This new strange question is sweeping the scienceblogs: “what kind of scientist is Batman?”
The answer is obvious.
He’s a fictional scientist. He’s a member of a long and distinguished lineage, from Tom Swift to Grissom of CSI, of imaginary scientists written by people who don’t know any science, and who imbue their characters with cross-disciplinary super powers and give everyone a false impression of just how easy and unambiguous scientific research is.
Not all fictional scientists have to be so cartoonishly omniscient, though. I recommend Allegra Goodman’s Intuition(amzn/b&n/abe/pwll) as a good example of a dramatic story about the real kinds of issues scientists wrestle with: flaky data, publish-or-perish pressures, personality conflicts, ethics, subtle and transient effects, and a real world that simply does not understand what scientists do—because they think scientists are like Batman.
Whoa, that was way too serious an answer for such a light question. I must be tired and cranky.