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Subj: Yes. It was cynical deconstructionism that was killing the character
Posted: Tue Nov 27, 2007 at 08:33:13 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
What Batman TAS got so right is that the story resonates more when we actually LIKE Bruce. When we BELIEVE that he deserves a life in the sunlight...but is noble enough to forsake it to prevent what happened to him from happening to us.
That is what makes him a hero!
Super psycho-ninja Batman with new, fast action meaness powers is an immature, emotionally stunted, crybaby.
That characterization makes bruce a mere vessel of his obsession.
He doesn't choose anything...like many paranoid people, who are brutally mean to those they care about, that batman was scared of being close to anyone for fear of loss.
What I hate about Psycho Batman is that, at the core, he really is weak.
Batmam should have an edge and should be prepared, but he shouldn't be incapable of loving or trusting those who deserve respect.
Otherwise bruce falls into the same trap that tony stark is currently in _ in which every story becomes a lesson about his weaknesses and moral failings. Such characters attract such stories because even the writers can't like Thor-cloning, mass deception loving, negative zone jailing, spiderman screwing Tony Stark.
In the same vein, writers will always want to show up Alfred bashing, brother eye creating, dick grayson firing, JLA protocol producing, humorless batman.
The darkness of the story comes from the world of shadows and how it can affect Bruce, not from Bruce's pychosis!
> ***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.
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