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Is it true that "Anyone can be Batman"?


But there can be only one Queen of England.

Alas for me, being male, it is quite out of the question. Being Indian, and not in born into the line of royal descent are also mild impediments.

Sigh! The bat cave sounds like an inviting spot for me just about now.

Nothing like being spurned from a position of high power, to make you want to wear a cape, drive at reckless speeds around town, wreaking justice and mayhem, and then retiring to an underground lair to lick your wounds.

P.S. I choose the cape over the gown, as I am not quite the most avid cross dresser. I would do it to be a royal, but not for second best. But you get the idea of the royal train, don't you?


Apparently a middle class boy from Chennai can also be Batman:

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Posted on 27 March 2015

Why has the "Joker Variant" cover of Batgirl #41 caused so much controversy?

To start, the reference to the events of 1988's Batman: The Killing Joke, wherein writer Alan Moore was apparently told by his editors bored with Batgirl that it was fine to go ahead and "cripple the bitch", is problematic because the storyline there is itself problematic. Moore himself has said that he probably should have been reined in by his editors on this point. The Killing Joke is very good, an engaging and entertaining graphic novel that does a great job of examining the character of the Joker. Its signal flaw is that it does so by inflicting a crippling injury on the prominent female character of Batgirl so as to cause great angst for male characters, here Jim Gordon and Batman himself. The only thing that keeps the shot Barbara Gordon from being a stand-in for the prototype of Gail Simone's Women in Refrigerators list is that, unlike Kyle Rayner's girlfriend Alex DeWitt, Batgirl did not die.

The cover brings the reader back to that moment again when it really should not. The character of Barbara Gordon has been explored at length since 1988, both in the original DC Comics continuity when she became the wheelchair-wielding information superhero Oracle and in the New 52 setting where advanced medical treatments have healed her damaged spine. In each instance, Barbara Gordon has been explicitly depicted, at length and often, as a character who has been dealing with the legacies of Joker's attack much more effectively than the character depicted in this image. She resists; she struggles; she even fights back. Here, she is shown defeated, looking out with teary eyes at the audience pleading for help. It just doesn't fit with the character as developed for the past couple of decades by, among others, Gail Simone herself.

For that matter, it doesn't fit with the other covers in June's upcoming Joker month feature. I first saw this cover as part of a collection of covers, still more covers being available via links at the Scans Daily post. The other covers are either light-hearted or surreal. Possibly the most vulnerable one features Wonder Woman dancing with the Joker as he holds a bomb to her back, but even in that one she is depicted as poised and prepared. Albuquerque's cover is accomplished, but it misses the playfulness that the other covers seem to achieve. This is a problem, especially for a book that's targeted towards--among others--a female audience that likes seeing an ongoing series about an accomplished woman superhero who isn't just fodder for Women in Refrigerators.

If there is a tragedy to this at all, it's that a simple change could have made this cover significantly less objectionable. A minor alteration to the cover publicized by Sam Sykes has recently been spreading across Twitter.

In Albuquerque's original, Batgirl is begging her readers for help. In this retelling, simply changing the expression in her eyes and her mouth depicts a Batgirl who is angry, ready to take advantage of the Joker's weakness for the camera to strike. This still would have been a dark cover, darker than the theme of the series to date, but it would also have been a cover that would have been a much better fit for the series and the whole Joker month.

UPDATE: I've used this Quora post as the basis for a blog post, at my blog A Bit More Detail here and republished on Medium here. Thank you for the feedback!

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Posted on 18 March 2015

Who is smarter: Iron Man or Batman?


Iron Man (Tony Stark) is very intelligent, and extremely gifted, in a few specific areas, mostly involving electronics, avionics, computer technology, and armaments. To a limited extent, he's good with materials science and human anatomy, but not more so than Batman.

Batman (Bruce Wayne) is accomplished in those fields, but not as much. However, he also has expertise in the fields of psychology, military strategy,  criminology, pharmacology, sports science, nutrition, and forensics. He's also multilingual and a master of a number of mind-body disciplines, including those used for healing and including a number of martial arts. And Bruce Wayne is also a far better businessman than Tony Stark: after all, Stark has lost his company due to hostile takeovers, but Bruce Wayne ultimately bested Lex Luthor in the corporate arena.

It is interesting to note that this difference is reflected in the respective business holdings of the two men.

Stark Industries is a technology company and defense contractor. Wayne Enterprises is a far more diversified conglomerate, with companies active in aerospace, transportation, defense, food, pharmaceuticals, entertainment, chemicals, technology, retail, healthcare, and heavy industry.

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Posted on 27 February 2015

Is Batman actually good?

Batman is a billionaire who wants to make the world a better place. But instead of using his billions to, I don't know, fund magnet schools, promote public infrastructure, or address the root causes of crime directly, he...

...runs around at night dressed up as a flying rodent and beats people up. Individually.

You don't do that unless at least two criteria are met: (a) you really, really, really love beating people up, and (b) you are totally balls-to-the-wall bonkers.

That's not a combination I normally think of when I think of people who are morally and ethically good.

Batman only beats up "bad" people, but that's a minor detail. There's no getting around the fact that he really likes beating people up, and he's completely crazy.

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Posted on 6 February 2015

Why are people fascinated with the Joker?

Because Joker is a big unknown.

For other villains in comic books (not just DC universe), we pretty much know where most of them come from (at least the major ones). We know their true identity, we know their background, we know their goal (often involve dominating the world, or revenge or both), we know their specific mental illness (sociopath, pyromaniac, OCD... etc), we know their super power (if they have any) ... but we know virtually nothing about Joker, who he was, where he came from, what he wants. And that's his appeal.

Name the most famous serial killer in the world: Jack the Ripper. We don't know who he was (there're theories, sure, but no definitive ID).

Think about the most scary (and best part) of any horror movie, it's the part where you don't know what's going on, it's the part where you see a shadow in the corner of your eyes, the flicker of lights, the weird apparitions, but can't quite put your finger on. The minute you know who died in the house and haunted the poor family, everything gets boring.

We're fascinated by the unknown. It gives us infinite room for imagination. Joker is probably the biggest unknown in Batman's universe, that's why people are fascinated with him.

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Posted on 6 February 2015

Why are people fascinated with the Joker?

Because they really don't consider his character carefully.

As portrayed by DC Comics, especially within the last three decades, The Joker is an amoral and sadistic mass murderer whose mental illnesses (which are never specified) are used as an excuse to justify his myriad killings. While in reality his homicidal sprees would have been ended by his execution either at the hands of the of the police or by the state, the comics keep him around as he is viewed s being Batman antithesis and thus his arch-nemesis.

Fans of the franchise are willing to overlook The Joker's extremely disturbing behavior because he is the most entertaining of Batman's "Rogue's Gallery" and because close review of the character would reveal ugly realities that would make him far less entertaining.

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Posted on 6 February 2015

Why are people fascinated with the Joker?

Because his motive is chaos. He just wants to see the world burn and takes delight in causing chaos. There are a few people around who are like this but very few of them have much in the way of brains. But the Joker was a genius. A combination of chaotic intent and high intelligence makes for an interesting character.

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Posted on 5 February 2015

Who is more awesome, Bruce Wayne or Tony Stark?

What does awesome mean?  If it means who parties hardest, then it's Stark hands down.  If it means who makes the best weapons system, then it's Stark again although the armor Batman fought Superman in Dark Knight Returns was pretty awesome. No flight, however.

If it's who is the most brilliant strategist and fighter, then it's Wayne.

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Posted on 27 December 2014

I have vowed not to watch any movies in theater until Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. I am missing all the good movies and feel upset about it. How can I console myself?

People with an especially acute sense of artistic taste - meaning how vehement they feel, not how "good" their taste is - will sometimes fixate on flaws in the art they consume. As a result, they will have things they love, and then a massive dropoff, and it will make them attach to the things they love even more. The statement of love becomes a possession and a sense of identity.

You're being one of those folks right now, and on the face of it that's fine, but there's a practical problem here:

Some art lends itself to this approach more than others. The fellow with the acute taste in painting doesn't refuse to see paintings. He probably goes and sees plenty, but his selection of those he puts in his home (or wherever) is where he gets choosy.

Your art here isn't simply more abstract than that due to being a film, it's essentially one-time art because you're obsessed not simply with anointing the best possible movie but having the best possible movie experience. And this means that you literally can't know whether something will fulfill your deepest wish, or pollute it, until after it's already happened.

Realistically then, the only way for you to keep your "gallery" pristine, is to lock yourself into it and new venture forth again. I would submit to you this just isn't a realistic way to do things.

Obsessing over movies is a perfectly fine thing to do, and being choosy about which you go to see isn't simply fine but impossible to avoid, but there has to be a point of entry where you give new things a shot or else you're going to miss wonderful things.

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Posted on 20 December 2014

I have vowed not to watch any movies in theater until Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. I am missing all the good movies and feel upset about it. How can I console myself?

Well, if you feel the need to keep to this vow, then buy all these movies on Blu-Ray or DVD.  Then once you've seen BvS:DoJ, take some tie off and binge-watch the movies you want to see.  I'll bet at least one is better than BvS:DoJ.

A word of warning: when you build something up in your mind, it's hard for the real thing to match your expectations.  Personally, I listen for potential flaws in upcoming things so that I'm ready for them and mange my expectations.

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Posted on 19 December 2014

I'm planning to buy some DC comics (Batman, JLA) and have no idea about the chronology. What is the correct chronology of the various comics?

In August of 2011, DC Comics did a reboot.  Well, a kind of reboot.  They cancelled every comic book series they were publishing and started over with 52 series, each a #1 and each a fresh start (kind of).

Action Comics, the comic that started in 1938 began again at #1 and retold Superman's origin.  It was set 5 years in the past.  Since Superman is deemed the first superhero, DC was saying that the heroes each had up to 5 years of backstory.

Here's where the "kind of" comes in - DC weren't quite willing to commit to erasing everything.  In particular they didn't want to screw with their most valuable writers (Grant Morrison and Geoff Johns) and titles (Batman and Green Lantern).  The Green Lantern book essentially continued the ongoing story.  Across the line, they've followed a pick-and-choose philosophy of keeping some story-lines and elements and purging others.

Pretty much, if I loved a book (e.g Justice Society and Birds of Prey), those characters were disposed of or changed so much they don't resemble their formers selves.

I've not been impressed with the "New 52".  More books have been misses than books have been hits.  But - they are the official continuity of the characters.  So, if you want to get up to speed with the current DC universe, the "New 52" is the place to start.  Since 2011, some books have been cancelled and replaced with new books.  The longest running books are now coming up on three years.  So, it isn't a big effort to catch up.

The best title from the "New 52" has been Batman.  It has been written by Scott Snyder and illustrated, mostly, by Greg Capullo.  The first story is called Court of Owls.

Now, if you're interested in going back to the old DC universe.  Here are a few stories I'd recommend.  They each are good representations and introductions of the key characters.

Superman: Secret Origin by Geoff Johns and Gary Frank.
Batman: Year One by Frank Miller and David Mazzucchelli
Wonder Woman: Hiketeia by Greg Rucka and J.G. Jones
Green Lantern: Rebirth by Geoff Johns and Ethan van Sciver
Flash: Rogue War by Geoff Johns and Howard Porter
JLA: Tower of Babel by Mark Waid and Howard Porter

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Posted on 21 September 2014

Who would win in a fight, Vegeta or Batman?

Vegeta lands in Gotham, then Gotham is wiped off the map

Saiyans don't make demands when they invade a planet, they just start killing a city at a time. This is uncharacteristic of any villains in D.C. comics so Batman simply wouldn't have any time to prep when he gets vaporized.

and there's a small chance Vegeta would eat Batman afterwards


Even though Batman started off as a detective who fights mortal criminals who occasionally have tommy guns, Batman is the most popular fictional character in America though and has mutated over the years into the god of plot pulls, so of course he's not going to lose if it's a story for the American audience. In that case we'd probably have Superman slugging it out with Vegeta, then Batman analyzes a Saiyan hair sample to make up anti-saiyan kryptonite from the fragments of planet Vegeta or something to save Superman (because any time Batman cooperates with Superman we have to watch Superman get humiliated before Batman saves the day).

as canonical as anything Nolan directed.

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Posted on 26 May 2014

In The Dark Knight, how did the Joker really get his scars?

This was the Nolan brothers and Heath Ledger's nod at perhaps the most iconic story regarding the Joker's origin: "The Killing Joke". (See more here: Batman: The Killing Joke under "Influence in other media")

It tells the story of the Joker's becoming, without - as in the movie - revealing his former, true identity.
At one point of the story the joker makes the following statement:
"If I'm going to have a past, I prefer it to be multiple choice!"
Heath Ledger's joker telling 3 different stories about the origin of the scars, is symbolic of the ongoing question of who the joker is:
We will never know the true story.

This reflects perfectly in the Joker's random cruelty in both the comic book stories and the Nolan trilogy: Neither the past nor the future matter to him, therefore chaos and madness are - to him - a trivial choice.

The modern interpretation of the character is truly fascinating.

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Posted on 6 February 2014

In what ways does Jesse Eisenberg qualify to play Lex Luthor in "Batman Vs. Superman?" As a follow up, in what ways doesn't he?


1) He is an Oscar nominated actor.
2) He has shown ability to play an intelligent billionaire (The Social Network).
3) He has shown ability to play an intelligent criminal (Now You See Me).
4) He is likely inexpensive in an already expensive film.


1) He looks like a pouty thirteen year old nerd.
2) He is not charismatic.  Lex Luthor is so charismatic that people ignore his megalomaniacal scheming and elect him President of the United States.
3) He is not a box office draw - he has never opened a live action film at greater than $30 million.
4) He is 5'7".  They are going to need two apple boxes for him to stand next to Cavill (6'1") and Affleck (6'4") and look intimidating.  He will be the shortest actor to play Lex Luthor.
5) He will be a distraction.  The audience will be wondering why Mark Zuckerberg wants to kill Superman.

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Posted on 1 February 2014

If people were asked to direct Batman 4, what would the plot be?

Without a doubt, and I believe I've answered a similar question before, I'd go to...

Batman Beyond

I'll offer my take below, but first...

The last thing we need is an outright reboot.  I'm actually excited by the prospect of Ben Affleck offering a different take on the character for the upcoming Batman/Superman film, leading into Justice League.

However, if I was hired to write and direct a fourth Batman film, I'd shepherd a new franchise that could equally exist with any Ben Affleck-led role in the aforementioned movies, which would obviously include a Justice League franchise.

We don't need another origin story.  For The Amazing Spider-Man, I didn't mind it because I extremely disliked what I thought were very overrated Sam Raimi installments.

With Batman, we've had the great Tim Burton installments, as well as the now classic Christopher Nolan franchise installments of Batman Begins and The Dark Knight.  I gave The Dark Knight Returns three chances, and I still feel that it was a horribly structured and executed final installment of Nolan's trilogy, beyond the excellent ending with Joseph Gordon-Levitt. 

So with Burton and Nolan's origin stories, we just don't need another one.  I'm sure that with Ben Affleck's take (If he stays attached the role), they won't be doing an origin story beyond some mild exposition.

So let's take the franchise somewhere it hasn't been. 

While I would directly pull from Batman Beyond, piece by piece at least, I'd take the core concepts and elements and craft my own story.  And I'd include some additional elements. 

An introduction that would play much like the opening of The Road Warrior, as far as showcasing an opening that picks up on an adventure that has already begun.  A pre-cursor to the eventual film.   

Gotham.  The Future.

The great city has long fallen.  It is a world of crime.  The good hide in the shadows while the scum reign free. 

Those who wish to prosper have moved on to Metropolis.   

Batman, now in his early fifties, still dons the suit of the Dark Knight.  But he's no longer a difference maker.  Gotham can not be saved by this one man alone, and his now mythical ideals. 

Everyone he loved is gone.  Alfred.  Vicki.  Gordon.  Robin/Nightwing.  Etc.  

He lives in endless guilt.  He couldn't save Gotham those many years ago.  He failed the city.  He failed his friends.  He won battles, but lost the war. 

The film opens amidst a chase sequence already in play, through the dark and sometimes burning streets of Gotham. 

A manic motorcycle gang speeds through the streets.  They are dressed in Road Warrior-like street wear, with green and purple J's painted onto their black leather and helmets.  "J" for Joker that is.  His gang. 

They are hotly pursued by the aging Batman on his Bat cycle, who is now donning a Bat suit that is clearly battle ridden.  The body suit is dark grey while the mask and cape are black. 

