posted on Sep, 6 2012 @ 07:23 AM
The fact that the Batman has no superpowers, has him clearly punching above his weight in the DC Universe. However, this allows his writers a bigger
remit to develop aspects of Bruce Wayne's personality and character. Batman wins, not from superpowers, but because he is . . . well, the Batman. We
know he's going to prevail, because he is the Batman. That's not what's important. What's important is how he wins. He wins, because he
sees every nuance, every dynamic of the fight, every option, from a uniquely human perspective, and that human perspective, despite it's obvious
flaws is very often what is lacking in the traditional Superhero.
The traditional Superhero builds a perspective unique to their particular powers. Were it not for these "gifts" how many of them would have risen
above their normal lives of obscurity? What use is Clark Kent to the World without his powers? None. Or Peter Parker? Between the pair of them, they
could probably make one decent Journalist. (And we already have Spider Jerusalem)
But Bruce Wayne has built his persona of the Batman around an already successful and remarkable man. TheBatman is Bruce Wayne's dark side. How easy
would it have been for Batman to have killed the other members of Gotham's flourishing Psycho Villains over the years? Make it seem like an accident
even, no-one would blame him. Those guys are insanely focused on their love/hate Batcrushes. The Penguin for instance. He's a comedy trope. But a
powerful Crimelord,? Nah. But this is Gotham. Some very crazy dynamic is at work.
Wayne seems to use the Arkham outpatients department as a kind of ongoing therapy group. Each of those cracked, broken vessels is vital if he is to
continue to keep the Batman under control. Without the crazy chaos of The poor, mad Joker, Bruce Wayne would not be addressing the Batman's
"issues" at all. "There, but for the grace of God" thinks Bruce.Wayne. And you know what? He's probably right.
And The Scarecrow? Bruce Wayne looks at Dr Crane, and sees the flawed genius inside, and thinks
"If only he were to use his genius in less "sociopathic" pursuits, what a towering force of good he would be"
He identifies strongly with Scarecrow because they both hammered their basic personas on the same dynamic. Fear.
But in Crane, the servant has become the master. Fear rides Crane like a bitch. So Crane becomes the Scarecrow in response. A living embodiment of
Fear powers the Batman too, but he rides it. He sublimates his Fear, and turns it outwards. Gotham's underworld Fears The Batman.
Not because he might whack them. (He won't) or because of some feud or history. You'd think they'd just laugh at his non super, vigilante
character, crippled by it's "non lethal" policies.
"A guy, right, who dresses up like a WHAT? A Bat? You have to be #tin' me, right?" They are afraid of him. All of them. The Fear Bruce Wayne uses
to keep the Batman frosty, is the fear that if he lets his rigid ethical framework start to compromise, then he may as well join them all in Arkham's
dark, fecund womb of madness.
The Batman? How is he any different to all those other costumed freaks? Superman? Green Lantern?
Or even the Joker? You might think, because Batman fights for good. But it's no longer so simple.. Golden age Batman might have rode that to work
every day, but it's not going to cut it today. We have had a while now to get used to the magnitude of Bruce Wayne's psychotic Dark Other. Of how
psychosis drives the Batman, the same as it drives Venom. Or Joker.
Batman is different, Rather than just being a vehicle for Wayne's descent into madness, he is BW's therapy technique. An utterly independent,
functioning schizoid personality, with the same tortured subconscious as BW. The same body, and routines. But when the Bat is in residence, BW is no
more than an onlooker. A moral conscience, maybe?
Absolutely. If BW became Batman only by demolishing the BW bit, then there would be no moral compass for the Batman.
Batman doesn't question whether he's doing the right thing. Bruce Wayne does all that. Every motivation he examines with the unforgiving scrutiny of
the clinically obsessive. BW deals with the psychological fallout. Batman acts.
Batman is pure action, and thus, a thing of Karma. A force that reacts to every other force it encounters. Encompasses it with an equal and opposite
response. He isn't thinking of victory, or right when he acts, just that he must act.
So, we know he's going to win. But the process of howhe wins, is what makes him so special. That's why we empathise with him so readily. Even
though it's premise as a title at all is pretty ludicrous, and it's provenance, more than a little shaky here and there, ((:lol i
The human aspect is never given a back seat with Batman just to allow some Superhero dynamic have it's head.
BW doesn't occasionally fail, because of his humanity. Rather, Batman continues to succeed, despite it.