Na na na na na na na na Batman! NOT the recent movie, the character, the caped crusader, the Dark Knight. What makes Batman so cool? Why has he become so dark over the years? Why does almost every nerd believe Batman can defeat EVERYONE? Let’s get batty.
Batman is an iconic character. He has been in TV, radio, and comics, for decades. He first appeared in Detective Comics #27 in 1939! Batman has been around for a while, so I know that discussing him is like walking on a patch of sacred comic ground. From the moment the Caped Crusader hit the comics, it was something special. He looks as if he would have special powers, but he is just a man. When he gets hit, we all know exactly what he is going through. It would take extreme discipline to master all of the skills he has demonstrated. Before we get too deep, let’s cover his origins.
Batman is Bruce Wayne. He was a young man with extremely wealthy parents, Thomas and Martha Wayne. The Wayne family were socialites and owned Wayne Enterprises, which was a very successful corporation. Known as philanthropists, the Waynes did very well for themselves in Gotham city. Bruce was a happy boy who looked up to his father and looked forward to inheriting his family legacy of doing good in Gotham.
One day, after leaving a movie theater, Bruce and his parents were held up in an alley by a petty thief. For whatever reason you might imagine, Thomas and Martha Wayne were murdered in that alley. Bruce was left with no other family or relatives to assume guardianship, so his dedicated butler, Alfred took on the role. Bruce became obsessed with fighting crime and pursuing his parents killer.
Bruce Wayne has no super powers, but he is a genius, so he trained. He trained relentlessly under the best martial artists in the world and learned to be a master fighter and tactician. If you were to play chess with Bruce, he would be easily five moves ahead. I guess you could say Bruce is a super dork that kicks butt. Everyone around him is afraid to admit that he is a geek at heart (Except maybe the Flash). Albeit a super serious geek.
Bruce donned the cape and persona of a bat in order to strike fear into his foes. The mystery of Batman flying around and beating up people in the dark, while apparently bulletproof, elevated Batman to a legend in Gotham that paralyzed criminals with fear. That briefly covers the origins, now let’s get on with it.
Why is batman so cool?
At his heart, Batman is a detective. He finds clues, evidence, spy info, and intercepts communications. Batman has a super computer in a secret cave, a Batmobile, a Batplane, a Batcycle, and endless gadgets. Gadgets are cool. As a billionaire, the best car Bruce could drive pales in comparison to the Batmobile. I remember in one of the Christian Bale Batman movies, a girl admired Bruce Wayne’s Lamborgini. He nonchalantly looked away and said,”You should see my other car.” The man has gadgets, money, a successful company, and gadgets. Yes, I know I said gadgets twice.
Batman succeeds. He gets it done. Does that mean he might die or destroy his body to save the day? Yes, but that isn’t even an afterthought for Bruce Wayne because he is always willing to take the bullet. When he gets in a fight, you can bet that he has thought it through. He knows who that person really is and who they care about. Batman is a learner, and he learns everything he can about everyone he deals with.
Batman’s villains also make him cool. Yep, you heard me. The BEST villains come from Batman. Let’s name a few…Joker, Harley Quinn, Two-Face, Riddler, Fish Mooney (Just Kidding), Clay-Face, Red Hood, the Doll Maker, Scarecrow, and Penguin. These villains are classic. They aren’t just mean horrible people, they are mental cases. Batman also has several more foes, but these guys are my favorites.
Why has Batman become so dark?
Why don’t you spend a few days fighting the likes of the Joker or the Doll Maker and see how bright and cheery you turn out to be? Batman has followed the times. In 1940, he was presented as a somewhat happy hero who went out day or night to do what must be done. But as time progressed, it only made sense to have BATman go out mostly at night like a bat. Also, his villains have gotten worse. We’re not talking about bank heists and purse snatchers anymore. Batman graduated a long time ago to take on the real villains, some of which were a threat to the entire Earth.
Why do people think Batman can beat everyone???
Because he can. As a tactician, he has discovered and logged the weaknesses of every superhero and villain he has come into contact with. Batman is especially distrusting of heroes and keeps a plan in place to defeat each one if needed. I like to think that Bruce Wayne is like Iron Man, except that he is a much better tactician. If Batman had created the Ultron program, it would have worked. Take that Tony.
I will admit that the comics have brought Batman back from situations where everyone thought he was dead. It was like a bad soap opera, but I would never let him die either. So I don’t blame the writers. In short, Batman can defeat everyone because wait for it….. He’s Batman! I love Batman. He might be the most entertaining superhero of all time.
*Update: I forgot to add Mr. Freeze as a great Batman villain. He is one of my favorites as well.
In conclusion, Batman gets an A+ rating in the Hero Spotlight for being so smart and so cool. He has been kicking but since 1939 and he is still going strong!
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