It's a violent chase.  Batman is outnumbered and clearly overwhelmed, however his training succeeds in the moment, taking out the bikers one by one, and sometimes two by two.  But they keep coming.  As if a hornet's nest was shaken, until...

A dark figure appears on the horizon at the end of the street.  Batman sees this figure and grinds to a halt.  The biker gang ahead and around him part, respecting the duel to come.

It's the Joker. 

He has aged as well.  He's even more dark and disturbed now.     

"Be careful what you wish for, Batman.  It may just come true!"

Batman suddenly hits the accelerator and speeds towards him!  The Joker laughs manically as Batman approaches fast, clearly about to take him out until...

Two of Joker's gang appear from the shadows to the right of the street.  The brandish cable guns, shooting them across the street through Batman's path.  The cables embed themselves into a building, creating deadly trip wires. 

It's too late for Batman to act.  He hits the cables full speed, sending him into the air over The Joker. 

He slides violently to a stop.  He's hurt.  He's hurt bad. 

The Joker approaches with that manic laughter.

Batman sucks in the pain and pounces.  The Joker dodges quickly and kicks him in the chest.  Joker's biker gang surround Batman, who struggles to get up.

The Joker kicks him in the chest again, sending him flying.  Batman tries to get up again until...

He suddenly writhes in pain as he clasps his chest.  Something is wrong.  The Joker's eyes light up with glee, albeit somewhat disappointed. 

Batman tries to get up, but can't.  He holds his arm.  He gasps for breath.  He's having a heart attack. 

"The ole heart?  That blackened organ is finally failing you once and for all!?" 

The Joker stands inches away from him.  Batman tries to attack, but can't.  Falls to his knees. 

The Joker looks to his gang.  "Finally, the Dark Knight bows to The Joker's feet."

The gang laughs. 

The Joker, holding a gun to his side, kneels down. 

"It's been a fun ride, Bruce.  Sorry to see it end like this.  I'll let you die, whether it's tonight or as a decrepit old man with slurred speech, knowing that you had me within your grasp.  And you failed again.  To the past you go ole chap!  It's been real!"

Batman tries and tries in utter rage to get up as The Joker walks away, hops onto a motorcycle, and rides away with his gang, laughing. 

"No.  No!!!!"


The Batman Beyond logo burns onto the screen...

Here we introduce the elements taken from Batman Beyond.  It's twenty years later.

Gotham now has the look and feel of a Blade Runner-type world.    

Flying cars, reminiscent of the technology of the Batwing in Nolan trilogy, fly through the sky. 

It is here where we set up the Batman Beyond mythos, pulled from the animated series but with different spins on the story. 

I pulled most of the below from the Batman Beyond wikipedia page, but have made some tweaks to it. 

We're in the futuristic megalopolis featuring staggering high rises and flying vehicles. Terry McGinnis is an athletic 17-year-old high school student and reformed troublemaker with a deeply ingrained sense of  personal justice. Living on poor terms with his father Warren, Terry  disobeys his curfew one night to meet up with his girlfriend Dana Tan,  only to incur the wrath of a group of the Jokerz gang, a neo-variation (Think Akira) of The Joker's biker gang from before, harassing them. A high-speed motorcycle chase between Terry and  the Jokerz leads them to the grounds of Wayne Manor, which almost looks like a Gothic forest of overgrown trees and weeds and with the mansion looming over everything.   

A dark figure is watching the chase approach from the shadows. 

Terry is cornered near the mansion.  The Jokerz surround him.  The dark figure watches from afar as Terry engages the gang, showcasing some amazing skill and prowess until he's overtaken. 

A figure from the shadows intervenes.  Terry, having taken a beating, watches as this dark figure brutally takes out the Jokerz.  It's Bruce Wayne.  A much older Bruce Wayne.  But he still manages to hold his own amazingly. 

Bruce and Terry fend off the Jokerz  side-by-side, but the exertion aggravates Bruce's heart condition. Terry  helps Bruce back to the manor and, while exploring the mansion,  stumbles upon the entrance to the Batcave, only to be chased out by a  recovered and angered Bruce.

The next day, Terry returns home to find that his father has been murdered by the Jokerz gang, who had been targeting him. 

One thing leads to another and Terry finds himself, grief stricken, at the Wayne Manor. 

Thus begins the storyline of Batman Beyond

Terry is trained by Bruce.  He fights the local crime, investigating the murder of his father.  Wondering how they knew where he lived.  Perhaps Terry wasn't the target.  Perhaps his father was killed for other reasons. 

The possibilities are endless for this new franchise.  New villains.  Old villains. 

Bruce Wayne as the tough as nails mentor figure.

The return of The Joker. 

You have a new Batman design, set within a Blade Runner-like city landscape.  Akira-like biker gangs and environments. 

That's what I'd do with the next Batman installments.  And this franchise CAN exist at the same time as the Justice League franchise.  Two different time periods.  I'd combine the mythos.

This would allow the Batman franchise to grow in multiple directions, offering audiences a fresh take as well.    

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Posted on 28 January 2014

Which superhero is respected more, Superman or Batman? Why?

I'm surprised no one mentioned this, even though someone quoted Grant Morrison from his book "Supergods," where he makes this point:

Superman was most popular in an era when capitalism seemed to be on the brink.  He's a very "socialist," almost communist super-hero - he gives much of himself because he can, and asks for almost nothing in return. 

Batman became most popular in an era when capitalism went on steroids.  Some people have said on here, "well, Superman was born the way he is.  Batman had to make himself from scratch."  Not exactly.

Batman is one of the 1%.  Without his massive wealth, he could not be Batman.  How fitting.  How excellent a symbol he is for our society and what we respect.

He's got a mansion, passed down to him from his family that's been wealthy since the 17th century:

The best car:

A private jet:

A mega-corporation that he really doesn't have to do anything with besides enjoy its money:

Batman/Bruce Wayne had the time to become what he is because of his special circumstances.  Few others, no matter how driven, could accomplish what he did because they would have to focus on making a living.  Bruce Wayne had the luxury of focusing on his obsession.  It's true he wasn't born with his abilities and had to forge himself into who he became.  Still, his kickoff return got him a lot farther down the field than others with the same determination.

As for me, I respect Superman more.  He could go anywhere in the universe, really, and become a god provided he stays away from red stars.  Not even that, he could use his abilities to subtly cheat & become wealthy & powerful that way - overhear a good stock tip using his superhearing - become more knowledgeable than everyone else by reading faster.  Instead, his human persona, which he chooses, is a middle class working person like the rest of us. 

In some ways I'd say Superman understands humanity better than Batman does, and he's certainly the kind of human I'd prefer to be.

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Posted on 6 October 2013

Which superhero is respected more, Superman or Batman? Why?

I love this quote:
"Superman is how America views itself. Batman is how the rest of the world views America." - Michael Caine
While working on a game with both characters, some us came to strongly favor Batman, because from a writer's point of view, Superman can do anything, even turn back time or fly into the sun. Ultimately it is kind of boring to be without limits or real challenges.
The broken boy inside imperfect Bruce Wayne, bending laws as Batman, seeking some mix of justice and revenge against an equally broken Joker, well that is almost tragic Opera. Respect might not be the right word, but Batman can be a lot more interesting.

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Posted on 3 October 2013

Which superhero is respected more, Superman or Batman? Why?

Without a doubt in my mind or a moment of hesitation, my answer is Batman.  The Dark Knight. 

Superman stands for truth, justice, and the American way (Now extended to the whole world).  Batman stands for what we'd all like to do if the law and a moral code wasn't holding us back.  There's instant respect for that. 

Batman makes the hard choices.  He takes one for the team.  Superman lives by a code of ethics.  He's the last boyscout.  Batman is pure vengeance and rage.  What we often feel within but cannot channel. 

Throughout the years in comics and film, this has never changed, with the one exception of Superman killing Zod in Man of Steel.  An act that I myself loved.  Finally, Superman has an edge.  But nowhere near the edge Batman has. 

I love Superman, but I respect Batman even more.

UPDATE:  Commented on Ariel Williams' excellent answer.  Decided to add another element to why I thought Batman would get more respect.  And this is primarily from within the DC universe as well, but applies to the real world too. 

The added scenario is that if  a criminal was approached by Superman, they'd likely have a lack of  respect for him because, again, of his powers and overall statue within the community and throughout the world.  The basic do-gooder. 

They'd fear him, sure, because with the twist of his fingers, Superman could kill them instantly. 

However, when he'd fly off they'd likely say, "F*** him.  Damn boyscout thinks he's  better than anyone else because why?  He's got super powers.  Take them away and who is he? Just a man."

But with  Batman, they know he's a vigilante.  They know he's not a boyscout.  And  they know that he doesn't have any powers.  He's just, for lack of a  better term, a badass motherf***er.   And criminals respect that. 

I  bet if you asked a group of cons or ex-cons in real life who they would  respect more (granted, if they know both characters well), Batman wins  by a majority.

Superman has my respect, but I just think the majority would sway towards Batman.

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Posted on 3 October 2013

Which superhero is respected more, Superman or Batman? Why?

I am afraid that I have to respectfully disagree with Ken Miyamoto on this answer for exactly the reasons he lays out in his answer. (I did however upvote him because I understand where he is coming from with his answer.) I will explain why I champion Superman over Batman as the more respected in detail below.


You don't get heaven or hell. Do you know the only reward you get for being Batman? You get to be Batman.
― Neil Gaiman, Batman: Whatever Happened to the Caped Crusader?

"Criminals are a superstitious cowardly lot -- so I have to wear a disguise that will strike terror into their hearts! I must be a creature of the night, black, terrible, like a... a... a bat!"Bruce Wayne / Batman

"You have a choice. You can crawl -- on your bellies -- and plead for her forgiveness. That's the first choice. The second is -- I hurt you. Choose one. Choose the second." Bruce Wayne / Batman

Despite the fact that many (myself included) can empathize with the feelings of helplessness and wanting to take back the streets that Miyamoto describes, the reality is that we generally do not feel safer knowing there are vigilantes around. Batman is a true hero with a heart of gold but that heart as big as it is, casts a very long shadow. When fear is a weapon in your arsenal trust and respect are commodities in short supply.

In the DC universe as with vigilantes here on Earth Batman is seen as a violent and dangerous criminal that bypasses the system of justice recklessly. Although he may have earned trust from his many efforts Batman is often finding himself pitted against the law as often as he is working with it.

Imagine for a moment....
You are sleeping in your bed and become aware of a sound in your room. You sit up and look off to your left wondering what you heard. You see nothing. As you begin to relax back you see Batman staring at you an inch to your right. "Why did you help <such and such>? Where is he? If this city burns you will burn first!". You are terrified. Your mind screams and you react in fear. You reach desperately to your nightstand to get the gun hidden there. Instead as you pull it open all you see is an explosion of smoke from the drawer.

You come through a moment later and you feel strange. Your leg hurts and you feel dizzy. You look around and you see the street above you and the side of your apartment building. You are upside down, hanging over the street. Batman is holding you by your ankle over the street 20 stories below. He begins barking out questions to you with a voice that sounds like black gravel pouring from a burlap sack. Questions you don't understand. Answers you don't know.

Suddenly he says almost under his breath, "What I don't have time for this.". There is a pause. He speaks again, "What do you mean this isn't the person?". his arm rests a bit and you can reach the side of the building. You grasp onto the overhang in desperation. "So this was just another manipulation to delay us?", He says looking right at you with cold but now a bit remorseful eyes. "Are you certain Oracle?". Suddenly, he pulls you back up and brushes you off. "You pissed off someone very dangerous. I would be careful were I you.", he says before turning and suddenly jumping off the other corner of the building. Your pants are wet with urine and your shirt as well. You are left there shivering in the cold night air wondering what that was all about and why the city is going to burn if there are no sirens to be heard...

That is Batman in a nutshell. That is the danger of the kind of justice vigilantism brings. It is true that he can do things by working outside the law that police can't but because of that the consequences are far more serious should he fail. He wields fear and intimidation like a sword but that sword cuts both ways and the scars it leaves have blackened Batmans heart and soul like the shadows he lives in. The person above probably gets a call from the Wayne foundation a few days later offering him some kind of assistance he desperately needed but he will never know that was also Batmans doing... All that is remembered is the most terrifying night of this person's life.

I want to be clear, in a world like DC there is a need for Batman but if you didn't know his secrets like a comic book reader or movie watcher does, you would probably be more afraid than respect him too. I for one, am glad that our world does not need vigilantes of that sort. It would be a terrifying world to live in.


Actually, it's as if [Superman is] more real than we are. We writers come and go, generations of artists leave their interpretations, and yet something persists, something that is always Superman.
― Grant Morrison, Supergods: What Masked Vigilantes, Miraculous Mutants, and a Sun God from Smallville Can Teach Us About Being Human

"I remember the first time I met Superman. Barry was going to introduce us. I was just standing on the rooftop watching Barry talk to Superman. I must have tapped my foot a thousand times fighting the urge to ask for his autograph. I started to get down on myself looking at him. Like I could never measure up. I felt like taking off my costume and walking away. When they finished talking Superman walked over to me, put his hand on my shoulder and said "I wish more young people were like you." Afterwards I couldn't stop smiling for a week."
―The Flash(Wally West) talking to the other titans

"I remember the first time I met Superman. It was a Justice League case so there were other heroes involved, but in my mind none of them stood as tall or as proudly as Superman. I began to wonder what I was doing in the same room as him, how little he must think of me. But Superman never treated me as anything but an equal. At six inches tall he made me feel like a giant. Now I had to be that giant for him."
―The Atom from Superman: Critical Condition

What can I say that those two quotes above from the Flash and Atom do not say? It may be hard but I will try.

I think the thing that most makes Superman so respected is the way he wields such unimaginable power. It is almost nonsensical to consider trying to jail or capture him for even were you to label him a vigilante like Batman how would you contain him? I honestly don't see Superman as the vigilante though. He seems more like the good Samaritan that is doing the right thing because he has the power and there is no one else there to do it.

With his amazing powers he could set himself up like a god on Earth if he wanted to. He could fly around the world and bust down walls and capture every criminal on Earth and put them all in a prison he built with his own hands. With his super strength and speed he could probably do that in just an hour at most. He doesn't, why doesn't he? He doesn't because Superman is a person of almost impossible moral character. He realizes that he needs to let us figure some things out for ourselves. He helps where he can and where our abilities limit what we can do. He wants to set an example but not to do it for us.

Superman is not Batman. He asks if he can help, he doesn't smash through windows uninvited unless there is a dire need and a pressing consequence for inaction. He works with the police, the governments and the people to not just fight crime but to inspire others to greater heights. Superman does charitable work, speaks at schools and fundraisers all over the world. He is the perfect model of a globally conscious citizen. He builds bridges both literally and figuratively all over the world. He brings food to starving people and water to parched fields. He uses his powers in so many ways than just to fight crime and ugliness. You might argue that Bruce uses his money to do the same thing and you would be right but nobody knows that and Bruce is often far detached from such efforts. Those things are done by others via the Wayne foundation and charitable trust. Batman's mask and his mission for justice is all consuming and an obsession, he doesn't have time to see to such things himself.

If there is a single reason that Superman is not respected it is also because of his power. Some people seem to think that it doesn't matter that he does good because with such power it is effortless for him to do so. What they don't realize is with such power it would be so much easier to be selfish. This is why Superman is so respected. Kryptonians are not automatically nice people. Superman was raised by human parents on a small farm far from the big city. He benefited from seeing what the best of humanity can be like. He knows he has power but he chooses to be Superman, he chooses to be better than just human. That he sets an example and is always conscious of what his actions will mean to future generations, this is what makes him so respected.

If you still need convincing about why people love and respect Superman then read this on Comics that say something.

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Posted on 3 October 2013

Which superhero is respected more, Superman or Batman? Why?

In the real world, people today seem to identify with, agree with, and sympathize with Batman more.

In the fictional DC universe, Superman is the clear favorite. Superman is seen as the American Boy Scout in the best sense of the words. He's kind, thoughtful, and polite, he's tall, dark, and handsome, he's the brave leader, and he's the most powerful of them all. If you disregard the powers, Superman is that guy in high school who led his football team to the state championships, got elected class president as a freshman, got straight A's effortlessly, volunteered at the cancer ward, befriended the class nerd, dated the prettiest girl, but took a shy social outcast to the prom.

