Bat Skills: What Skills Would A Real World Batman Have?

Batman is often known for his extreme breadth of skills and how those help him prepare for just about anything. As crazy as it would be, it's quite likely that we're unlikely to encounter men made of clay, leagues of ninjas, or human crocodiles in the real world. We face our own unique risks. This world of ours has its own threats. To this end and in true Batman fashion, we must adapt to this situation and prepare. Prepare to fight, prepare to lead, prepare to groom the next generation of be change agents, of heroes, prepare to change the world.

Keep in mind that this list is subjective and is based on my own views. If you have other ideas for things that should go into the framework, shoot me a message on Twitter.

Building The Bat Framework

Building on Batman's underlying principles we can craft a skill set that is fit for this world, for our risks. This page serves as the basis for the Building The Bat framework.

Physical

There is lots of research to support the idea that physical health elevates you on so many dimensions. Build your body to build your mind, then let the cycle repeat.

  • Endurance
  • Relative strength
  • Reaction time / reflexes
  • Krav maga
  • Jujitsu
  • Boxing
  • Muay Thai

Mental & Strategic

In this information age, power and change comes from a place of knowledge over physical feats alone. Even in Batman's world, being tactically and strategically superior positions Batman to be maximally effective. The below list lays out the mental and strategic skills I believe to be relevant to the heroes of tomorrow.

  • Leadership
  • Mindfulness
  • Stress management
  • Strategic foresight and red teaming
  • Data science
  • Computer hacking
  • Programming
  • Sabotage
  • Strategic deception
  • Learning
  • Spoken language
  • Social engineering, manipulation, and reading body language
  • Goal setting
  • Negotiation

Tactical

It's possible that you may never find yourself in a dangerous situation in life. However in this polarized world with assymetric threats that exist all around us, it's difficult to ignore. In this section I've laid out two sets of tactical skills, those that are more passive versus those that put you on the active and on the offensive to the situation around you. We can think about these skills on a spectrum.

Passive

Passive tactical skills should be more universally applicable to every day situations.

  • Combat hunting and situational awareness
  • Basic medical skills
  • SERE- survival, evasion, resistance, and escape
  • Tying knots
  • Climbing

Active

Offensive tactical skills are almost certainly applicable to a Batman that can function as an individual vigilante, maintaining stealth and doing active reconnaissance in urban environments. Although I will note and make it very clear that I don't believe any of these skills would be necessary for somebody simply trying to be effective at making a positive impact in the world.

  • Repelling
  • Disguise and stealth
  • Breach and building entry
  • Lockpicking
  • Offensive driving
  • Tracking
  • Weapons training and marksmanship
  • Improvised weapons
  • Small team/unit tactics
  • Escapology
  • Surveillance - electronic and otherwise
  • Drone piloting