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Subj: Sorry, but I think you might be! :)
Posted: Mon Nov 26, 2007 at 05:26:23 am EST
Reply Subj: Am I the only one who liked paranoid slightly crazy Batman?
Posted: Sat Nov 24, 2007 at 09:07:20 am EST

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***I think that the DCU needed somebody who was willing to do whatever it took to be prepared for all eventualities. Not too many super hero friends, but allies, who were still uneasy with him. When Batman is in the room everybody should shut up because he is that dangerous. The Bat-family almost could have been it's own league and with their brains, detective work and just plain old instinct could take out anyone with just a little bit of prep...I havent read Batman in a while but a friend told me he is a lot friendlier now...I don't like that.

> ***I think that the DCU needed somebody who was willing to do whatever it took to be prepared for all eventualities. Not too many super hero friends, but allies, who were still uneasy with him. When Batman is in the room everybody should shut up because he is that dangerous. The Bat-family almost could have been it's own league and with their brains, detective work and just plain old instinct could take out anyone with just a little bit of prep...

Whilst the personality traits you describe sound interesting, they just don't make for a good Batman IMHO. Batman is smart, and a planner, sure, but if he can't be surprised by something low level then he lacks a humanity which makes him engaging.

>I havent read Batman in a while but a friend told me he is a lot friendlier now...I don't like that.

Perhaps not so much "friendly" as "less arrogantly presumptious of his own superiority" or "less hostile towards people whose only 'crime' is being superhuman".

The paranoid control freak Batman of recent years, never asking for help, blanking out his sons (Dick and Tim) and family (Oracle, Alfred et al) never mind allies and colleagues who are deserving of his respect, actively put me off picking up any comic he was in.




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