Batman? He's feared, disliked, and distrusted even among his allies - tolerated only because without him none of them could ever come up with a coherent battle strategy and would get their asses kicked. He's the one who correctly points out that they're idiots, who makes them feel inferior and vulnerable and mortal, and who tells then he knows better (what's worse, he's almost always right about that). He is the one who said, "You can't be trusted, so not only am I telling you I can take you down, but I'm telling you I have a plan in place ready to do it at a moments notice. And there's nothing you can do about it, so just to be rude about it, let me also add, 'fuck you, you goat diddlers.'" The other heroes hate that Batman would sacrifice any of them without remorse if he thought it necessary, and that he'd do the same for himself. And they're also afraid that one day he's going to edge into madness and go too far; some probably think he already does that on a regular basis.

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Posted on 3 October 2013

Is Ben Affleck the right cast choice for Batman in the new Man of Steel?

I'm pretty intrigued and psyched. Frankly, I'm pretty bored with both Superman and Batman, and the last thing I'm interested in is a reboot with someone low-risk and boring (e.g., a la The Amazing Spider-Man).

This is a huge career moment for Ben Affleck and he has been killing it lately -- in Argo and The Town.

I like high risk decisions where people have a lot at stake.

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Posted on 29 August 2013

Why is Christian Bale (actor) being replaced by Ben Affleck (actor) as Batman in the upcoming Superman sequel?

Because Christian Bale's Batman is over

There are many takes on Batman. Christopher Nolan had Christian Bale portray Batman in a world like something out an American cop drama, except the protagonist and major villains are as durable as John McClane or a Schwarzeneggar hero. That trilogy has fully concluded to Nolan's satisfaction.

Because Nolan's Batman can't exist in a world with superhuman space aliens
now imagine Christian Bale in the Bat-spaceship

Nolan wrote a Batman trilogy in a world where people with actual superhuman powers don't exist. Fighting is done with bullets, punching, and explosions. Batman is pretty smart and has nifty gadgets, but he is not a super genius who can invent a Bat-suit that can rocket him through the vacuum of space, or a Bat-portal to another dimension.

Nolan's gritty 'realistic' Batman just wouldn't fit in the Man of Steel universe where some folks can fly, destroy a city on a whim, and even have super science for space travel. He would either have to break the consistancy of the universe he used to be in, or every other being would have to be heavily downgraded to not instantly vaporize him in a fight because of constant kryptonite shenanigans.

For a new take on Batman, you need a new face to be Batman. We'll see how Ben Afleck does.

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Posted on 22 August 2013

Why is Christian Bale (actor) being replaced by Ben Affleck (actor) as Batman in the upcoming Superman sequel?

Christian Bale has said numerous times that his story as Batman was completely told in Nolan's trilogy and it wouldn't make sense for him to play the role again.

"We were incredibly fortunate to get to make three [Batman films]. That’s enough. Let’s not get greedy," - to Entertainment Weekly

And he's right.  Nolan's story is nicely packaged and complete.  It would be a bad idea to do anything more with it.  The Man of Steel universe is a different universe, so it should have a different Batman.

As for why Affleck - go watch "The Town".

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Posted on 22 August 2013

How would you make The Dark Knight Rises if Heath Ledger was alive to play the Joker?

Gotham, with the "martyred death" of Harvey Dent (Who we all knew turned into and died as Two Face in The Dark Knight... a mistake in my eyes, as far as him dying, but we'll skip past that), is now a prosperous and much less crime ridden city, thanks especially in due part to new Commissioner Gordon. 

Batman is a wanted fugitive.  The Dark Knight to Dent's White Knight. 

Bruce Wayne has lead his company to an even greater success, yet when the business meetings are done and he returns home to his mansion, its clear that he's mourning the loss of Rachel Dawes. 

He wanders the endless halls and rooms of the mansion at night, unable to sleep.  Alfred watches from the wings, not able to do anything. 

Meanwhile, the trial for The Joker has been a dark fiasco.  Bruce watches the news footage.  After some failed and delayed trials, The Joker is now up for sentencing, having been convicted for numerous murders and mayhem (The events of The Dark Knight).  Of course, he pleads insanity.

We haven't seen his face yet.  As he walks up the courtroom stairs, he's covered by a jacket and flanked by S.W.A.T. team members, protecting him from the crowd.  We're briefly introduced to reporter Vicki Vale.  A beauty. 

"Joker, do you have anything to say to the people of Gotham?"

Joker stops, face still hidden, and eerily looks back at her until he's forced forward and into the courtroom.  She's chilled to the bone by the stare, but thrilled at the same time. 

When he's in the courtroom, we see nothing but those long, dirty locks of hair, dressed in an orange jump suit. 

Bruce watches as the judge asks The Joker, referred to as John Doe, whether he has anything to say for himself before sentencing is announced.  The Joker slowly arises, chains making him shuffle forward.  He stops at the microphone.  Breathing.  And then, we see a glimpse of his eyes as he begins to CACKLE manically!

He's taken from the courtroom, still laughing. 

His lawyer walks forward.  "Your honor, it's clear my client has not been fit for trial.  If fact, we don't even know his name.  He doesn't exist in the eyes of the law.  How can you sentence a... phantom?" 

The judge considers.  He looks to the back of the courtroom and sees Commissioner Gordon. 

"This, Joker, is hereby sentenced to life in the darkest of holes where he belongs.  Arkham Aslyum.  May he be locked up and forgotten as Gotham moves on."

Commissioner Gordon nods solemnly.  It's over.  Or is it...

The television turns off.  But we're not in Bruce's mansion anymore.  We're in a dark corner somewhere.  A place we don't want to be. 

A figure has been watching.  In this odd and dark room, we see that the dirty walls have endless scribbles on them, some carved by a sharp object, others written in black ink.  What we see most are odd and almost violently etched QUESTION MARKS amidst words upon words.  

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We then see film being developed.  Pictures of various people of Gotham.  We see Vicki Vale.  We see Commissioner Gordon.  And many others.  Newspaper clippings hang on the walls as well.  All covered in question marks.  Headlines about Batman.  One stands out most:  "Batman:  From Vigilante Hero to Gotham's Most Wanted".  Written by Vicki Vale, based on her ongoing news investigations.   

It's like a scene from Se7en.  Creepy. 

We're now in the Batcave.  Bruce Wayne sits, head down, gazing at the now relics of his The Dark Knight persona.

"It's over, sir.  Justice is served."

He looks back to see Alfred. 

"Justice?  I'm beginning to wonder if there is such a thing in Gotham." 

"Rachel... she'd want you to move on."


"Is that all, Alfred?" 

Tears in his eyes, Alfred replies, "You've carried enough death on your shoulders, Master Wayne.  They don't need your pain.  They don't want it.  They never did."

He walks away. 

Meanwhile, it's night in Gotham.  The bars are full of jovial Gotham citizens.  An attractive woman exits the bar. She walks into a dark alley.  Perhaps a little drunk.  She enters her car.  A dark figure in the backseat awaits, unbeknownst to her until his hand covers her face as she screams. 

We cut to later that night.  Commissioner Gordon appears at the crime scene.  The woman is murdered.  Question marks etched into her skin.  Her dead hand holds a black envelope. 

Gordon opens it.  Reads it.  It's a riddle.

From here on out, we see that Gotham's few years of peace are now gone.  The city has fallen victim to an apparent serial killer.  Many of the victims are public figures.  Lawyers.  Police officers.  Detectives.  Businessmen. 

The serial killer's MO is that he spends the night with the victim, waiting to see if they can answer a riddle.  If they can, they would be allowed to go free.  Thus far, no one has been able to answer any of the riddles. 

Vicki Vale, now investigating the case for her news coverage, coins the serial killer's moniker as The Riddler. 

Bruce Wayne follows the story.  He watches as Gotham now lives in a state of fear.  Businesses are hurting.  People aren't leaving their homes.  He's entranced by Vicki Vale, watching her image on the screen as she covers the story. 

Bruce begins to investigate.  Alfred watches as this tragedy has seemingly awakened Bruce from his mourning slumber. 

Bruce meets with Vicki Vale, slyly questioning her about the evidence on the crime scene (She has connections to Gordon).  He almost seduces her to get more details, but soon begins to fall in love with her.

Meanwhile, Lucius Fox arrives at his home one night, only to find a dark figure awaiting him in the shadows.  We reveal The Riddler.  He's a sick and demented killer, relishing in emotional torture.  He poses a riddle to Lucius.  Lucius, with an almost smile, gives him the correct answer. 

"But it doesn't matter, does it... Riddler?  You're going to kill me anyway." 

"I'm a man of my word, Mr. Fox.  You will live.  But you'll come so close to death." 

We cut to Bruce in bed with Vicki.  He gets a call.  An emergency one from Alfred. 

We cut to the hospital.  Bruce runs through the halls, desperate.  He arrives at Lucius Fox's room.  The police stop him at first, until they see who he is. 

Lucius is in a coma.  Tortured to within an inch of his life.  Bruce is distraught. He feels guilty.  If Batman would have never left, would this have happened? 

Commissioner Gordon sits at his desk at night.  Someone is in the shadows.  It's not The Riddler.  IT'S THE DARK KNIGHT himself. 

"Tell me everything." 

Gordon looks up, surprisingly not startled.  "What took you so long?" 

We learn more and more details.  The women victims all have the same initials.  RD.  We later learn that they are connected to Rachel Dawes. 

The male victims are authority figures.  Mostly men working within the law.  If not the law, they are prominent business figures.  Hence Lucius Fox. 

We hear more about the riddles that have been left with each victim.  Riddles leading to a bigger piece of the puzzle.

On the scene of the last murder, a Joker card was left behind.  Batman, infuriated, finally pays a visit to...

THE JOKER.  Arkham Asylum. 

Here we find out that The Joker himself has a connection to The Riddler.  And Batman must utilize Joker's knowledge to help solve the riddle.  THEY HAVE TO WORK TOGETHER. 

This would lead to some amazing exchanges between the two.  Batman needs him.  Bruce Wayne wants to kill him for what happened to Rachel, but he can't.  His character is truly tested. 

Is The Joker part of the killings?  What is The Riddler's motive?  How are they connected. 

I even toy with the idea that The Riddler gave The Joker his scars and that is why The Joker is helping Batman. 

"You know me, I enjoy a little chaos.  But even better is blood thirsty revenge.  You give me that, Bat, I'll give you The Riddler." 

But all is not as it seems.  The Joker has ulterior motives obviously.  He has a plan of his own.

While I don't know the details, everything would lead to a huge climax where The Joker would escape Arkham Asylum on a stormy night as Batman pursued The Riddler, whose latest victim, as Batman solves a riddle, will be Vicki Vale.

Batman can't fathom losing another person close to his heart. 

Perhaps he once again has to choose, only now it's whether to stop The Joker from escaping or stopping The Riddler from killing Vicki Vale.  He chooses Vale and ALMOST catches The Joker in the finale.  

In the end, it turns out that The Joker and The Riddler were working together the whole time.  The Riddler was one of his minions, a crazy f*** that The Joker knew he could use to draw Batman back out into Gotham city.  For who is The Joker without his arch nemesis in Batman. 

The Joker, using The Riddler, brought chaos back to the streets of Gotham.  As Batman defeats The Riddler, The Joker actually goes to Vicki Vale, who clearly is not having a good night after barely losing her life to The Riddler before Batman showed up, is now faced against The Joker.  But she learns that she will live, as long as she shares a message to Gotham. 

On camera, broadcast live, The Joker returns to the limelight, ending his broadcast with, "... I call out to the scum of the world.  My chums.  It's open house here in Gotham once again!  And allow me to put a pretty price on head of one of its most loyal citizens.  The Batman himself.  Bring me his head and I will bring you more than you could ever hope for.  Yes, good ole money.  A mountain of it!"  HIS MANIC CACKLES ECHO UNTIL THE BROADCAST ENDS...

Bruce and Vicki are reunited.  Her stance on Batman has changed for obvious reasons. 

The Riddler is dead. 

Batman, discovering that The Joker had deceived him, tried to keep him from escaping, however Joker's gang helped him do so, leading to the surprise broadcast and leaving Vicki Vale shaken.  But Batman/Bruce, just when he thought that he had lost another love, discovered Vale alive and well.  The Joker used her as a messenger. 

Bruce goes to visit Lucius Fox, who is awakened from his coma.  He's watching the reply of The Joker's broadcast, calling out to any and all criminals and scum to wreak havoc on Gotham and seek the head of Batman. 

Lucius looks to him and smiles.

"Looks like we've got some work to do." 

As the movie closes, we see that The Joker is skipping town for a bit, hoping to come back to Gotham as bad as it ever has been.  As he's driven by one of his gang members, they ask, "Where to then boss?" 

The Joker devilishly thinks and smiles.  "I hear Metropolis is a booming town.  Let's have a little fun."  His cackles echo into the night as they drive away from Gotham. 

This alternative universe sequel would take tones and themes from Se7en, Silence of the Lambs (With The Joker in the Hannibal role), etc. 

It would be more hard edged.  There'd be action for sure, but this would be a great detective story for Batman.  And having Batman and The Joker working together for a spell would be VERY enthralling.  The constant games.  The not knowing if The Joker was playing him or not.  Seeing The Joker apparently out for his own revenge.  Showcasing The Riddler as a cold-blooded psycho serial killer. 

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Posted on 19 May 2013

Was the Joker ever sane?

The Joker is not insane. He has always been sane.

But he doesn't seem sane, you ask?

That is because he doesn't want to seem sane. He is different. He doesn't want to be "normal" like us. The funny clothes he wears and the crazy stuff he does is a way of ridiculing us. The Joker is the darkest form of sarcasm you will ever witness.

Everything we stand for, all our objectives and aims in life are too narrow for him and he is above and beyond all that. And these quotes totally substantiate my claim:
  • “It’s not about the money, it’s about sending a message. Everything burns!”
  • “I’m like a dog chasing cars, I wouldn’t know what to do if I caught one, you know, I just do…things.”
  • “Let’s put a smile on that face!”
  • “Those mob fools want you gone. So they can get back to the way  things were. But I know the truth, there’s no going back. You’ve changed  things…forever.”
  • “And I thought my jokes were bad.”

One of the major things that categorize an insane person as insane is his lack of logic. Lack of the ability to analyze things properly. But look at his logic. I don't know why but his dialogues just ring that bell. They have that most beautifully obvious logic working behind:

Do you want to know why I use a knife? You see, guns are too quick. You  can’t savor all of the little…emotions. In their last moments, people  show you who they really are. So in a way…I knew your friends better  than you ever did. Would you like to know which of them were cowards?”

And he loves physics. No seriously:

  • “I took Gotham's white knight and I brought him down to our level.  Madness, as you know, is a lot like gravity, all it takes is a little  push.
  • “You… you just couldn’t let me go could you? This is what happens when  an unstoppable force meets an immovable object. You are truly incorruptible aren’t you. You won’t kill me because of some misplaced  sense of self-righteousness. And I won’t kill you because…you’re just too much fun. I get the feeling that you and I are destined to do this forever.”

This is kind of unrelated but here is my favorite Joker quote:

“Introduce a little anarchy, upset the established order, and everything  becomes chaos, I’m an agent of chaos , and you know the thing about  chaos? It’s fair.”

Still think he is insane?

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Posted on 18 May 2013

Who would win in a fight between Tyler Durden and the Joker? Why?

In a pure "fight" situation, meaning a physical altercation between them as-is without their minions or advance trick planning etc, I don't think it would be a hard battle to predict -- Tyler Durden would win.

We're using the film incarnations, as the question details say. So, Tyler was presented as clearly a man who didn't give up and could endure brutal abuse, damage, and pain while still fighting back and staying on his feet. His fighting skills improved dramatically over time, and by the end of the film he was able to shoot himself in the face and walk away from it.

The Joker is mentally tough, but physically he wasn't particularly challenging. He relied on props, weapons, and helpers (minions or dogs etc) to weaken or distract his opponents, and he relied on advance planning. In a regular fight, which I think this question is talking about, the Joker wouldn't last long physically. True, he might laugh while Tyler punches him and say, "You have nothing... nothing to threaten me with..." except that Tyler DOES have something to threaten him with in this specific situation -- his strength and fighting skill, since the contest is merely one of physicality. If Tyler kicks the Joker's butt and the Joker can't fight back anymore, it doesn't matter if the Joker thinks it's funny or not, Tyler still won the fight.

Now, if we alter the expectations and say "they are their on-screen personas, and that includes weapons and advance planning," then it's a bit harder to predict. Both men might arrange strange bombings and traps for one another, and both men could bring weapons. If we released Tyler and the Joker into the city and told them to go find and beat one another, and they had a few minions with them, who would come out on top then?

