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Batman is now a “symbol of inspiration”

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If there’s one comic book character who has actually managed to be surprisingly malleable as a symbol, it’s Batman. While Superman will always stand for justice, Wonder Woman will represent compassion and Deadpool will be a symbol of how to cash in on crippling mental problems, Batman is more than that.

Over the years, the Batman has been a murderous avenger, campy caped crusader and terror incarnate. But I like to think that he has also become something else lately: A beacon for hope. Sure, the idea of a billionaire with too much anger inside his system can be frightening, but there’s more to Bruce Wayne than just fists and gadgets wrapped up in a bat costume and abandonment issues. Depending on the writer of course.

“Today with the internet I feel like we live in a very global community, and our fears are much larger. They’re national and global — you fear terrorism and resource depletion and all this kind of stuff, and Batman can’t fight those things,” Batman writer Scott Snyder said to CBR about his final issue on the current Batman series, that ended with number 50.

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And so, what I really hope what we’ve turned him into — instead of a symbol of intimidation, which is a fine symbol to be back then — he’s kind of a symbol of inspiration. Where, instead of scaring bad people into the shadows, he brings good people out into the light, and inspires us to be the best versions of ourselves that we can be, and overcome our fear — like you’re saying — fear is playing a large part in this mythology.

I think he says, no matter what Gotham throws you, no matter what terrifying thing it generates for you to face, you can overcome that in your life. And I feel that’s why he’s such an enduring character, and why he’s endlessly so fun to write. Because people always joke about “Batman always wins” whenever I say like, you know, “X-Men vs. Avengers, who wins? Batman always wins no matter who it is.”

But he wins in a way that’s funny, but he also wins in a way that isn’t funny, which is he teaches us that no matter what the obstacle and no matter how entrenched or intractable the kind of issue we’re facing seems, you can make baby steps toward it. And that’s what Batman is. And so for me, that’s what we were trying to end on, was this sense of problems that Bloom is pointing to are things that will not be solved in this arc, but what Batman says is it’s worth trying.

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I like that. I like the idea that began all the way back in 2005 with the Batman Begins film, of Bruce Wayne being an incorruptible symbol who brings out the best in people by beating the worst of them. Snyder’s fiftieth issue of the Batman run essentially reset the character for future writers, creating a revitalised dark knight who was back to peak fighting form as he saved the city from Mr Bloom and his seeds. A rather good read, that reminds that while Bruce Wayne will always be the Batman, anyone can be a hero.

Last Updated: April 6, 2016

56 Comments

  1. Batman is now a symbol of inspiration – thank God Affleck wasn’t mentioned.

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    • Hammersteyn

      April 6, 2016 at 13:41

      You didn’t like AfflecK?

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      • RinceThis

        April 6, 2016 at 13:49

        Don’t. Just, don’t 0_O

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        • Hammersteyn

          April 6, 2016 at 13:51

          lol

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      • GooseZA

        April 6, 2016 at 13:50

        I thought Ben did a great job in BvS. Don’t understand all the negativity around him.

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        • RinceThis

          April 6, 2016 at 13:50

          I haven’t seen much negativity actually. The only negatives I have seen were story related, as in, he kills everything.

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          • GooseZA

            April 6, 2016 at 13:51

            Yeah that was definitely weird, seeing Batman shooting guns.

          • RinceThis

            April 6, 2016 at 13:52

            I loved it. About bloody time he maned up!

          • GooseZA

            April 6, 2016 at 13:53

            Are you saying the cowl needs a glorious flowing mane? Like a stallion?

          • RinceThis

            April 6, 2016 at 13:53

            Haha! Yes, in pink!

          • Hammersteyn

            April 6, 2016 at 13:53

            Manned up? He almost slit Superman’s throat

          • GooseZA

            April 6, 2016 at 14:03

            Or even a Lion?!?!

            I can see it now… THUNDERBATS!

          • RinceThis

            April 6, 2016 at 14:03

            Take my money!

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            April 6, 2016 at 14:04

            BY THE POWER OF BATCAVE!

          • GooseZA

            April 6, 2016 at 14:05

            THUNDER! THUNDER! THUNDER! THUNDERBATS! HOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!

          • Hammersteyn

            April 6, 2016 at 14:16

            ^THIS!

          • Darren Peach

            April 6, 2016 at 14:07

            What ? He shoots guns ? Did a bullet bounce off Superman’s eyelash ?

          • Hammersteyn

            April 6, 2016 at 13:52

            The Joker would be proud

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            April 6, 2016 at 13:53

            I remember a metric ton of wailing and gnashing of teeth from the perpetually unhappy fan boys when he was cast.

          • Hammersteyn

            April 6, 2016 at 13:54

            I took the Hedger approach, as in wait for the movie before casting judgement

          • GooseZA

            April 6, 2016 at 13:54

            Yup, incredibly tough for anyone to step into this role. But then again, people lost their minds over Heath Ledger being cast as the Joker, and boy were they wrong on that one.

