|Is there a Bat-Dickery.com?|
You might be saying “Wait a second Beta, don’t you love Batman? Didn’t you used to do those ‘Batman Versus’ posts?” Yeah I did and I do like Batman. But those Batman Versus posts were really me just joking about the ridiculousness of how god-like comic book fans sometime view the character. I will say that I actually do prefer Superman to Batman (Yes, I Fight Dragons, I still like Superman) but as I said a while ago in my Protector/Defender blog I appreciate them both equally. But there are a lot of things that bug me about the guy, and that people treat him like his shit doesn’t stink bugs me even more. Batman’s not a perfect character and there’s some issues with him.
He’s a good character, sure, but I’m going to call him on some things. Remember that these are just my opinions and yours may vary. There’s no right answer here and thus no reason to fight.
Nerdy ramblings after the jump.
#5: He’s No Saner Than His Villains
|"He just keeps repeating that he's Batman and mumbling about clowns"|
Not to mention he’s paranoid as shit and a control freak. He spends endless amount of time keeping track of everything and is convinced that even his allies may eventually turn on him (which they do sometimes, but usually after they found out he was spying on them).
Maybe the only reason we don’t call Batman on this as much as we should is because he’s written as being very effective. I suspect in real life if Bill Gates all of a sudden put on a rat costume and started patrolling the streets of Detroit we wouldn’t be calling him a hero so much as we’d be calling men in white to take him away.
#4 He’s a Terrible Parent
|Aaaaand he got a new one by the end of the year|
|Teaches peaceful co-existence|
Trains teenagers to fight terrorits
#3: He’s a Dick
|Blue Beetle: Something dire is happening. I need your help, Bruce, or else-|
Batman: Get out of my cave before I shoot you in the face, Ted.
#2: Too Many Writers Love Him
|Batman boxing Superman, because some writers are confused|
Speaking of Batman not being all that…
1# He’s Not the World’s Smartest nor the Best Fighter
|Mr. Terrific, the world's 3rd smartest man and Batman, (apparently) the 1st|
Hell, who am I kidding? Batman's also the 2nd. Because shut up
Far more common is the “Batman as the greatest fighter in the world” notion which always gets pulled out during nerd conversations. Again this goes back to the enamored fans and writers who are so obsessed with Batman that they overestimate his skills. I can’t count how many times I’ve seen Batman get this credit but as far as I can tell there are practically half a dozen DC characters who could make Batman their whipping boy. Richard Dragon, Lady Shiva and my favorite Bronze Tiger are usually considered the three best fighters in the world and Batman’s encounters with the latter two always portrays him as not really being in their league. Cassandra Cain, who ended her solo series by defeating Lady Shiva, had always been shown to be a superior martial artist (considering she, you know, was bred to be the world’s deadliest fighter). Hell, even Black Canary, who before the reboot had become so proficient in fighting that she was one of the few people alive who could go toe-to-toe with Lady Shiva, may have surpassed Batman in martial art skill. That one’s debatable, though it would have been an interesting fight.
|Lady Shiva vs. Black Canary|
Batman should think twice about challenging the winner