Probably Tyler again. Why? Because the Joker would be making his plans unaware that some of his own men are going to sabotage his efforts, because they're secretly members of a club that they can't talk about...

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Posted on 5 April 2013

What do die hard Batman comic devotees think of the Dark Knight Trilogy?

Been a Batman fan since forever.

First off, why do people think that the character John Blake, played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt is Robin? John Blake IS NOT Robin. His actual name is Robin and he takes the mantle of the bat at the end of the film. John Blake is just a nod to the character and fans who know more about the supporting characters in the Batman universe. He's an original Nolan creation in that mould. Why would Robin's real name be Robin, anyway?

Now that that's clear, I'll go through what makes the trilogy so special.

The Universe:

Batman's world is dark. Always has been. So when you approach Batman I personally think that above all, you need to get the darkness spot on. When you miss that, you lose the essence of a what makes the character thrive. Joel Schumacher got this wrong. His films were a kind of mutated version of the camp 60s television series and completely failed on what Batman should be and every level after that, especially in terms of deep characters turning into ridiculous caricatures of even their most eccentric incarnations. I really enjoyed Burton's films because he got the darkness right. To do this, he went to gothic route. The mood was both wonderful and faithful although in the end, his creativity overshadowed his character development and story.

Nolan took the realistic route to darkness. His darkness was a gritty kind, and this both caught elements of the mood given off in the comics and enabled him to go his own route creatively. It's always difficult to please fans, and adaptations always run the risk of alienating fans by pulling too far away from the source material, but what I absolutely love about the trilogy is that Nolan pays homage so well, while creating his own original take on the character.

Let me break down the graphic novels that lend themselves so well to the three films. Honestly, when you read these books the connections are clear.

Batman Begins (2005)

Drew inspiration from

Batman: Year One (1987)

The Dark Knight (2008)

Drew inspiration from

Batman: The Long Halloween (1996)


Batman: The Killing Joke (1988)

The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

Drew inspiration from

Batman: The Dark Knight Returns (1986)


Batman: Knightfall (1993)

Adaptations need not be like for like, in fact, when they try to be too similar, they often go wrong and miss the point, but adaptations that are creative in their own right and pay homage to the source material can't be begrudged. This is something Nolan got right.


Nolan managed to do this well for the most part. His casting was great overall and his characters were both realistic and faithful in my opinion. I won't mention them all, but I'll go over some of the good, the bad and okay.

The Good

Jim Gordon/Gary Oldman:
Easily the best character throughout the three films. Easily. And I'm saying that as a film fan and a comic book fan. Gary Oldman is incredible, not only for his acting ability, but the way he plays Jim Gordon to absolute perfection. His character develops and progresses the most throughout the trilogy, and the nuances of his relationship with Batman are wonderfully captured, going from distrust, into that unique friendship they share. He captures the resourcefulness of Gordon, the dedication to his job, (even at the cost of his family), and his commitment to the city even at great moral strife. Overshadowed by Heath in The Dark Knight understandably, but if we're talking all three films? Easily my pick for best character. 

The Joker/Heath Ledger:
Now at the risk of being labelled biased, I'm going to go ahead and say that The Joker is the greatest comic book hero villain there is. It was always going to take something incredible to pull that character off, but not only because of what the character is to fans of the comics (and the animated series I might add), but also because of the world Nolan had now created and established with Batman Begins. It could have gone horribly wrong. Instead what we got was one of the greatest performances I have ever seen. I've watched various Joker scenes repeatedly and I'm awed every time. Heath Ledger's portrayal was his own. He went away and made it something else. I can't even do it justice by trying to explain how brilliant it was, but as a fan I couldn't have been happier. He captured the deadly ruthlessness of the Joker and executed it with aplomb.

Alfred Pennyworth/Michael Caine:
Nolan really explored the dynamics of the relationship between Bruce and Alfred, more so than I expected. In every film Alfred acts as a crutch and a real father figure for Bruce, enabling him to push on in one way or another and The Dark Knight Rises, highlighted correctly how difficult it was for him to abandon Bruce. He makes tough decisions throughout the trilogy all of them in the desire to do what is best for Bruce Wayne. I enjoyed this quite a bit. He was also a source of light relief at times. You really can't hate Alfred.

The Bad

Rachel Dawes/Katie Holmes/Maggie Gyllenhaal:
I get why she was thrown in there, I do. Really. Bruce needs someone to love I guess and that's all fine and dandy, but does his love interest have to be so annoying? You're supposed to root for the love interest to get with the hero but not in this case it seems. She was a liability. Her over eagerness getting her almost killed in the first film and naivety getting her actually killed in the second. I'm not sure what it was, but her existence was completely unimportant to me, so much so, that I didn't even care when she died. Sure, Bruce was beaten up about it, but who else really gave a damn?

Ra's al Ghul/Liam Neeson:
Ra's is Batman's greatest enemy after The Joker and I simply didn't feel the sense of power and control I felt I should have from the character, not to mention the fact that Ra's doesn't really ever die. For a moment I hoped the hallucination in The Dark Knight Rises was an indication of a later return, alas it wasn't to be. I just feel the character wasn't done justice in his portrayal.

The Okay

Bane/Tom Hardy:
I was very happy to see Bane portrayed without any reference to venom whatsoever. That would have been upsetting. What bothered me is the fact that despite everything he seemed to have masterminded in the film, he was whittled down to nothing more than a pawn acting out of love for Talia. This was disappointing because Bane is actually one of Batman's more intelligent foes and I was hoping that would be given some limelight as he is supposed to be physically superior and mentally on par. This however I can forgive because Bane was just so cool. The whole voice distorter thing just oozes coolness. Imagine Bane having a debate with Darth Vader? Someone needs to make that happen.

Batman/Christian Bale:
Close, but not quite there yet. These are films about Batman, and in the comics Batman and Bruce Wayne and the psyche behind that character's torment is as vast as it is intriguing, but this hasn't been captured well enough on film yet. Bale is easily the best man to don the cowl on film to date, but after the first film all the development takes a back seat, and in the third it isn't given enough room to breathe. It's like Nolan tried to fit in two films worth of character development into The Dark Knight Rises because he missed it in The Dark Knight. References to his parents should have been made again in the two latter films I think. Not too much or too often, but just enough to remind us that the films are really about Batman and nobody else. Also, it's been said, but I must echo it because it is true: Batman is the World's Greatest Detective. He's an immensely dangerous and calculated man with an intellect well past genius. This needed to be explicitly displayed. Even in minor observations with the people he had conversations with. There are displays of Batman's intellect in The Dark Knight where The Joker leaves clues indicating who he plans to kill next, with Batman tracing bullet casings and trajectories etc. but I also wanted more direct off-the-cuff references to the fact that Batman is extremely intelligent.

Overall I think the trilogy is superb. In fact it's comfortably the greatest superhero trilogy to date and The Dark Knight is the greatest superhero film to date. Christopher and Jonathan Nolan managed to create a unique world, affording themselves total freedom, but at the same time, they expertly paid homage to many definitive works in the Batman universe.

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Posted on 2 April 2013

Why did Heath Ledger's Joker never fix his scars?

A few reasons.

First and probably most important, the Joker seems to relish his own nihilistic nature and doesn't perceive the scars as something that needs to be fixed, but rather a basic reflection of who he is. They are part of his past, whatever the past held that shaped him into the man he is today. He'd no more want to fix those scars, than he'd want to fix the scars on his psyche. He embraces them, and has adapted them into his persona. This is not to suggest that scars inherently are part of a scarred psyche or nihilistic in nature, but rather that for the Joker himself the scars represent such things and his own willingness to keep them is probably partially -- indeed, I'd say primarily -- driven by such perspectives.

Second of all, I doubt he really cares one way or the other. I think that while the Joker's tales of how he got the scars were all fictions, some elements of truth sneaked into those tellings, and one such truth is when he said he (supposedly) wanted his wife to know he did care about her scars. I don't believe the scarring was the cause of his insanity, I think that however the scars happened they were merely part of the larger context, environment, and lifetime of events that shaped and formed the Joker into the psychotic, cruel terrorist (and while that's an overused term, for him it definitely applies, in light of his motives and methods) he eventually became. I think that he was probably already slightly bent by the time he was scarred, and I believe that by that point in time he really couldn't care less if he had scars or not.

Further, I think that if as I suspect he was already mentally warped and on his way to psychosis by the time the scars happened, then the appearance of his face after the scars probably fit his self-image and his desire to project fear into other people. And it probably in fact amused him, not just the scars themselves (since this is a character who is able to laugh and shrug off even the failure of his own plans anyway, amused at the situation he finds himself in) but also the way the scars make other people react to him.

If he was scarred as a child, then we're talking about something that happened to him back in the 1980s, and medical treatment wouldn't have been as good back then. And (if hypothetically it was an accident that his family wanted to fix) his parents might not have been able to afford to fix it, anyway. And how old would he be by the time he was able to afford to pay for corrective surgery himself -- even if he started doing heists etc as a teenager, he'd have had the scars a long time before he had money to pay a doctor, and this would've been in the early or mid-1990s, so again the quality of treatment would be questionable, especially on wounds so old.

But if, as I'm more inclined to believe, the scars took place after he'd already had a life that bent and twisted him into an immoral person on the path to psychopathy, and if the scars were in fact due to some events in his criminal lifestyle, that would explain how intense and less healed the scars look, why they are so deep-set in his face, and why he might embrace them (or even have done it to himself) as a reflection of his inner scars and his sense of humor focused on pain and suffering.

The Joker was apparently already a criminal and a psychotic before he became the Joker. He mentions that if Batman were gone, he'd have to return to just ripping off mobsters. Remember, too, that he transformed into the Joker within a short period of time after Batman first appeared in Gotham (looking at the events transpiring in Batman Begins, Batman's first appearance is involvement in the main plot, and it appears to be just a matter of perhaps weeks or a few months at most from the time he shows up to the climactic events -- and the Joker commits murders and leaves his playing card at the scene shortly thereafter, in that film's denouement.

The point is, if he was already a dangerous criminal willing to rob mobsters before Batman showed up, and quickly turned to painting his face and murdering people for fun a few months later, then he was a very sick individual for a while before turning into the Joker. Seeing himself scarred probably served merely to intensify his sense of self as an agent of chaos increasingly taking the form of whatever he was destined to become.

*Taking this opportunity to mention something that I think is important to think about -- I have to say that I love these films, I love the portrayals, and yet I am also bothered by the constant implication that scars on the outside mean something villainous lurks on the inside. The message that scars are "ugly" and that it reflects "ugliness on the inside" is frankly a terrible sentiment and one we shouldn't be reinforcing with our stories in comics and film. I realize how obvious is the symbolism of the scars for Two-Face, for example, and the idea of using external projections of internal nature, but frankly it's also lazy and insulting, and I wish sci-fi, fantasy, and superhero films would stop constantly reinforcing these terrible messages that people who look different or damaged are scary or distrustful or evil.

This issue makes me think of these real life situations...

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Posted on 14 March 2013

Why did Heath Ledger's Joker never fix his scars?

Because that wouldn't be a fitting nemesis for Batman. A guy who got plastic surgery to fix his scars to conform to society's standard of beauty or normal is no Joker. This Joker is all about chaos.

Everyone knows, well mostly everyone, the origin story of Batman. A child of the two most powerful people of Gotham, who's status topping parents were killed in front of him by the lowest of society after leaving the opera. And subsequently as an adult Batman devotes his time to curbing the lawless that escape the grasp of the police; he devotes his time to order.

This Joker however, is the complete opposite of Batman. Batman has an almost iconic origin story, while this Joker has none to explain anything about him. Even what should be the most identifiable thing about him, the thing that should have an obvious story, his scars, every time the Joker talks about them the story behind them changes. The Joker is even more effective without a distinct origin. He is the perfect nemesis rising from a sea of chaos. He comes to Gotham to bring chaos, as Batman is striving to bring order and justice.

He is the yin to Batman's yang. Even the Joker says that he was going to kill him, but it was too much fun and that he knew that Batman couldn't kill him either. That they can't live without each other. Even Alfred stated that just by Batman stepping up and fighting crime in the way he does someone like the Joker is inevitable, no special background story needed. If you build it they will come. The only story that is necessary to explain the Joker is because Batman is there. Play ball.

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Posted on 9 March 2013

Which actor has given us the definitive Joker?

It's important to remember that over time, the Joker in the comics has changed dramatically, and the live-action portrayals have generally reflected the primary comic book incarnation of their particular time. The Joker has been the scary madman, the perpetually laughing prankster who wasn't as homicidal, the laughing delusional clown who is also homicidal, and so on.

I love Romero's portrayal, because I grew up with the TV show and to this day I do love it despite how campy it is and how much it is the opposite of the Batman tone I prefer (but it's undeniably faithful to the comics, which went through a sadly long period of camp and cheese).

And I also love Nicholson's portrayal, and feel it's one of his best performances. It's a classic 1970's Steve Englehart Joker (I've always thought it seemed more inspired by Englehart than O'Neil, personally, although of course both are of the same period and have similarities for sure). It's a transition from the laughing pure prankster from the comics era that influenced Romero's role, but not quite into the full-on demonic, creepy Joker that came shortly thereafter in the comics.

HOWEVER, here is where I think the choice of the definitive Joker arises -- the later demonic, creepy Joker that arose in the late 1980s and through the 1990s to dominate the modern portrayals in comics and film, was not some unique and original transformation. This was, rather, a return to his earliest incarnation, a revival of the character who laughed far less frequently and who behaved far more sadistically and overtly evil. The Joker of the modern comics is rooted in the first appearance but of course with modern inspiration to the understanding of his insanity.

So it is that when Heath Ledger took the stage as the Joker, he was embodying a character that reflected both the new era AND the foundations of the character. He was as much an adaptation of the very first Joker appearance as he was a portrayal of modern incarnations. Ledger incorporated some of the randomness and faux-charming wit into the portrayal to boot, evolving it to fit comfortably within his dark and modernized performance.

As such, I think Ledger tapped into the essence of the character that existed at his formation, a defining nature that is the primary element surging or decreasing over the decades to alter his different incarnations in the comics, and which rose again to popularity for the past roughly 25 years. It is at once modern and foundational, new and classic. And it happens to be the greatest mixture, a perfect distillation of what makes the character so great and enduring.

Heath Ledger gave us the definitive Joker in live-action. Perhaps some other actor will come along in the future and deliver a performance that surpasses what Ledger conjured up, but for now and the foreseeable future, it can only be Ledger.

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Posted on 18 October 2012

Who would win in a fight between Darth Vader and Batman?

I know what you're thinking: force choke = lights out, right?


Answer 1. Batarangs buy time

Vader counters with a mind trick...

Answer 2. Even Bruce Wayne has dealt with worse and overcome it.

Darth ignites his lightsaber...

Step 3. Yah, like Batman has never dealt with a guy with fancy technology before. The hard part is just not killing Vader outright by disabling his life support.

Let's say Vader can even use force lighting or a similar dark-side energy attack...

Step 4. Dude...

Batman wins.

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Posted on 13 August 2012

In what ways could the the Dark Knight Rises be considered flawed?

The biggest flaw for me was the part where the movie made no sense whatsoever.

- spoilers -

  • Nuclear reactors aren't that small and portable, they're usually entire buildings.
  • Even if the reactor could set off 6 miles away from Gotham in the ocean, the subsequent tidal wave would wipe out the city.
  • Bruce could not have risen out of the prison by having his vertebrae miraculously realigned by hand, hanging by a rope for a couple days, and then doing some pushups, given how severely injured his body would be after his fight with Bane.
  • If Bane wanted to ensure that the prophecy would be fulfilled, why wouldn't he kill Bruce instead of dump him in a prison that he probably wouldn't get out of (but obviously did)?
  • If Bruce spent 7 years in reclusion because he had no reason to live after Rachel's death, why did he so easily fall in love with Miranda and Selina?
  • How did the police officers come out of Gotham's tunnels after three months of drinking soup in the dark, with freshly pressed suits and healthy and strong enough to sprint across the city?
  • How are standard city police officers so well-trained in hand to hand combat?
  • Why on earth was Alfred hoping to see Bruce every day for years in an obscure restaurant in Florence, with no justification as to why Bruce would be in Florence of all places in the world, or even dining at that particular restaurant at that particular time?

It was hard for me to suspend my disbelief when there were so many illogical events in the movie. The Occupy "give back the city to the people" stuff was also frustrating.

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Posted on 22 July 2012

In what ways could the the Dark Knight Rises be considered flawed?