          • RinceThis

            April 6, 2016 at 13:54

            Yeah, I do too. I mean after. Most of what I have seen has been praise, even by the critics who hated the movie.

          • Hammersteyn

            April 6, 2016 at 13:54

            The best part of the movie was Batman

          • RinceThis

            April 6, 2016 at 13:55

            Damn straight.

          • Hammersteyn

            April 6, 2016 at 13:57

            I feel bad for Superman, most of the time he played where’s Lois. That’s why I like the new animated movies where him and Wonder Woman are dating. No more damsel in distress to keep him from helping Batman

          • RinceThis

            April 6, 2016 at 13:58

            Me too. I like Henry Cavill, think he is a goo actor, just hasn’t been given a decent script yet.

          • Hammersteyn

            April 6, 2016 at 13:58

            goo actor? Like a baby. Ag shame he’s trying his best

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            April 6, 2016 at 13:59

            He’d be perfect for Slimer in the new Ghostbusters.

          • RinceThis

            April 6, 2016 at 13:59

            Goooooey!

          • Hammersteyn

            April 6, 2016 at 14:00

            XD

          • RinceThis

            April 6, 2016 at 14:00

            Haha!

          • GooseZA

            April 6, 2016 at 13:56

            Despite that, I’m really loving what they’re doing with Superman. Honestly feels like a hero I can get behind, a symbol of hope bla bla bla. I used to think Supes was a silly hero, too powerful, but now I get it.

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            April 6, 2016 at 13:58

            I enjoy it too, it’s far more grounded & real, which sounds odd given what we’re talking about overall.

          • Hammersteyn

            April 6, 2016 at 13:59

            Exactly

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            April 6, 2016 at 13:56

            Yeah, now most of them are just sulking about being wrong & trying to justify their bs.

          • RinceThis

            April 6, 2016 at 13:57

            Lol. That too!

          • Hammersteyn

            April 6, 2016 at 14:01

            They’re eating crow, or in this case, bats

        • Hammersteyn

          April 6, 2016 at 13:50

          Same here. He might even turn out better than Michael Keaton.

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          • RinceThis

            April 6, 2016 at 13:51

            He already has. I think bestestestest Batman Everest!

          • Darren Peach

            April 6, 2016 at 14:10

            Arentest youest sickest ofest Batmanest andest comicest bookest movieests .est

          • Darren Peach

            April 6, 2016 at 14:08

            Yo Yo Yo Yo, Eish babba, Yo.

          • Darren Peach

            April 6, 2016 at 14:11

            That’s my youth you are playing with.

        • Darren Peach

          April 6, 2016 at 14:01

          Did the glare from his chin not blind you ?

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          • GooseZA

            April 6, 2016 at 14:01

            The 3D glasses did a good job keeping things normalised 😉

          • Darren Peach

            April 6, 2016 at 14:02

            Phew..

          • Hammersteyn

            April 6, 2016 at 14:02

            I implanted kryptonite in his jaw, hence the beating Superman got and the glare you saw 😛

  2. Hammersteyn

    April 6, 2016 at 13:41

    • Original Heretic

      April 6, 2016 at 13:48

      But…how?!?
      Oh, wait, I know.
      He rips an eyeball out, crawls inside and actually takes control via electro shock with his bat taser inside Galactus’s brain. Then proceeds to run rampant through the entire Marvel universe, killing everything he can see.
      In the end he emerges, bloody but victorious, an intones…
      “I’m Batman.”

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      • Hammersteyn

        April 6, 2016 at 13:49

        Rofl

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      • The D

        April 6, 2016 at 14:10

        He shows Galactus a DVD of The Dark Knight Rises, the cosmic god declares our planet to be already dead and he pisses off to eat some other civilisation.

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        • RinceThis

          April 6, 2016 at 14:13

          lol

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        • Hammersteyn

          April 6, 2016 at 14:17

          Just keep Galactus away from the Fantastic Four sequel

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          • Darren Peach

            April 6, 2016 at 14:25

            Fantastic Four ? Really ? I suppose if you squeeze your eyes very tight and listen to a audio book about Winnie the Pooh while watching Fantastic Four, it may be worthy.

          • Ir0nseraph

            April 6, 2016 at 15:45

            Please no sequel.

  3. Darren Peach

    April 6, 2016 at 14:22

    But seriously, Bale had throat cancer, Affleck has a growth on his head….wait, no, that’s his chin, All Keaton ever did was poke expensive art…..with a pen. Mind you, Keaton was responsible for Val and Clooney and his nipples.

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  4. Gr8_Balls_o_Fire

    April 7, 2016 at 13:20

    Hold up.. He was battling a flower?

    A fucking FLOWER??

    I’m pretty sure I can see him kicking a FLOWER.

    What drugs? I want

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