Comic Book Superstars #5 “Batman”

Let’s talk Batman. He is my favorite of them all. Who didn’t want to be Batman when they were a kid. I still would. I could go on for days about him, but I want to hear what you have to say.

19 Responses to Comic Book Superstars #5 “Batman”

  1. He’s super rich and has women that swoon over him, Wonder Woman being one of them. Yet he rather spend his time hiding in a dark cave infront of a computer screen with a young boy showing him his gadgets…not cool. Ironman’s better, he knows how to live the high life.

  2. Best comic book hero ever. Not to mention a remarkable rogues gallery.

  3. Calvary_Red

    Most people’s favorite superhero, and certainly DC’s. Batman is awesome, though i’d like to see a few other members of the JLA get a little of his lime light.

    Batman has unparalleled determination, some people complain that he just uses his money, but most people if given an endless amount of money and told to become Batman would fail. Miserably. What’s really impressive is that, without any powers, he has become a symbol of justice that inspires the people of Gotham in a way that even Superman could not. As Bruce Wayne stated he’s not just fighting crime he’s “fighting the idea of crime, with the idea of Batman.”

    The one thing Bruce can’t beat is the emotional damage that hinders his personal relationships. He knows this is his one major weakness, but knowing that he’s made sure none of his sidekicks will suffer that. There’s a reason Nightwing is described as “Batman with social skills.”

  4. Who didn’t want to be Batman when they were a kid

    No thanks, I would have rather grown up with parents. :)

    In all honesty, as sacrilegious as it seems, I never wanted to be Batman. When I was growing up, I wanted to be Luke Skywalker. Batman’s life just seemed lonely. He never really seemed to enjoy anything, and the Justice League issues I have read usually indicated that he never really trusted his teammates 100%. Batman’s a great character, but he never fully clicked with me for those exact reasons.

  5. I seen a comic strip where batman is calling Spiderman to prank call him and says “Hey is uncle Ben home!” and spiderman says “NO! Hes out at the theatre with your parents.” Then Batman looks all sad lol

  6. Let’s face it. The detective is tough and resilient. He survived George Clooney and Joel Schumacher! As djuby said, it’s not just the Batman, he has a rather solid cast of villains and supporting characters.

  7. darkvatican

    Batman is cool. He’s over-exposed as a property and over-hyped as a character, but he’s a cool character nonetheless. I definitely prefer him over the other two, most over-exposed and over-hyped characters in the comic world, Spider-Man and Wolverine.

  8. I’m afraid I wanted the Bat’s assets, abilities, and allies without any of his losses, opponents, and broodiness. I imagine if it had been me, I’d have wound up with half the high life of Iron Man, a tenth the abilities of Batman, and a rogues gallery of LAWYERS ruining everything.

  9. livewyre1014

    I’ve always related to Batman personally. He has no powers, and even his gadgets aren’t the essence of his legend. It’s the determination, the resilience. If the Bat is coming for you, there is nothing in Heaven or Earth that will keep him from completing his mission. That’s the true character of the Bat, the rest is just for show ;)

  10. Nick Hentschel

    The suit was, in 1939, a relatively clever, subtle effort to make the “new wave” of tight-based costumes look darker and more scary, and to create a specific, visual effect. In particular, I always thought that the scalloped cape was a great touch. But that’s the most I can really say for the character, whom I wouldn’t have paid attention to without some of the great adaptations over the years (like the Bruce Timm/Kevin Conroy version). I actually think he’s one of the worst characters out there.

    Part of this, I admit, is bitterness at his overexposure; he’s simply been taken too far and overemphasized. But I also feel that the general publci doesn’t perceive him accurately. The prevailing myth is that he was some kind of daring, original conception that saved comics for the tyranny of Superman-type heroes, and more ridiculous still, that he somehow represents ordinary men more, just because he doesn’t have powers. Much is also made of how supposedly brilliant it was, and original, that he was a billionaire outside of his costume. I have to disagree on all counts, and I can back it up, too.