Here is what i did not like. (possible SPOILERS)
  • Bane's voice was distracting and sorta ruined the character
  • I did not understand what was going on. lol. Maybe i just need to pay better attention but i felt the plot line was a bit confusing.
  • This movie depended too much on the previous films. The Dark Knight was a movie that could have been watched even without seeing the original. I felt the plot did not make as much sense to me because I could not recall much from the first film.
  • Miranda Tate as a love interest was a pointless plot-line.
  • Catwoman and Batman...though likable, it felt it was more like lust.
  • Miranda Tate's death seemed very forced.
  • Bane did not mind-fuck or push Batman mentally enough. (This comes from high expectations from Joker) Miranda Tate did not get that much time to be evil. Boring villains in my opinion.
  • Cops suck. it just irritates me how incompetent they are.
  • In all, I think all the character were not given enough depth, complexity, or emotions. I felt most of the characters did not felt like they were being push and bent towards their limits. I honestly did not care for most of the victims like i did in The Dark Knight.
Sorry, this is very messy. It was more like word vomit since everything is rushing through my head.

My dislikes may have just came from high expectations. I did think it was a solid action/ superhero movie. It was great. This conclusion to the trilogy and legend did not disappoint. I love Joseph Gordon-Levitt. I believe he was the real star of the movie and made his character the true hero of the movie.

I probably need to re-see this film.

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Posted on 22 July 2012

Who would win in a fight between Superman and Batman?

This was a question someone asked Man of Steel director Zack Snyder.  It came up because The Dark Knight Rises director Christopher Nolan also developed and produced Man of Steel before handing it over to Snyder.  Snyder's reply  was simple, "Batman is literally awesome, but really?  Come on!"  Hence, the obvious answer to this question is Superman. 

But I think there's needs to be a context to it.  So if we had Batman and Superman, mano-a-mano, either in the streets of Gotham or Metropolis, hands down, Superman could likely beat Batman in one punch or one beam from his eyes.  Yes, this is true.

Let's have a little fun with it though.  How could Batman prevail?  Is it possible, while yes, considering the fact that they are both fictional characters? 

Here's a possible scenario:

Gotham has fallen.  In the years following the events of The Dark Knight Rises, the city, left with a ray of hope (I'm assuming that's how TDKR ends), falls into economic turmoil over the destruction that ensued by the evil Bane and his cohorts.  Picture Gotham as the recent reality of Detroit.  Businesses gone.  Empty buildings.  Population dwindling.  A mere shadow of what it once was.     

Bruce Wayne has moved his company elsewhere, where it has flourished more than it ever has. 

But one day, he receives word of a fallen Gotham friend.  Depending upon what happens in TDKR, let's say it is Commissioner Gordon.  He has been assassinated.  The two have been estranged.  In my mind, Gordon knows that Bruce is Batman.  Whether this has been explored in comics or the upcoming feature, I'm not sure.  Gordon never forgave Bruce for leaving Gotham.  Sadly, Bruce had no choice.  There was almost nothing to defend or avenge anymore.  Wayne Enterprises could no longer flourish as well.  So he hung up his cowl and moved onto a life free from fighting crime.

But his friend is now gone. 

Bruce returns to the nightscape of Gotham, appalled by the place it has become, a virtual breeding ground for the criminal minds and the criminally insane.  Arkham Asylum is now The Joker's palace of sorts. 

Bruce (We'll refer to him as Batman from now on) has no interest in starting another war on crime though.  He's here to solve a mystery.  Who killed his dear friend? 

Back in Metropolis, the city is flourishing like it never has before.  Crime is virtually non-existent thanks to Superman, and possibly the involvement of his Justice League. 

Lex Luthor is in prison.  All of Superman's foes thus far have been killed or banished.  His Clark Kent persona is married to the love of his life, Lois Lane.  It's clear that both are yearning for the adventure and danger of yesteryear, but they're happy. 

Lois Lane, the eager reporter she is, has her attention fall to stories outside of Metropolis, namely the smoldering city of Gotham.  The cry from the media nationwide is, "Where is Batman?"  "Is Batman Dead?"  "Will Gotham ever dig itself from the ashes?" 

Louis has found her story.  She is going to find out Batman's true fate.  Superman, having now put more focus on international and interstellar matters, due to the crime free Metropolis, doesn't notice when Louis leaves for Gotham. 

Back in Gotham, Batman walks the dark alleys, slowly solving the mystery of who killed Gordon.  He doesn't utilize his armored vehicles of yesteryear.  He's avoiding any type of public presence.  His rage is elevated however, and because he wants to avoid being seen, thus drawing attention to the media, but especially drawing attention from the likes of The Joker and his cohorts, he has crossed the line.  He doesn't hesitate to kill his crime victims as he uncovers the truth behind Gordon's death.  He's out for vengeance. 

Louis has arrived in Gotham.  She hunts down her story well, all while facing the dangerous streets of this crime ridden city.  Her hunt finally leads her to Batman, who reluctantly saves her from some street thugs. 

As they flee The Joker's foot soldiers, they retreat to the old Wayne Mansion.  There's a strange attraction between them.  Louis loves Superman/Clark, but every woman loves a bad boy, and Batman is just that.  The antithesis of her boyscout husband.

Back in Metropolis, Superman learns that Louis has ventured to Gotham, which in his eyes is a virtual war zone.  The city has always been overlooked by Superman and his Justice League.  No different than we overlook the likes of the genocide in Africa.  Authorities and the Justice League have always had the stance that as long as Gotham's worst stayed within the limits of Gotham, all was well.  There was really no once else to protect. 

But now his wife was missing.  He knows where she is.  Reports of Batman's return have now gone viral.  The criminals of Gotham have turned to the media, declaring that Batman has returned but is unjustly going on a murder spree. 

Superman arrives in Gotham, landing in a bent pose in the middle of a crime war zone.  He's met with resistance at first, easily fighting off those who try to harm him.  The criminals now make way for the Kryptonian as he searches for his wife. 

Batman and Louis remain in the mansion.  He confides in her and reveals the somewhat ancient Batcave, complete with all of his old "toys".  She eats it up, now knowing that her story about Gotham has turned into a profile of The Dark Knight. 

She helps him uncover the mystery behind Gordon's death.  When a certain detail is revealed, Batman loses control and continues his relentless killing spree until...

Superman arrives.  The fight is quick, and brutal for Batman, as Superman stops his vengeful quest.  Batman disappears into the night, knowing he can't beat Superman like this. 

Superman has now taken it upon himself to clean up Gotham, finally seeing the error of his ways in avoiding this doomed city.  The Justice League is busy with interstellar matters, although maybe we see some cameos here and there.  So it's up to Superman to prevail. 

Meanwhile, Batman must find a way to avenge Gordon's death. He begins to investigate the history of Superman and soon learns that the only thing to get him on an even playing field with Superman is to utilize the only thing that can harm him... yes, kryptonite. 

But where can he find it? 

Deep within the solitary confinement of the Metropolis prison lies Lex Luthor.  Times have not been good for him.  He's rotting away in a cell.  One night, a voice comes from the shadows.  "Luthor."  Lex looks up to see Batman step out of the shadows.  Batman needs his help.  He needs kryptonite.  Lex tries to bargin for his release, but Batman will have nothing of it.  Lex finally decides that as long as Batman will finally defeat Superman, if not for just one battle, it will all be worth it.  He sends Batman on his way with the secret location of his last tiny piece of Kryptonite, thought to be the only remaining sample of its kind, having been eradicated by the Justice League.

Meanwhile, The Joker has grown tired of Superman's new quest to clean the streets of Gotham from crime.  He receives a call from... Lex Luthor.  Lex has somehow managed to make the call from prison, telling The Joker that help is on its way.  Lex tells The Joker that if Superman is defeated, he will open the doors to a new "playground" for the Joker in Metropolis, as long as The Joker breaks him out of prison after Superman's defeat.

Louis is now back in Metropolis, sent back by Superman.  Batman pays her a visit in the night.  She's faithful to her husband, but is still intrigued with The Dark Knight.  It's clear that he has an attraction though.  He wants to tell her that what he is about to do is something he can't stop.  He's avenging not only his friend, but his city.  "The people of Gotham deserve a little hope."  Before she can ask for more details, he disappears.  Louis, ofcourse, fears for her husband and heads back to Gotham unbeknownst to him.     

Batman returns to Gotham and continues his final investigation to avenge Gordon.  When Superman tries to stop him, Batman unveils the small sample of Kryptonite.  It's not enough to fully take Superman down, but it is enough to even the playing field somewhat, which leads to an epic battle between the two as The Joker watches on with glee, towering above them at Arkham Asylum, waiting to make his move. 

Superman can no longer fly, but he can leap some bounds.  His strength is evident over Batman, but diminished compared to how he normally is.  The breath and the rays from his eyes don't work. 

Louis approaches the city, but is quickly abducted by The Joker's henchmen.  Superman hears her scream barely, amidst the epic battle between he and Batman.  He struggles to fly, but can't.  He confides in Batman.  They now have a common interest, Louis. 

This leads to a siege of Arkham Asylum.  Together, Batman and Superman must work their way through the labyrinth of Joker's palace.  Even though Batman has secured the kryptonite safely, it will take some time for Superman's powers to return to their full potential.

Needless to say, they defy the odds and rescue Louis.  The Joker barely escapes after battling both Batman and Superman in his own crazy way. 

They exit the Asylum as the sun rises.  In the distance, various members of the Justice League arrive, ready to clean the streets of Gotham and bring the city back to its glory days. 

In the coming days, Bruce Wayne announces to the city that he and his Wayne Enterprises have returned, ready to help rebuild.  Louis is in the crowd of reporters as they share a glance. 

Back in the Metropolis prison, Lex mourns the loss of Superman's possible demise.  But a voice once again appears from the shadows.  "So baldy, you've got the keys to the city, eh?"  Lex looks up to see the manic clown face of The Joker.  Joker smiles that devlish smile, "Joker wants to play."  Lex smiles and Joker's manic cackle of a laugh echoes the stone halls. 

So that's my take.  Had no clue this would run this long.  Regardless, to answer the question directly, either one of them could win in a fight, given the right consequences and/or context.

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Posted on 16 July 2012

Who would win in a fight between Superman and Batman?

Despite being best buds, they sure do fight a lot. And most of the time, Batman wins.

Why? Because Superman is usually under mind-control or being manipulated somehow and Batman is called upon to neutralize big blue. Even Superman realizes his power could be disastrous if misused and so the only being in the galaxy he entrusts with Kryptonite is Batman:

To be fair, the above scenario plays out most of the time because Batman is usually prepared. He has standard operating procedures dedicated to taking Superman (and every other hero) down if the need arises (I'm not kidding--this paranoia and obssessive planning was actually the source of an interesting storyline).

However, if Batman does not have the warning needed to bust out the aforementioned anti-Kryptonian gear, then yes, Superman would crush the human:

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Posted on 16 July 2012

I want to start reading Batman comic books, where should I start?

There are currently fourteen comic books about Batman, Gotham, and Batman's subordinates/family members in print today. If you want to read good Batman stories that don't require "catching up" with a year or more of comics, I'd suggest staying away from the comic issues that are currently in print and reading some of the older classics of the Batman corner of the DC universe.

Begin by reading Batman: Year One, written by Frank Miller. It's an influential "reboot" of the story that took us back to Batman's roots and the story of the first year he spent under the cowl. It influenced the movie Batman Begins. It was recently published in some kind of "super edition" or collector's edition or something-- so you can probably find it at your local comic book shop on the rack of recent hardcover releases.

Next, read The Long Halloween, by Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale. It is my favorite Batman story and it has earned classic status. It is a superb mystery, has fantastic art, and takes us back to Gotham "before it got crazy"-- most of the enemies are gangsters, not supervillains. It also influenced Batman Begins. Follow it up with its sequel, Dark Victory, which is also pretty good.

Once you've read these, it's time to read a crazier take on the Batman universe-- Gotham by Gaslight, which asks the question, "what if Bruce Wayne lived during the Victorian era, and Batman had to solve the Jack the Ripper mystery?" It is illustrated by MIKE MIGNOLA, the artist behind Hellboy, who is my favorite living comics creator. It's wonderfully atmospheric and is a good (very quick) read.

Next, get a little more bizarre and read The Dark Knight Returns, Frank Miller's incredibly famous take on Batman-as-old-man. It is, rightly so, considered one of Frank Miller's best works, and one of the best superhero graphic novels ever, period.

Finally, finish up with The Killing Joke, Alan Moore's famous Batman story, which pits Batman against the Joker and his extreme sadism. It's also short. It's not one of my favorite stories, but many people adore it, and it's certainly a classic. It features Commissioner Gordon and his family. It's one of the best depictions of Batman's bizarre relationship with the Joker.

Edit: I can't believe no one called me out about including Morrison's Arkham Asylum! (And I can't believe I forgot about it last night!)

This is Grant Morrison and Dave McKean's Batman magnum opus-- a baffling, terrifying, thematically-dense exploration of madness. Depending on your temperament, this may or may not be a good book to read in your first pass on Batman books. I read it very early in my exploration of comic books and I LOVED it because it was so goddamn wild, but if this isn't your thing:

...then you should probably save this book for later-on in your Batman-reading career. Be advised, though: it's very very very very very good. So you should definitely give it a shot.

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Posted on 9 July 2012

Which actor has given us the definitive Joker?

Every one of these portrayals has great advantages, but I don't think it is possible to call one definitive.

Cesar Romero introduced the character to generations, and with his greasepainted mustache and overblown delivery redefined the character in the comics also (as many actors did each bat-time on each bat-channel).

Jack Nicholson redefined the character on screen as a truly dangerous madman, bringing out the murderer the Joker of the comics had become, as opposed to the essentially harmless crook/trickster of the Romero era. It was through the Joker that the darkness of Burton's Batman was expressed, in fact. Micheal Keaton, as good an actor as he is, couldn't express much in his molded-rubber-stiff batsuit.

Mark Hamill has been exploring the character longer than any other actor, and also has participated in the introduction of Harley Quinn, whose interactions with "Mister J" gave us the best glimpse yet on screen of what the Joker is really like, rather than just what he prefers his opponents see. You get glimpses of the domestic Joker in Hamill's performances, which we see nowhere else.

Heath Ledger gave my favorite portrayal of the Joker, and the one I found closest to my understanding of the character. The past and future do not matter to this Joker, because they are always changeable. See my answer to In The Dark Knight, how did the Joker really get his scars? for more about this.

Further, every action of Ledger's Joker is part of a philosophical argument: that there is no true morality, and there is no true virtue, and his intention is to prove that proposition. If the Joker conducted thought experiments rather than physical ones, he'd be a tenured professor in a respected Philosophy department somewhere.

My personal preferences aside, it is the Joker's constant changeability that makes it impossible to choose a definitive performance. Because there is no truth for him, even true memories, each day the Joker make wake up entirely different to the man he was the day before. Given that, Romero's portrayal is as good as Hamill's is as good as the nine-year-old playing him with a maniacal laugh to his playmate's stoic, towel-caped Batman.

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Posted on 4 June 2012

Has Batman ever killed anyone?

Yes in fact in the original Batman comics in 1939 he did kill and he killed pretty ruthlessly and he even used a gun. Later on in several comics he is seen killing "because he has no choice" or occasionally because he thought the person was too dangerous to let live. Although in a notable example below he kills a brainwashed pawn by throwing him into boiling metal.

Now the official explanation by DC for the original comics is there are multiple universes and each is a variant with different and parallel versions of each persons life. For example Steam Punk Batman or a Nazi Super Man. The fact still remains he clearly killed in his very first comic appearance and continued to kill all through that first year into the next. They did not yet have the character fully fleshed out and the whole history with his parents and morality did not come up until many comics later. He only started with his own personal code that developed after they explained his origins and expanded on his story in late 1940. As for his later killings in the 80's like using people as meat shields and other cases it is less clear why he chose to break his "unbreakable code".

As for examples there are a lot to choose from.
(sorry if this is long but it is as complete as I could find images for)

Well there is this from the movies... I'm sure he's fine after that fall into a sewer with 3 sticks of Dynamite......
The early Bat Man used a gun and killed and/or let people die.

His very first appearance in Detective Comics #27 (May 1939)
He punches the guy and sends him over the edge into a vat of acid and does not even try to help him.
He even remarks in the next panel.... "A fitting end for his kind" and is thanked by the person he helped.

Second appearance #28
well maybe he survived right?
Guess not....

Later in Detective Comics #30
Here we see him kill not just a bad guy but a brainwashed pawn. Click and read to get the full context.

