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Blue Beetle

In Reply To
Blue Jay

Subj: Re: Cautious yes, paranoid no.
Posted: Sat Nov 24, 2007 at 03:56:55 pm EST
Reply Subj: Re: Cautious yes, paranoid no.
Posted: Sat Nov 24, 2007 at 03:16:06 pm EST

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> Man, am I gonna get sh** for this, but if you don't like a friendly Batman, pick up All Star Batman and Robin.
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> Yeah, I liked the paranoid Batman too.

I like a cautious Batman. One that has kryptonite in case Superman goes rouge and is prepared for emergencies. However, I do not like a paranoid untrusting madman that trusts no one, not even his sidekicks and has strategies with weapons ready to take out his friends in the Justice League he helped create.

The definitive Batman thinks of all good people as friends, calls them such and trusts them.

> > Man, am I gonna get sh** for this, but if you don't like a friendly Batman, pick up All Star Batman and Robin.
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> > Yeah, I liked the paranoid Batman too.
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> I like a cautious Batman. One that has kryptonite in case Superman goes rouge and is prepared for emergencies. However, I do not like a paranoid untrusting madman that trusts no one, not even his sidekicks and has strategies with weapons ready to take out his friends in the Justice League he helped create.
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> The definitive Batman thinks of all good people as friends, calls them such and trusts them.


I agree with your perspective. It makes total sense to me that Batman would carry a piece of kryptonite in case Superman gets mind-controlled or a new, evil Kryptonian appears. He would also keep a flame-thrower handy, for whatever uses flame might be good for, and to help fight Martian Manhunter if need be. But the Morrison exaggeration of this line of thought just went too far, as Morrison is prone to do.

I also agree with Omar Karindu's comments. If Batman is allegedly a super-mastermind with plans on top of plans, then why is it that his standard approach is to dive into the midst of criminals and start punching? DC should at least be consistent.

And the very idea that Batman doesn't trust Nightwing or Robin or Oracle or Batgirl... frankly, it's offensive to me.