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Old 07-23-2012, 05:05 PM   #11
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Default Re: How the Next Batman Reboot is Driven by the Suit

Originally Posted by DaveMoral View Post
The way Hemsworth was built would not work for Batman. That's a convention of the last 20 years of comics that is purely BS. A bodybuilder could not do what Batman does. And Bale's physique was much closer to modern depictions than you're suggesting. Much much closer.

The Neal Adams era really has the proportions right, and they fit with most of Bruce's primary training regimens... gymnastics, calisthenics and martial arts. Batman wouldn't spend an inordinate amount of time on the bench press... and that's precisely what Hemsworth did for Thor.
Sorry, I don't want a bodybuilding physique for Batman either, but you are very misinformed.

"A bodybuilder could not do what Batman does". I assume you subscribe to the persistent myth that bodybuilders are slow and inflexible. Bodybuilders can be fast and very agile. In fact a powerlifter who squats heavy will have a very high vertical jump. Lifting heavy weights and getting the results you want requires a full range of motion in your exercises. A lack of flexibility simply will not work.

All you have to do is look at American football players or rugby players to see how fast big people can move.

Writing off Hemsworth's training as simply being long hours of bench pressing demonstrates a vast level of ignorance. Yes, Hemsworth did the Bench Press. But he also did Squats, Deadlifts, Barbell Rows, Overhead Press... these are core exercises that are essential for a balanced and strong physique. Even athletes like Tiger Woods do these exercises.

The only reason why Batman shouldn't be a bodybuilder is that the time and investment to maintain that level of size is unnecessary for his goals (also Batman looks better lean). It's not that being a bodybuilder will limit him in any way. If anything, a swimmer or running physique will be more of a hinderance.

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