Yet more death. I guess it's okay becuase they are mutated "monsters now".
First he's a one man firing squad, he's even hanging them by the neck now...

and later on in the 80's there were some deaths...
"The Doomsday Book"  Detective #572
Holy meat shield Batman! You know cuz that guy you used as a shield now has holes in him from that Uzi....

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Posted on 12 May 2012

Which actor did the best job as Batman in film?

That's a tough call, as it comes down to two for me: Christian Bale and Michael Keaton.

There's no doubt that Bale is brilliant. After all, this is the man who pulled off one of the best and most convincing psychotic performances ever, in my opinion, in American Psycho. And watching his transformation in The Machinist is almost heart-stopping. So you expect him to succeed at the role of Bruce Wayne/Batman. If anything, ol' Bruce can look to the persona of Patrick Bateman and think, "There, but for the grace of God, go I."

So I think it's more of the shock factor that makes me give the nod to Michael Keaton. I mean, this is Mr. Mom, Johnny Dangerously, Beetlejuice. The fact that this man, a largely comedic actor (up until that point in his career), played--and brilliantly pulled off the role of--Bruce Wayne/Batman, is a testament to his sheer range and likability. (I need to disclaim here that Michael Keaton is one of the actors I respect the most because of his performance in my favorite theatrical drama, My Life. So I am a bit biased).

I think the difference of between the two also boils down to the tone of their respective movies. Nolan's Dark Knight movies are beautiful, with superb acting, excellent writing, spot-on direction, breathtaking cinematography, and seamless special effects. But Burton's Batman films were a lot more fun. Jack Nicholson as the Joker ("If you're gonna go, go with a smile" and "Wait'll they get a load of me") and Danny Devito as The Penguin, the over-the-top gothic sets, the subtle comedic undertones ("I'm Batman. I'm Batman..."). I can honestly say I enjoyed those movies more, even if the Nolan films are technically superior.

So, for me, it's Michael Keaton. Christian Bale is a better actor, hands down, looking at his whole body of work. But Keaton captured a fun and likable side to Bruce Wayne/Batman that Bale never has.

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Posted on 1 May 2012

Which actor did the best job as Batman in film?

Christian Bale.

I'll give you some reasons for my selection... [SPOILER ALERT: PLOT DETAILS FOLLOW]

Take the film The Dark Knight and watch a few key scenes. Watch Bale portraying Bruce Wayne at the dinner with Rachel and Dent.  Then watch Bale as Bruce in the scene where he's weeping and asking if he brought death upon Rachel.  Then watch Bale as Bruce at the fundraiser for Dent, when Bruce is on the balcony telling Rachel that he can finally stop being Batman.  Then watch Bale as Bruce when he rides his motorcycle to the memorial for Commissioner Loeb, and he finds the cops blindfolded and tied up in the building.

In the first example, he's the witty lighthearted playboy. In the second, he's an emotional wreck and a man filled with doubt and fear of not living up to everyone's -- including his own -- expectations. In the third, he's a man in love reaching out to be vulnerable yet strong enough to take the risk and embrace an uncertain future. In the last example, he's a detective operating in the twilight between his daytime persona and nighttime identity, he is tense and silent, careful and like a spy, he uses a version of his "Batman" voice despite being in plain clothes, he's all business and yet not the intimidating, animalistic ninja-like presence he becomes at night.

Look at how Bale portrays all of those different personas and aspects of Bruce Wayne seamlessly. They are at once very different from one another, and yet never feel like he's portraying completely different characters -- you can sense and feel Bruce in all of them, and they all come from a true part of his personality somewhere in his heart. Pay attention to the effortless shift from one to the other, the nuances of Bale's body language, his walk, his eyes and eyebrows -- look at the way playboy Bruce sits, compared to the way Bruce sits at the computers in the "bat-bunker," or look at how he struts when he's walking as a playboy compared to how he seems like every muscle is coiled when he's walking from his motorcycle to the building later.

Now look at him in the cowl as Batman.  Look at the scene where Batman confronts Dent while Dent is playing fake "Russian roulette" with a prisoner.  Watch Batman's face, his body language, his voice -- it's like a totally different actor is under that cowl. If someone told us that another actor played Batman in the mask, most of us would be able to believe it. Because when Bale takes on Bruce's final, most dominant persona, he transforms completely. Go ahead, play that Batman scene described above, alongside one of the Bruce Wayne scenes. Watch how much an animal-like stride informs Batman's movements. Look how, despite the armored bulk, he seems at once powerful and menacing yet graceful and fluid. His voice isn't just subtly changed -- he growls, he is ferocious, he is the monster villains fear him to be.

Watch Batman in the interrogation room with the Joker. Watch that scene as he slowly builds to the boiling point and erupts, listen to his voice and look at his eyes, look at his face. Bale conveys the desperation, the fury, the near homicidal rage and helplessness with just body language and tone of voice -- and it's pretty hard to inject subtlety and nuance into screaming, but he does it.

And yet, as much as this Batman is a creature entirely apart from the human Bruce Wayne beneath the cowl, there are moments when he reins in the "monster" and the man shows through.  Recall when Rachel is thrown from the window and Batman leaps to her rescue, remember how after their safe landing she asks about Dent and Batman's voice softens -- not entirely, because when he's Batman the persona is dominant -- to assure her Dent is safe.  Then recall the end of the film, when he tries to convince Two-Face to surrender. Think about that moment when Dent ask why he was the only one who lost everything, how Batman hesitates a second, and how when Batman responds, "It wasn't," we once more see the man showing through the "monster" as his voice softens and almost breaks with the surge of emotion and pain.

I loved Heath Ledger's performance as the Joker, it was brilliant and worthy of the Oscar he was awarded posthumously.  However, I think people fail to fully appreciate Bale's own great performance in the film -- and in the one preceding it -- in part because Bale makes it appear so effortless, he lets us take it entirely for granted that we will see all of these complex differences within the same man. Bale's sublime portrayal is one of his best on film, and yet one of his most underrated, and it's a real shame. I am hoping that perhaps with The Dark Knight Rises if he delivers (as I've no doubt to expect he will) a performance as great as the last two films but with the added elements I know about the character and arc in the upcoming film, maybe he'll have a shot at getting some AA love next Oscar season. Too early to really suggest such things about a film we've not seen, of course, but when I think about Bale's Batman and Bruce Wayne, and consider what's coming in this final film to end the whole legend, I can't help but expect the exceptional.

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Posted on 1 May 2012

What is the Joker's real name?

His name is Jack.


It isn't so much that they (DC) are trying to "keep it a secret". It's more that they can't agree. The Joker's origin story remains incredibly mysterious (and they prefer it this way). Even in most recent incarnations, little is actually revealed about the character (in Dark Knight, think of all the variations on the "Wanna know how I got these scars?" speech).

The closest thing to an accepted origin story is the one established in the story "A Killing Joke". Here's the rundown, as provided by (my go-to comic encyclopedia):

"He is referenced as having been an engineer at a chemical plant, before quitting his job to pursue a career in stand-up comedy. His career change did not prove to be the correct choice, as he failed miserably. In desperate need to support his pregnant wife, Jeanine, he turned to a couple of criminals who planned to break into his previous place of work. The "Red Hood" persona is given to him, signifying him as the inside man of the operation, the leader, and the one who would take the fall in the event of the operation going wrong. In the middle of planning, the police called him, and informed him that his wife and unborn child have died. Stricken with grief, he attempted to back out, but was forced to continue the operation. When they arrived at the plant, however, security were waiting for them. As the Red Hood ran away, the two other criminals were shot dead. Upon seeing the Batman, the Red Hood jumped over a rail, into a vat of chemicals. He washed up in a nearby waterway, where, upon the removal of his Red Hood, he saw his skin had turned chalk white, his hair green, and his lips ruby red. This, added to the previous misfortunes of his day, caused a psychotic breakdown, and the Joker was born.

Sometimes he remembers his past one way, sometimes another. This leaves the origins of the Joker, as ever, open to speculation."

In other comics that corroborate this story (notably "Batman: Gotham Nights" 50-55), the Joker/Red Hood character is referred to pre-accident as "Jack".

"Batman Confidential" has the latest (and longest) Joker origin. It also calls him "Jack" (no last name).

These seem to be the only references to a real name for The Joker.

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Posted on 31 March 2012

Do superheroes such as Captain America, Batman, and Thor have to be played by male Caucasian actors?

If they are Caucasian in the comics then they should be presented as such in films. Imagine the reverse if well know black comic book characters such as Black Panther or Storm from Xmen were played by white actors, there would be an outrage and calls for boycott. Furthermore it does a disservice to the fans. Comic book fans, although usually disappointed, hope that the film remains loyal to the comic as close as possible. Changing canonical details such as the appearance of the lead would be disastrous. The studio would loose a lot of money so there's also that aspect.

We should not destroy the original creation just to placate political correctness zealots. I'm sure people want more diversity in their heroes but the bottom line and reality is to produce what sells. The truth is minority heroes in many cases just don't sell as well. I blame it not because they are minorities but that often times you have white guys writing a minority character. That would not be a problem if they didn't try so hard to focus on their minority status. A white guy just can't explain how it feels to be a black woman superhero and therefore it creates bad writing. If they did not focus so much on the race of the character, the character is likely to garner diverse story lines, and have a developed, multi faceted personality. This leads to a better more interesting character that can be written as such. Storm from the X-men is presented in this way. The focus is not her color but her character. At the end of the day people only make what sells. Forcing or pressuring them to do otherwise is in no way helping.

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Posted on 7 January 2012

What made Heath Ledger's portrayal of The Joker legendary?

In short, it was legendary because it was incredibly good. This was largely due to Ledger's psychological, psychotic approach to the character.

Heath Ledger (actor) spent six weeks locked in a hotel room, studying every single comic that the Joker appeared in. He completely devoted himself to studying the Joker's psychology, at one point getting a mere two hours of sleep a night. He spent his time finding every tic of the character, paying particular attention to the voice and the laugh. For inspiration, He looked at the disheveled chaos of Sid Vicious and the mannerisms of Malcolm McDowell's character from A Clockwork Orange. Ledger has stated in an interview for the NY times (11/4/07) that he views The Dark Knight's Joker as "a psychopathic, mass murdering, schizophrenic clown with zero empathy."

He was director Christopher Nolan's only choice for the role. When asked "Why Ledger?", Nolan's response was simple: "He's fearless." To take the character in the direction Heath did was inspiring, if not absolutely terrifying.

---It's Sir Michael Caine's opinion that Heath Ledger beat the odds and topped Jack Nicholson's Joker from "Batman": "Jack was like a clown figure, benign but wicked, maybe a killer old uncle. He could be funny and make you laugh. Heath's gone in a completely different direction to Jack, he's like a really scary psychopath. He's a lovely guy and his Joker is going to be a hell of a revelation in this picture." Caine bases this belief on a scene where the Joker pays a visit to Bruce Wayne's penthouse. He'd never met Ledger before, so when Ledger arrived and performed he gave Caine such a fright he forgot his lines. -- Internet Movie Database (IMDb) Trivia: The Dark Knight (2008)---

Heath Ledger made a complete, bold, terrifying transformation. And in my humble opinion, it was one of the single greatest film portrayals of all time. Every day, I am crushed by the sad realization of what a brilliant performance we would have seen from him in the next film. --Video from Douglas Crets

For other opinions on Ledger's Joker, check out my answer to What does Jack Nicholson think of Heath Ledger's performance as Joker in The Dark Knight?

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Posted on 6 January 2012

Who is wealthier—Bruce Wayne or Tony Stark?

It depends. I know you hate that answer, but we have to consider not just actual liquid wealth, but total assets and investments and the wealth of the massive companies they own and operate.  Consider the following...

If you look at what each of them develops, and who their customers are, you'll see that Bruce Wayne's company is involved in production of a much wider array of products all over the world, including to the general public on all continents. Tony Stark makes mostly high-end technologies and doesn't sell to just anybody, and in fact seems limited to U.S.-based military and intelligence customers for his high-priced, high-end products most of the time. The breadth of Wayne Enterprises, which Forbes estimates to have an income of around $30 billion a year, exceeds that of Stark Industries, which is estimated by Forbes at about $20 billion annually.


But for their personal wealth, Bruce Wayne comes in at around $7 billion, whereas Tony Stark was ahead of him with a whopping $9.4 billion.


But these assessments are made every year, and the above citations are for 2011 only.  Prior to 2008, when Stark moved into the personal-wealth lead, Bruce Wayne was always ahead of Stark in personal wealth.


Usually, then, Wayne himself is wealthier and his company is wealthier, but for the last three to four years, Stark has jumped into the lead in personal wealthy despite his company remaining behind in overall income.

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Posted on 14 October 2011

If you agree that Superman, Batman & Wonder Woman are the DC big 3, who's #4?

With "Big 3" meaning the biggest, most popular characters who are most recognizable and who enjoy longevity and tend to be the dominant personalities in the DCU, then for the hypothetical #4 position I think there are a few contenders.

[Note:  I should state outright that I'm not going to include perhaps the first name that comes to some folks' minds -- Robin -- because he's Batman's sidekick and I'd think that would be a tad unfair and would seem to imply the #4 spot is really just a duel slot for the Batman "team"/"brand". Based on that rule for myself, Nightwing is also exempt from consideration.  I say this because I know a lot of people who read Batman comics are probably thinking that, now that Dick Grayson (the first Robin, later Nightwing) is operating as a second Batman and is the main "Batman" character in Detective Comics, he should be considered for the #4 slot. But I don't think two Batmen is an acceptable way to fill two slots in any "Big 4" list.]

(1.) Green Lantern -- He appeared about two years after Superman, one year after Batman, and one year before Wonder Woman. He is arguably the most powerful superhero in the DCU, has one of the greatest costumes, is pretty recognizable, and has an upcoming release of what's sure to be a summer blockbuster film. His whole world and backstory are a big space opera of epic proportions, too. When we weigh the factors (big, popular, recognizable, longevity, dominant) and then consider his current status as the next big franchise in film, I think he currently is most likely to move into official #4 position.

(2.) The Flash -- He appeared the same year as Green Lantern, so he's got longevity as well.  He also is pretty recognizable, more so than Green Lantern, I suspect. He's got a simple but good costume, too. But power-wise, his speed is of course his main ability and despite being called the "fastest man" he's not demonstrably really faster than Superman or hypothetically the Green Lantern (claims in some comics that he can beat Superman make little sense when at other times we see Superman's true capacity for speed).

The Flash is also lagging in popularity as of late, for what it's worth. And he has a film that's been "in development" for a few years now, but it seems to be back on track at the moment (he also had a short-lived TV show, but it flopped unfortunately). His powers are of course still impressive, but I don't think they are comparable to Green Lantern's, nor is he as popular. I personally think he's a very fun and interesting character, and I think that the fact he's so recognizable and long-lived and has a simple but cool power get him a spot on the short-list even though ultimately I think he falls behind a few other characters in the competition.

(3.) Aquaman -- Often dismissed, especially lately, as kind of the butt of jokes, Aquaman in fact has a pretty good argument for being the #4 guy.  He's been around as long as Wonder Woman, he's probably pretty recognizable and his name is likely familiar even to non-fans, he's got a pretty lively and unique background and setting and history, his outfit has earth tones and scales and fins and is different from most other characters, and he's been a staple of JLA and DCU stories for a long time. Then there's his powers -- and you might laugh, but only if you aren't actually familiar with the guy. He happens to be incredibly powerful, his body so dense that bullets bounce off him and he's got tremendous super-strength. He also has telepathic powers that let him talk to and control marine animals, he can see in the dark and has super-hearing, and of course he can breath underwater.

Consider, too, that he brings something special to the #4 spot -- Wonder Woman represents the powers of the Gods, Superman represents powers from outer space, Batman represents a champion of mortals who walk the Earth, so Aquaman would represent the powers of the oceans.  There's a sort of "elements" motif almost (not exactly, but kind of) going on in the representations when you consider it as a four-part team representing the Heavens, Space, Earth, and the Sea. The main downside to the character is really simply that he's misunderstood by the mainstream public who are used to the modern jokes about him merely "talking to fish." But he's still so well-known and the jokes do little to undermine that fact or the facts about his actual abilities and status in the DCU. So, Aquaman might have the most unique and underappreciated "world" and background of the DCU, and he should be considered a strong candidate for the #4 slot, and I'd place him second to Green Lantern.

(4.) Martian Manhunter -- He's been around since the mid-50s, he's among the most powerful characters in the DCU, he's gotten a lot more attention in recent years among the DCU, and he's an alien who looks alien and has a cool appearance. He's well-respected, popular among fans, and is definitely a serious candidate. His background and the fact he'd be the only overtly non-human-looking member of a hypothetical "Big 4" gives him an added advantage.

