangs, but a weapon he owes to his identity as Bruce Wayne.
The limited series Batman: killing time by Tom King and David Marquez depicts the early days of Batman’s career, when many of his most dangerous villains team up for a daring heist. While Batman is distracted by Killer Croc, Catwoman and the Riddler work together to steal a mysterious item for a client. In doing so, the Riddler betrays Penguin, leaving him near death. In revenge, Penguin hires a hitman called the Help to track them down and make them pay.
Luckily for the villains, Batman steps in and stops the aide from finishing off Riddler in Batman: Killing Time #3. While Batman is distracted, Catwoman and the Riddler take off in the Batmobile, causing it to crash into a cliff in the process. When Batman finally catches up to the wreckage, he needs a way to pursue them. So he goes to a local bar and commandeers a motorcycle. Before driving off, Batman leaves some money and a thank you note for the motorcycle’s owner. Specifically, he leaves $97,438, effectively buying the motorcycle from the man for well over market value.
What is fascinating about this interaction is that although it seems simple on the surface, there is nothing simple about it. Batman is in the middle of a chase. He doesn’t have time to return to the Batcave or Wayne Tower to collect the money, and he certainly doesn’t go to an ATM to withdraw it. The only explanation is that Batman has all that money on him, most likely in his utility belt. It’s kind of crazy to think that not only is Batman carrying cash with him, he’s carrying close to $100,000.
This weird but interesting detail about Batman is eerily reminiscent of one of the cringiest moments in Batman movie history. In batman and robin, Batman pulls out a “Bat” credit card. It’s pretty ridiculous, but in a weird way, a credit card is definitely more convenient than Batman carrying around a huge envelope of cash for whenever he needs it. It probably wasn’t Tom King’s intention to reveal this detail, but it’s still the only logical explanation for how Batman got the money he needed to buy the bike.
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