B is for Batman

Batman has, as affirmed by the unbiased scientific apparatuses of Miskatonic University, the best rogues gallery in all of comic books.  One day Scott Snyder will realize, upon finishing his run on Batman, the potential grandeur of an ongoing series from the perspective of one of the villains.  And this potential is likely full of hot air because Batman’s villains are even more terrifying when viewed from a distance.

It’s often argued that Batman is not a superhero because he does not have superpowers.  Realize that Batman wants you to think this.  Should your ability to chew food become a possible threat, you will be even the less suspecting.

Batman can buy anything.  Imagine something that can be bought.  Do you want to build a castle’s walls out of endangered species?  Batman can do that.  But he won’t, because that’s ridiculous.  But Batman can’t buy anything, because he cannot, as he would want, reverse the judgment of God with a check.  That’s why his parents are still dead.

We only see Batman physically imperfect once and that is when his back is broken.  This is terrifying because Batman is the epitome of human strength.  This only further helps to underscore his spiritual brokenness.  He’s a man who does not consume addictive substances but is absolutely obsessed with stopping predators.  He does good, quite a bit of it in fact, but we have to ask…where is his heart?

Consider Christ who suffered the painful isolation of the cross with the mind of a greater joy in Hebrews 12:1-2:

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.”

What makes me recoil  is that sharp contradiction in the character of Batman.  His mission does not seem to be done out of a deep, love-centered joy, but with a stoic gaze in the looming face of evil.  Perhaps the main reason Gotham will always remain corrupt, aside from the fact that DC is milking it for all it’s worth, is that its savior cannot love his enemies.

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3 Responses to “B is for Batman”

  1. Hey, now that is a cool post… had no idea it would end where it did, linking Batman with Christ like that. Good work.

    Just clickin’ random A-to-Z links for that mammoth link list, and stumbled in here. Nice to meetcha, keep up the good work…

    Dave the Goof

  2. transitionalwoman1 Says:

    Well, I can say with certainty that I’ve never heard or read Christ being compared with Batman, but what interesting insights you shared.

  3. Yeah it just kinda came out the way it did. Honestly the subject deserves an entire tome analyzing each era of the character’s history with the actions and claims of Christ. But I’m glad you both enjoyed the little snippet!

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