However, some of these things also work against him. He may be popular among fans, but few people who don't read comics would recognize him. And in very basic terms, he's another "invincible alien" alongside Superman. His telepathy and shape-shifting are the clearest powers that makes him stand out, but he's otherwise another strong, invulnerable, flying alien who shoots beams out of his eyes and wears a cape. I think that although Martian Manhunter is a powerful character who's very important to the DCU, I don't feel he has the iconic status needed to stand alongside the Big 3 as a definitive personality considered popular and recognizable enough to win over other characters -- specifically, Green Lantern or Aquaman -- who are simply far more well-known, popular, and closer to being icons.

Conclusion:  Green Lantern is probably the most likely candidate for a hypothetical #4 position, with Aquaman a good second-place contender for the slot. However, if someone argued strongly that Aquaman's inclusion would be more interesting and bring elements (the sea, water-based powers, Atlantis, etc) that best compliment the overall weighting of a "Big 4" list, then I'd not really argue with them. But I personally think that overall comparisons and weighting gives Green Lantern the win.

Martian Manhunter and the Flash have to share third place, because one (Martian Manhunter) has the power and growing popularity advantage, while the other (the Flash) is much more recognizable and closer to something at least approaching an "iconic" status based on name and "face"/suit recognition, plus his power might be limited but it's well-known and easy to conceptualize ("the fastest man alive").

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Posted on 5 May 2011

Which Batman story is the best from all mediums?

Year One by Frank Miller is probably the best Batman story in comics, followed by The Dark Knight Returns (especially the first chapter about Harvey Dent).

The Dark Knight is the best Batman story in film, followed by Batman Begins.

Of those four stories, pound for pound the greatest Batman story, in my opinion, is the story in the film The Dark Knight.  It encompasses so much of what Batman represents, of Bruce Wayne being pulled in different directions, of Batman as both hero and hunted, of the two greatest villains for Batman in roles perfectly portraying them in ways to complement and contrast with Batman's own portrayal and arc. Whatever great elements of the character we can point to in any of the many great stories, anything we name is also present in this film in a really great way.

EDIT:  I should note that when I wrote this answer, I ranked Year One just a narrow hair's width ahead of The Dark Knight Returns for "best Batman story in comics," but the two are so close that from time to time my assessment changes just enough for one or the other to move ahead to first-place for a while.

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Posted on 26 April 2011

In The Dark Knight, how did the Joker really get his scars?

Whatever way he is claiming at any moment.

As in the comics, the Joker regards the past as a mutable medium, which only exists insofar as it is remembered, and the act of remembering and forgetting is, in fact, creation and destruction. Was the Joker the leader of the Red Hood gang? A failed stand-up comic forced into crime by the gang he appeared to be leading? Did his wife die in an accident? Was she murdered by a corrupt cop? Did she exist at all? Because the Joker is able to forget and remember at will, the truth is whatever version of his backstory that he is remembering at any moment, regardless of whether that history conflicts with what he remembered yesterday.

In the words of Nietzsche:

[Beasts] do not remember; mankind does.  Man is an historical animal, whose memories weigh down upon him.  Happiness is forgetting, though remembering is what gives man the ability to utilize lessons from the past in the present.

In some sense, the Joker is a Nietzchian ideal: a man with total control over both remembering and forgetting.

This is what makes him a nemesis of the Batman: Bruce Wayne cannot forget anything. The deaths of his parents, of (in the comics) the second Robin, of (in the movie) his oldest friend, these memories and this history are the essential components of his character. Every action is motivated by memory and history he is unable or unwilling to escape.

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Posted on 15 May 2010 search results

Batman VS The sex curse from It Follows

So Batman and Catwoman finally bang, and it turns out - surprise! She has the curse from It Follows. If Batman does not have sex and pass on the curse, an unstoppable monster will come for him and try to kill him. If the person that he gave the curse to dies, it passes back to the person who had it before...which would be Batman. Plus, since he doesn't want to see Catwoman die, martyring himself to save others isn't going to be an option. Can Batman survive the curse while still attending to his superhero duties?

Round 1: Batman is on his own here.

Round 2: The whole Justice League is ready to help him out, as well as "help him out" with his curse problem.

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Posted on 15 June 2015

I really don't want the Arkhamverse to end...

Again, I've posted before how I don't get the fascination with killing Batman or Batman at the end of his crime-fighting days.

My hope is that Batman does not die in Arkham Knight and WB Montreal, or whoever, takes on mantle and keeps producing Batman games.

Of all the other comic book characters he translates well to this because he isn't super powered (what threat is there to Superman in a video game?) and he also has an entire mythos surrounding him and his allies/enemies.

People talk about a suicide squad game but I like playing as Batman specifically to beat up the "bad guys" and whatnot, not play as them.

And don't get me started on Batman Beyond.

You didn't necessarily need an arch over the whole three games. Any Batman adventure/mystery can stand on its own and I wish that's the direction they'd take with future games.

It's probably very moot for me to even care but does anyone else agree?

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Posted on 1 June 2015

[Batman] Someone is going back in time to stop Thomas and Martha Wayne from being murdered. This means Batman will never exist. Does Bruce follow him back in time and stop him so that his parents can die?

It boils down to this:

  1. Batman can either let this person go back in time and save his parents from dying, resulting in Batman never existing.

  2. Or he can follow him back and stop him, but would have to watch his parents die, or at the very least listen to the gunshots and screaming all over again.

What does he do?

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Posted on 1 May 2015

Inspired by this writing prompt: Batman is dead, and the Joker has stepped up to take his place. Can the Joker do a better job than Batman?

The Writing Prompt in question.

So, Batman is now dead. Deeply troubled by this, the Clown Prince of Crime has pledged to take Batman's place. He has all of his resources at his disposal, and can use lethal and non-lethal methods to fight crime.

Can the Joker do a better job than Batman could? How well does the Joker do?

Thanks for all of the replies guys! I thought this was a fairly interesting scenario, and I am glad a lot of you are weighing in with positive feedback!

Wow... 200+ upvotes, 140+ comments and the front page of /r/whowouldwin? Thanks so much for all the discussion guys!

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Posted on 25 March 2015

Obsessed with Batman

[WP] The scarecrow has poisoned Gotham's water supply with a toxin that makes everyone post Batman prompts.

"Obsessed with Batman," the Joker had declared himself at the last meeting of supervillains. And it got me thinking: if only everyone in the city really took the time to consider the absolute lunacy of it all, they'd probably hate him too. I mean, a man running about in a bat costume and beating up ordinary citizens? Ok, maybe not "ordinary" citizens. Some of us are a little strange. But we're still people, right?

That nugget of an idea turned into a plan, as they often do. If everyone in the city was like Joker, the Batman wouldn't stand a chance. We just needed them to think about him a little bit more. A lot more, actually. So much so that they are driven mad by their new-found obsession. Driven to the point that they'll do anything to get rid of him and clean the scourge from their minds, maybe?

The chemical mixture was simple, really. Child's play for someone of my abilities; I specialize in madness. Joker, my partner in this endeavor, was responsible for devising some sort of delivery method. Unsurprisingly, he came up with some elaborate scheme to deploy clown-shaped hot air balloons that sprayed it into clouds, to be dispersed by rainfall. Dumping the barrels into the reservoir would have worked, but I like to indulge the Joker whenever possible. Stay on his good side, you know?

I can hear the pitter-patter of the rain on the rooftop now. It's always been a comforting sound for me; doubly so knowing that it will lead to Batman's demise in just a few days.

I load up Reddit on my phone and check /r/Writingprompts, as usual. But today is not for writing; today is for assessing results.

[EU] Batman dies unexpectedly, this troubles The Joker so much that he swears to protect Gotham himself, and does a better job than Batman ever did.

The top post, and rising quickly. Perfect; he's the only thing that anyone wants to hear about. I show the Joker, and he cackles appreciatively. His laughter bounces around the empty warehouse.

"You know," he says after a while. "I didn't mention this before, but there is one potential drawback."

I cock my head inquisitively

"They become obsessed with Bats, right? Well, what if their madness goes a different route than mine? What if they're more like him? What if they want to become Batman, instead of killing him?"

Before I could answer, the lights snap off. Someone has cut the power.

A flash of lightning illuminates the room. In the windows above, silhouettes. Not one, but dozens. Dozens of pointy bat ears.

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Posted on 25 March 2015

Bruce Wayne dies, Sterling Archer becomes the new Batman. Can he still beat the Joker?

Archer has read the comic books so he knows what's up.

Round one: New Bats retains his aversion to guns and such, but Archer still knows krav maga. How does he fare?

Round two: The Sterling Knight goes on a rampage, no weapons barred, full access to Bruce Wayne's resources. Krieger is his Lucious Fox. Who can't he beat?

Bonus Round: Could Archer keep his new identity secret?

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Posted on 22 February 2015

Each of the following Batman villains are given Death Notes. How do they each use them, and how does Batman respond?

The villains:

  • The Joker

  • Two-Face

  • Scarecrow

  • Bane

  • Killer Croc

  • Poison Ivy

  • Mr Freeze

  • The Riddler

  • Hugo Strange

The rules of the notebook, for those unaware:

  • The human whose name is written in this note will die.

  • The writer must picture the face of their victim while writing, or the note will have no effect. This is to prevent individuals who share the same name from being affected.

  • The death will take place 40 seconds after writing. In those 40 seconds, the writer can add extra details including the manner, time and location of the death.

  • If it is possible for the manner of death specified to occur, it will happen as written. If no manner of death is specified, or the specified death is impossible, the victim will die of a heart attack instead. All humans are considered to have the capacity for suicide.

  • If a time of death within 23 days is specified, it will happen as written. Otherwise, the death will take place after 40 seconds.

  • If it is possible for the death to occur at the specified location, it will happen as written. If no location is specified, or it is impossible for the victim to reach the specified location in time, they will die wherever they are at the time of death. If the manner of their death is tied to a specified location and that location is unreachable, the victim will die of a heart attack.

  • The writer can specify actions for the victim to take between the time of writing and their death. If it is possible for the victim to carry out these actions, they will do so. The victim cannot perform impossible actions such as revealing information they do not know.

  • The note can never cause the death of anybody whose name is not written in it. For example, if it is written that the victim will shoot an unnamed colleague, then their colleague's wounds are guaranteed to be non-fatal.

  • Once the victim's name is written in the note, nothing can be done to prevent their death, and they cannot die by any other means beforehand. If the same victim's name is written in multiple notes, the first death to be written will be the one that takes effect, regardless of the order the deaths are scheduled in.

  • Once dead, they can never come back to life.

There are also several Shinigami on hand, one for each notebook:

  • Any human with a note can trade half their remaining lifespan with a Shinigami for the Shinigami's eyes. These eyes allow them to see the name and lifespan of any human just by looking at their face.

  • Even with the eyes, a human cannot see the lifespan of a human with a note. This allows a human with both the note and the eyes to easily recognize other humans with notes.

BONUS ROUND: Ra'as al Ghul is also given a notebook. How screwed is the world? Can Batman stop him?

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Posted on 13 December 2014

Does Batman's "no-kill" policy end up in more deaths (likely indirect) than if he had a strict, "at-your-discretion-only" kill policy?

This applies to all versions and universes, including both (or, all three, if you count Burton/Keaton as separate from the 90's abominations, which I do) movie universes.

Most people know that Batman has a strict rule to never kill any enemy, no matter what the circumstances are, as he's "no executioner" (at least, post-Golden Age of Batman around the late-1930s-early-40. During this point Batman was a badass who was closer to The Punisher than a ninja detective. He even used firearms, hanging criminals from his Bat-Plane, slicing them with swords, running them over with cars, throwing them off rooftops, slicing them with Batarangs, etc.).

Ironically, Batman had set up an automated protocol via satellite to kill any of his fellow superheroes in Justice League of America (JLA). JLA is pretty much the DC version of The Avengers, and it includes Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Green Lantern, and others. Batman set this up and tailored it specifically for each superhero -- which seems a little dark for me. So, you could argue that he has "planned" to kill superheroes on a more specific, drawn-out way than he has planned to kill villains.

Also, I think it's his no-kill policy that makes him so popular, since it shows humanity, discipline, and respect. The credit would at least partially go to the super-conservative moms in the late 1940s, who weren't fond of "this Batman character" wielding guns and killing people. So, DC immediately him (and Superman and everyone else from "Detective Comics"),

Here are the reasons for his no-kill policy:

  • This rule is rooted in mostly in principle -- to not "stoop down" to the level of those he's fighting -- which is why he also never uses a firearm, since it was the weapon used on his parents. (Nolan did a good job of catching the casual audience up to speed on his no-kill/no-gun policy, even though it took lucky timing by Falcone's hit-woman to "prevent" Bruce from using the gun, and it took a couple of slaps from Rachel to set him straight. My favorite part is when the Fatmans -- aka fake Batmans who happen to be fat -- use guns in the beginning of The Dark Knight, and Scarecrow says "that's not him" -- which is a sign of begrudging respect and acknowledgement). **

  • His rule is also based on fear**, fear of what he may become should he allow himself to kill, since it could be a slippery slope if he kills based on justification and "justice."

  • Lastly, he has the rule to limit the "heat" he gets from the Gotham Police, since killings -- even of high-level mobsters -- would be a homicide/murder case, since he's a vigilante and not a part of law enforcement. If he started to kill some villains, no matter how guilty the villains are/were, the killings would still be murder charges, and Batman would start to look more like a serial killer than a "guardian of the night."

But anyway, would Batman be a more effective and efficient superhero if he didn't have that rule?

Now, I'm not saying that his M.O. would be "kill all mobsters," or, in other words, it's not like Batman would be out hunting for people to kill.

My proposal/hypothetical would be: What if Batman allowed exceptions to his rule, where he deems that the benefits (immediate and permanent cessation of the near-certainty of further deaths, crime, and chaos) of killing of the villain would significantly outweigh the costs (costs being: slight loss of humanity, compromise of principle, added "heat" from cops, possible self-loathing from "stooping down" to the level of those he fights, etc.)?

Most of the time, Batman gets the job done without needing to kill, and I acknowledge that. Also, this wouldn't really be a personal code or a self-administered "license to kill" (i.e., "I am allowed to kill when justified"), but it would be an exception to his current code (i.e., "My code: I will not kill anyone. But in exceptional cases where it is the only option to prevent further deaths of Gotham citizens, I have to do my duty and ensure the safety of Gotham.")

There are instances where if he killed a villain who not only had already killed many citizens, but his eventual (and inevitable) "escape" from Batman would lead to more deaths. The Joker would be an obvious example, and he's pretty much takes advantage of Batman's rule, at times mocking him that Batman's persistent need for order can lead to collateral damage/deaths when it faces chaos (Joker). So, for example, if Batman actually breaks his rule and kills the Joker -- and it would NEVER be a situation where it would be an execution-style killing, but more likely self-defense or to thwart the villain from going through with a mass murder plan -- wouldn't it be fair to say that the good significantly outweighs the bad?

Take The Dark Knight for example.

If Batman had killed The Joker when The Joker was literally firing at him (though, likely not firing to kill Batman, since he didn't want Batman to die), with The Joker saying "hit me, come on, hit me, hit me, HIT ME!" (which, as I said, was an example of The Joker taking advantage of Batman's "one rule") he could have killed him WITH the police (especially Jim Gordon) witnessing The Joker firing at Batman. The Joker's death would have prevented plenty of deaths: the deaths at the precinct and holding cells (btw, how in the hell did The Joker survive all of that but no one else did?); any deaths from Batman's encounter at the unfinished condos; the turn of Harvey Dent into Two-Face, which resulted in more deaths, including his own; and finally, killing The Joker would have prevented that situation where two ferries with 600-700 people total were prepped with enough explosives to kill either and/or both ferries, and not only where they one click away from blowing themselves (or the others) up, but The Joker was literally about to blow them both up had he not asked (or mini-mologued, "speaking of which, do you want to know how I got these scars?", followed by Batman retorting with his own quip of "no, but I know how you got these!" and shooting out his arm blades and throwing him off the building, before, of course, saving him.

TL;DR -- Does Batman's strict no-kill policy inadvertently lead to more deaths than prevent deaths? It's not so much that I would advocate a "license to kill" mentality, but more of a "there's an exception to every rule" mentality, where exceptional circumstances call for exceptional measures. For e.g., in The Dark Knight, plenty of people died after Batman bailed on his Batpod with his chance to kill The Joker, who was a half-second button-press away from killing 600+ people on the two ferries.

