Neil deGrasse Tyson Comment On Batman Is Scientifically-Inaccurate


Neil deGrasse Tyson, world-renowned astrophysicist and host of StarTalk, relishes the opportunity to point out scientifically-inaccurate scenes from mainstream films, such as Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Gravity and Interstellar, but on Friday, the eloquent genius made a mistake when he perpetuated a myth regarding bats.

"If Batman wants so badly to be a bat, he might be more intriguing if (like Marvel's Daredevil) he were also blind, like a Bat," tweeted Tyson.

Actually, bats aren't really blind. I'm sure Tyson made the comment in jest; however, many of his 5 million followers look to him for scientific accuracy. Yes, bats are known for using echolocation to catch their prey at night, but many bats — 1,100 species of them — can see quite well. In fact, some of the larger species can see three times better than humans.

That was just one of a series of Batman and Superman related tweets Tyson posted yesterday. Tyson is, of course, promoting Zack Snyder's Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, which he makes a cameo in.

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