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MythBusters Superhero Special Episode Goes Online

I suppose there’s an argument that the work being done by Jamie Hyneman, Adam Savage and the rest of the “MythBusters” team is valid and good for greater mankind. But it sure sucks for comic book fans.

Once upon a time, “MythBusters” took on some of the more iconic aspects of superhero lore to see just how ridiculous they really are. For example, Jamie and Adam tried to scale a building with a grappling hook ala Batman, change costumes in a phone booth with super speed ala Superman, and punch a ring-shaped indent into a bad guy’s head ala The Phantom.

I won’t spoil the results for you,but needless to say, there are a lot of variables that even the courageous “MythBusters” crew can’t account for. If they aren’t able to grapple their way over a twenty foot wall, is the Batman myth really busted? It’s not like Jamie and Adam spent their entire lives crafting their body and psyche to the peak of human condition in order to put an end to crime everywhere. Without that motivation and skill set, the scales are simply unbalanced.

If you haven’t seen the episode yet, check it out after the jump, and let us know what you think of the results, what went right, what went wrong, and what other superhero myths you’d like to see put to the test.In Part One the team ponders the truth about Batman (or Rorschach)-style grappling hooks:

Part Two sees if the Phantom Skull’s ring could truly leave a perfect impression on the human skull:

Part Three asks whether changing into a super suit in a phone booth is really the speediest course of action before putting Batman’s vehicular tricks to the test:

The time for the big tests begins in Part Four, showing the real-world results of super hero grappling hook tech:

Does The Mythbusters’ Batmobile have what it takes to pull off the car’s comic book tricks? See for yourself:

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