So for this blog entry, I'm going to focus on "Batman Begins," a movie that until recently I did not own. But, when I found a local video store was having a huge sale on DVDs, I procured it for my collection.
For someone who loves Dark Knight, but had only seen this movie once, it was refreshing to see the story from the beginning.
Basically, for those who don't know, Batman is a vigilante superhero who fights crime by night, and runs a multi-billion dollar corporation by day. For Batman is really Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale), Gotham City's very own playboy. With the help of his faithful butler Alfred (Michael Cane), Batman takes on the crime-infested city and all its bosses, but faces his worst fears (literally) when he must stop chemical warfare before it ravages all of Gotham. The movie also has Liam Neeson, Cillian Murphy and Morgan Freeman.
What Doesn't Make Sense
So, on Batman's first mission, he manages to capture Carmine Falcone, main mob boss of Gotham. To give himself a name, Batman strings Falcone up to a searchlight. He does this in such a way that the man's shadow resembles a bat. Thus, he creates the shape of a bat on the clouds, and therefore the bat signal, which is later used to signal for Batman's help.
Ok, so obviously a searchlight like this is super bright. It can be seen from miles away, and is used to attract attention to a certain destination (usually something like a night club, gala, casino, movie premier, etc.).
Now, a 60-watt light bulb can heat up to 260 degrees F. A typical search light like this one is about 2000-watts. So, if you burn your fingers on a hot light bulb that is only 1/33rd as bright as a search light, just imagine how hot they are!
In other words, OUCH!
My work has 10 smaller versions of these lights, and trust me, these lights are HOT! They cook bugs to the point that they're just goop, and vaporize water and snow almost upon contact. So, if this guy is strapped to a light that could potentially be burning at over 1000 degrees...well, I think he would be well done and crispy, and not conscious and comfortable.
(Side note, I wonder if burning flesh smells like burning chicken. Because after working with lights like these for 3 years, I can tell you that burning bugs smell like garlic. Smells yummy doesn't it?)
Now, I will admit that I am not a physicist, nor an engineer. I have no idea if my math is accurate. But, regardless, I think it is safe to say that just by considering that when you touch a light bulb it burns, I can't imagine that human flesh would not survive long on a light that is that bright.
Until next time!