    The fact is, that there were superheroes before comics, at least as far back as the 20’s: Zorro, Flash Gordon, The Shadow, Doc Savage, The Lone Ranger, The Phantom, the Green Hornet, and so on. And many of them foreshadowed his major traits:

    – Zorro, the Shadow, and the Green Hornet were all wealthy men in private life, while the Ranger, the Phantom, and Doc Savage all operated off of hidden treasure troves as full-time heroes.
    – With the exception of the Shadow’s radio version, none of them had superpowers.
    – The Shadow, Zorro, the Phantom and the Hornet all had dark personae and/or costumes.
    – The Phantom foreshadowed Bats having a trademark emblem and a cave styled to match it.
    – The Shadow was friends with the police commissioner.

    . . . And so on. The fact is, that Batman was a hero very *typical* of his time, while it was Superman who actually broke the mold. That’s why most heroes since then have followed in Big Blue’s vein, so that Batman, who’s the last of his kind (and a bit of an anachronism, really) seems more original than he is.

    He isn’t very representaive of the everyday Joe, either, precisely becuase of his prodigious skills and wealth, plus the fact that he really doesn’t think at all like the rest of us. Superman was the first hero to have a workaday job like we do (which no doubt was intended to say something about the potential hidden in all of us). I’ve long said that there are more Clark Kents in the world, than Bruce Waynes, and more Peter Parkers than both of them put together!

    I could go on, but I worry that I’ve taken up too much space already. I just believe that my unpopular perspective needs a lot of explaining.

  11. touche’ Nick

  12. I’ve never been able to relate to Batman, Daredevil, or most of the characters of similar ilk… People who charge into a room full of gun-weilding thugs and start hitting them with their fists usually tend to die, period! Cap, at least, has the Shield, the Super-Soldier serum, and a chain mail costume. Bats doesn’t, he’s just got some pretty fancy Martial Arts training… and we KNOW that stuff doesn’t work against bullets! I never found him believable, even at his best…
    I DID kind of like him as a Detective, which they seem to have abandoned, almost entirely.

  13. Prof. Abercrombie Q. Anthrax

    Well said, Nick.

  14. Calvary_Red

    Nick, just so you know, i’m copying your post for my archive of super hero history. i knew Batman was based heavily on Zorro, but the rest was very enlightening. Thank you. ^_^

  15. @Nick Hentschel

    You bring up excellent points. Especially about the original Batman and his influences. As a fan of 1920s and 1930s matinees, I appreciate your astute observations. You provide history to support your viewpoint. You are absolutely right, if you don’t know the culture and climate of the 1930s, you don’t have the complete Batman. Still, the reasons to dislike Batman are reasons that I like him.

  16. Nick Hentschel

    The Atomic Punk: You bring up excellent points.Especially about the original Batman and his influences.As a fan of 1920s and 1930s matinees, I appreciate your astute observations.You provide history to support your viewpoint.You are absolutely right, if you don’t know the culture and climate of the 1930s, you don’t have the complete Batman.Still, the reasons to dislike Batman are reasons that I like him.

    To each their own. Me, I don’t get much deeper into Bats than Kevin Conroy. I *did* like some of the supporting characters in the Batverse, though, like Catwoman and others.

    Thank you all, though, for being so receptive to hearing this; I’ve been needing to say it to somebody for a LONG time.

  17. Nick Hentschel

    You know, just to be fair, I’m going to add one more, small notch in Batman’s favor: I like his motivation & origin. The notion that this rich kid, after the HORRIBLE loss he suffered, chose neither to be a spoiled brat, nor to withdraw into himself, but to make sure that this never happened again to anyone else if he could help it, is a really noble sentiment. By contrast, Superman’s motivations (for example) have often been a little unclear. So, I give Bats credit for having his heart in the right place, for the right reason.