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Posted on 11 November 2014

[DC] How does Batman not die when he fights with the JLA? (possible Man of Steel spoilers)

Okay, maybe the title maybe a poor question. I know Batman has all the toys, he is the World's greatest detective, he is as strong as the writer makes him and with prep can beat/survive against almost anyone right?

I just re-watched Man of Steel, how the hell could Batman even be involved with something like this? Metropolis was destroyed and Superman gets tossed around like a rag doll. I don't see how Batman would be of any help to the JLA if a threat stronger than that of General Zod were to attack Earth. Granted, this is a movie and a completely different universe. I'll admit I am a Marvel guy and don't know a whole lot about DC. I do know that Batman has varied from writer to writer and universe to universe in intellect and strength. It just seems to me that the only usefulness Batman could provide to the JLA s intellect and technology.

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Posted on 12 August 2014

Batman kills so many in the Burton films...

I was re watching the first two Burton films when I noticed Batman was pretty brutal in those films.

  • The First time was when Batman blew up the factory. There were at least 4 people standing around that car when his wheels dropped the bombs. Best part of all...Batman wasn't even in the car!! He practically droned them.

  • Batman chases the Joker up the church only to be met by one of his better henchman. They scrap it out for a bit and then he thinks he knocks Batman down the tower. When he goes to see if he's gone Batman pulls him down to his doom, the henchman seems to fall like almost endlessly. There was no way he could survive that.

  • The last person he killed on the first one was the Joker. When he tried to get away on a helicopter Batman attached him to a heavy what did Batman possibly think this was going to do? In the comics he would of let him go to find him another day, but it seems like he was just not having it.

    • The beginning of the second movie there is a penguin henchman in a devil costume burning up stores. Batman with his batmobile drives in front him, does a 360, and then proceeds to catch him on fire with the back of his car!! If this man didn't die he had some serious done to all over his body.
  • Lastly Batman take a bomb from a henchman that he fights. He must of seen there was a lot of time still on it so he took it elsewhere. Batman then runs into this clown he can't knock out with his fist, so what does he do? He attaches the bomb to the man's stomach and throws him into a pit. The explosion coming from the pit was huge so nine times out of ten he died.

    Edit: This has been a really good discussion so far, but try not to downvote people for their opinions guys. Some people hate, like, and feel indifferent about the first two Burton films and that's ok, because in the end it's all about the Batmans. I just started this to see what other bat fans thought about them as well.

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Posted on 11 July 2014

Batman vs Light Yagami (Death Note)

Who would win if Bruce took the place of L in the anime?

Edit: This is Batman in the exact position L is in the anime, Batman is unknown to the world and is only known to the higher ups of the police department. He's called upon after all the criminals start to die, he's in complete secrecy. Light has absolutely 0 idea that Batman exists. How does Batman tackle this situation?

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Posted on 12 May 2014

The Joker DOES have a superpower

No one could pull off half the random crap Joker does unassisted. All the near deaths, convoluted plots and inevitable escape attempts... impossible without some other force at work. But really, it's his name that gives it away. He's got a power any comedian, class clown or joker would kill for.

He has a supernaturally good sense of timing.

That's why all his schemes can work and why the only times he gets caught are when he can safely get away later. Because even if he's unaware that he's doing it, he's always in the right place at the right time.

Edit: Joker probably isn't aware he even has this power, but it's part of the reason he never gets over his insanity. Because everything always works out for him, he's never confronted with facing reality aside from the chaos he creates. Except... for... the Batman. Maybe he's immune or maybe he's just so organized he can cut through the chaos, but for whatever reason Batman's the only one who can overcome this subtle power. Joker may be aware of this subconsciously or just pick up that things go wrong whenever Batman's around, but he knows he NEEDS to kill him.

Edit 2: Maybe the Joker doesn't need to KILL Batman, but I think he does want some kind of final conflict where two enter and one leaves. Whether Joker hopes HE'LL die in the conflict or just prove that his reality is the correct one depends on which Joker you're talking about, I think.

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Posted on 14 April 2014

Scarecrow's bombs in Arkham Knight are a ploy

After years of plotting his revenge against Batman the Scarecrow returns in Arkham Knight to gather the other super-villains and crush the dark knight. At least, that's what we're led to believe. The opening trailer tells that the Scarecrow has planted fear gas bombs around Gotham and has told the authorities, who evacuate the citizens... But Why? In Batman's profile of Scarecrow and his interview tapes found in Arkham Asylum, Scarecrow is described as a man who must instill fear in others in the name of research. When Batman finds Scarecrow's boat in Arkham City, it does not contain a set of blueprints, some fear gas and a "I will have my revenge" sign. The boat contains the results of an experiment on an inmate. If Scarecrow is so obsessed with research, why would he tell authorities of his bombs and evacuate an unsuspecting test city of 6 million people? (I understand that this is a convenient way for the developers to explain why there are no civilians in the city, but Rocksteady is normally very good with covering up potential plot weak points). Scarecrow is too intelligent to think that a compilation of independent super-villains will kill Batman (he's defeated them before). Furthermore, Scarecrow understands that if Batman does die, the police and military will not respect the no killing rule when retaking the city. So if killing Batman is not main priority then what is? The answer is that Scarecrow is using the bombs and the battle to prepare the city to be a perfect fear laboratory. In the confusion he can send some of his henchmen down into the steam-works (disguised as trapped workers) to attach cans of fear gas to Gotham's water and gas lines as well as the air ducts of major buildings. Another group of henchmen can simultaneously break into city hall and forge records of these new "additions". Thus when Scarecrow is "defeated" or goes into hiding and the city returns to normal, he will have a perfect test city with which to conduct fear experiments in a controlled environment.

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Posted on 9 March 2014

What does r/Batman think of "The Batman" series from 2004?

I know that this series has mixed reviews from die hard Batman fans. However, for me, "The Batman" is what led me to my Batman obsession, and before it, and didn't care for him at all. I want to here other people's opinions on a series that wasn't always comic accurate, and that changed a lot of characters looks and personalities from their original persona.

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Posted on 14 August 2013

(Lots o' Spoilers) How TDKR should have ended...

... exactly the way it did. I see some complaints that having Batman go out the way he did was a cop-out, and I find myself in total disagreement.

Here is a character, like every famed and beloved comic book hero, who is plagued by his total inability to change. It's written into his dna. Bruce Wayne never changes, he's Batman and he'll always be Batman. If other characters have to hate him for it, we'll draw our drama from that (Batman Beyond). But no matter what, Bruce Wayne is Batman. In no format have we ever been really allowed to see the Batman character realistically evolve, until now. And that is just as daring a move as the rather obvious and un-clever one a lot of us predicted. Some of us wanted Batman to die. Well, he does.

Batman dies. Nolan has said that TDKR draws a lot from Tale of Two Cities. When Gordon reads the last lines in front of Wayne's tombstone, I thought it was meant to mean that this man has died so that the city may live. It's almost the same thing as TDK, really. Batman just making more sacrifices to ensure the future of his city. But it's not about that. In Tale of Two Cities Carlton dies so that Darnay, a man that he believes has much more to live for, can survive. In this way Carlton feels that his life had meaning. Batman doesn't die for Gotham, he dies to save Bruce Wayne. It's a genius incorporation of a genius novel, and integrating it's themes into the themes of Batman is a brilliant conceit from the (sometimes maligned) script.

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Posted on 21 July 2012

Alright r/batman, would you be interested in a TDKR predictions poll?

My friends and I are planning on making a bunch of predictions for TDKR and putting some money on it. Then I thought, wouldn't it be great if /r/batman did the same thing? (No money of course). So how about it? I would totally be willing to create a Google doc or something, and then turn the data into graphs, charts, etc. /r/awake did this recently and I thought it was really cool.

If you're interested, upvote, comment, downvote, anything! I think this would be really interesting to get the predictions from the most knowledgeable Batman fans around. Also, let me know when you think the poll should be posted, closed, possible questions and answers, where the poll should be or anything else! (Date is important because more and more information is leaking out via trailers, leaked info, and cough action figures). It will also be interesting to see just how wrong (and right) our predictions are after the movie is out.

Possible Questions: 1. Does Batman die? A) If yes, then is he replaced? 2. Final scene? 3. Does Bane break Batman's back? 4. What is John Blake's role in the plot? 5. Does Ra's al Ghul come back, or is he simply in a flashback? 6. What is Miranda Tates role in the plot? (Love interest, Talia, other) 7. Does Anne Hathaway pull off her role as Catwoman? 8. How hyped is the movie to you? 9. Do you believe the movie will live up to the/your hype? 10. Will the movie receive any award nods? (Best film, directing, score, acting, effects, etc) 11. Do any other characters die? 12. Does scarecrow make an appearance? 13. When will you see the movie?

(Note: I tried to stray away from questions Nolan has officially denied, such as any Joker references. Also we want to prevent possible spoilers for twists people never thought about such as the new alleged toy spoiler, possible spoiler)

TL;DR I want to post a quick poll to get the community's predictions on TDKR, would you be interested?

edit: formatting/grammar

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Posted on 21 June 2012

Anybody else think that the heavy hinting that Batman will die means he probably won't?

I mean, if he does die, then Christopher Nolan's practically already told us as much, what with images of the broken mask, the end of the prologue, the trailer in which Bane says, "When Gotham is in ashes, you will have my permission to die." I dunno, it just seems like a bit of a massive spoiler to give away several months before the film's released. Anybody else reckon Nolan's in the process of pulling off a massive bluff?

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Posted on 15 December 2011

Steam Game Swap

This is a subreddit for people who are looking to trade games on Steam. Want to trade physical games? Try /r/gameswap. Want to trade TF2 items? Try /r/tf2trade. Want to trade Dota 2 items? Try /r/dota2trade. Want to trade games for money? Try /r/GameSale. Want to trade CS:GO Items? Try /r/GlobalOffensiveTrade Want to trade trading cards? Try /r/steamtradingcards [link]

Posted on 21 June 2011

Someone stole an article I wrote about how awesome Batman is, and published it on "Yahoo contributor network" as his own. Reddit, should I even bother calling this guy on his shit?

What's worse is, the guy used a really old draft, probably posted somewhere back in 2004ish. Current draft below, for comparison's sake, does having a .doc that's been copied around between hard drives multiple times really prove anything in this situation?

I thought it might be a laugh to write to him and Yahoo claiming that there's a $2,000 royalty fee on this article then just sit back and wait for the $ signs to come rolling in but beyond that I really wouldn't know if it's even worth pointing out to him that he's a shit for plagiarism, petty as it may be in this instance.

On why Batman is the greatest person, fictional or non, ever An urgent news bulletin

Batman. Even if you haven't read the comics, even if you haven't seen the movies, you know who he is. In a nutshell: Wears a scary as shit superhero costume, hangs out with the JLA, and beats suspects at roughly a Rodney King level of brutality. But what makes Batman more special than, say, not Batman?

He has no super powers

In your rush to assume that you were already up to speed with how Batman operates you may not have considered that he in fact possesses no super powers. So how does he do all of that amazing stuff? Simple, he trained long and hard for the majority of his childhood and all his adult life. Batman is trained in almost every conceivable art of fighting. Hell, he's even a ninja. And one thing that’s certain about ninjas is that they never, ever screw around. Unless you pay them specifically to screw around. Sure, it's easy to beat up your run-of-the-mill graverobbers and bootleggers and tubthumpers with ninja skills and gizmos, but then... Batman also beat up Superman. Yeah.

He can beat up fricking Superman

In Frank Miller’s Elseworlds tale 'The Dark Knight Returns', an aging Batman faces a bleak future where gangs of hooligans are killing in his name, getting about Gotham city with their violence and skateboards and varying rapster lingos.

Superman meanwhile has become the US Government's official lapdog, a strongarm enforcer of shady policy and the like. When Bruce Wayne once more decides to take on the mantle of the bat, political unrest sees the President send Superman after his old friend Bruce, with orders to stop him by any means. Of course, Superman knows that Batman will never be brought in alive, and so, of course, the two battle it out in an epic struggle punctuated by nuclear ICBMs raining down and snappy one-liners being tossed about in rapid fire succession as all hell breaks out around them.

It’s here that the veteran underdog’s heart begins to give, but it won’t quit on him before a final chance to wipe the shit-eating grin off Superman’s shit-enjoying face, pummeling Supes with a handy set of kryptonite gloves—engineered years ago for just such a contingency.

"You're beginning to get the idea, Clark. This is the end, for both of us. We could have changed the world. Now look at us. I've become a political liability, and you, you're a joke. I want you to remember, Clark... in all the years to come... in your most private moments... I want you to remember my hand at your throat... I want you to remember the one man who beat you..."

And then… Batman dies. Or does he? No. He totally fakes it. He rocks up six months later living under an assumed identity, teaching wayward street toughs how to fight crime. Just like Andy Kaufman.

He's the world's greatest detective

Batman's not just trained by the best fighters on this or any planet, but also the greatest criminologists and forensic psychologists. Bruce Wayne spent his adolescence travelling around the world, using his vast inherited wealth to study under skilled detectives and scholars of subterfuge. He learned about the criminal mind from the inside out by getting in amongst the seedier element of society on the ground floor of Gotham’s gritty underbelly—to observe, and acclimatize. Waiting for the moment when confidence and opportunity would align. Getting ready for a day when he could finally punch someone really fucking hard in the nutsack and then the face.

He recovered from a broken spine

When the super-criminal Bane busted all the inmates out of Gotham's Arkham Asylum, it fell upon Batman to round them all up. Each death at their hands was another for which he blamed himself. By the time that last mental case was recaptured, Batman was weak, exhausted, and just aching for a shit.

Only then did Bane strike, tracking Batman to his secret “bat’s cave”-themed lair, known as The Batcave, and with the aid of the super-steroid and sometime Spider-Man villain 'Venom', defeated the Dark Knight in hand-to-hand combat. Hoisting Batman high above his sizeable frame, Bane brought him down hard with a knee to the spine, fucking Batman’s shit all the way up to eleven.

Most people don't come back from a broken spine. There was, well, Bruce Lee, and that’s probably all. Therefore, while fictional, Batman remains the only living person who has recovered from a broken spine. It was a long, hard road back to good health and fighting form, but he returned triumphant, having sex with Bane’s sister and posting it on the internet.

He never loses

Batman is not only mentally and physically honed to perfection, but relentlessly driven by a score which can never be settled. When his parents were murdered in front of him as a boy, Bruce vowed to avenge their deaths with his indefinite war on crime. If he were to ever stop being the bat, he would be breaking that promise to his dead parents. If he were to lose, he would no longer be Batman. Therefore, Batman always wins. Physics.

He’s intimidating

Criminals are a cowardly and superstitious bunch, and thank God for small favors, as that cowardice manifests itself as a crippling fear of bats for an almost suspiciously high percentage of Gotham’s criminal underworld. Maybe the phobia of bats is a self-fulfilling prophecy, or maybe Bruce just got incredibly lucky, thanks to the environmental factors of a moderate climate and plentiful caves lining up perfectly with a population both enthralled and terrified by Sir David Attenborough’s recent, Bats: Nature’s Draculas.

He will haunt you

If by some miracle you thwart Batman, you will spend the rest of your life looking over your shoulder. He will always find a way. The guy is literally insane, it’s not even worth the grief. While you’re busy sleeping and eating and shitting Batman is in a cave somewhere doing chin-ups while frowning at a computer printout of your face and current location. Oh yeah, and he only sleeps two hours a day. How? He’s fucking Batman.

He has a pretty expensive computer as well

In closing, Batman’s great. Just don’t screw with him. Don’t rob a Gotham bank or kill any prostitutes because Batman will be there to wreck your entire universe. It’s unclear where he stands on circumventing DRM or grey market imports but I personally wouldn’t take the risk. Batman will keep on fighting, and punching, and detecting the shit out of crimes, until the day he either dies, is replaced by someone with a scarier costumer, or resolves his numerous emotional issues.

Edit - Has been taken down by someone helpful in the thread, a lot of good advice handed out, and I'm glad for the feedback. This has been an overall positive experience, I appreciate you Reddit.

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Posted on 7 December 2010

Who Would Win?

If you love to imagine the planet-exploding battles of the fictional gods who will never be, taking pointless knowledge gathered from a life spent reading and gaming and swinging it like a gladiator's sword in discussions on reddit... then welcome home, my friend. You are indeed where you belong. Come join our discussions, post your own battles and kick some ass! [link]

Posted on 14 October 2010