BATMAN: Metahuman or Not?

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QUESTION: Is Batman just a rich man with toys or is he a metahuman?

About a week ago, I got into a discussion about Batman with some friends. I stated that he is just a rich man with toys and they got visually offended and argued that he is in fact a metahuman. Not wanting to speak out of turn, I did a little research to figure out what the heck they were talking about.

Let me start by saying, Batman is NOT my favorite superhero. I like his origin story. As a young boy, Bruce Wayne, witnesses his parents being murdered by a mugger. That experience drives him to fight crime in Gotham City, he does so by taking on the identity of Batman.  Pretty cool, but just wanting to fight crime doesn’t make him a metahuman.

Batman, from what I know of him… through movies alone – I admit I have not read the comics… but what I know of him, Bruce Wayne, or rather Batman has no inherent superhuman abilities. He simply relies on his own scientific knowledge, detective skills, and athletic abilities. He is smart… very smart, but the last time I checked being intelligent doesn’t make you a metahuman. If it did, wouldn’t geniuses like Isaac Newton, Leonardo da Vinci, Galileo, and Von Goethe all be considered metahumans?

The thing is, the appeal for me, and so many others, is that Bruce Wayne is in fact NOT a metahuman. It’s a huge redeeming factor for him. Batman, like the Green Arrow are just really good at what they do, but they aren’t metahumans. They don’t have any special skills or powers.

Sure, Batman is the worlds greatest detective… So was Sherlock Holmes, but no one ever called him a metahuman! The cool thing about Batman is that he doesn’t need powers. He is the only superhero in the trinity (Superman, Wonder Woman, and Batman) who doesn’t have special powers. He is one of the only members of the current Justice League lineup who doesn’t have metahuman abilities and that is awesome! The appeal of Batman has always been that he is simply a rich man with toys who wants to make Gotham City a better place and rid it of crime. His super power is his money and he uses his money for good.

Now, with that said, with the introduction of the Dark Knights: Metal comic book in 2017… which dealt with the weird metals in the DC universe… it seems that we’re being told that Batman was actually exposed to Dionysian, one of these dark metals, which has given him metahuman like powers. Basically, metahumans are created by these dark metals and since Batman was exposed to the metals, he is now being called a metahuman. What does being a metahuman allow Batman to do that he couldn’t do before when he was merely human? Well, he now has the ability to overcoming his injuries and he is stronger and more powerful than he has ever been.

I guess, technically he is a metahuman because this dark metal now runs through his veins… but I still just see him as a rich man with toys. What do you think, is Batman a rich man with toys or a metahuman?

MY FAVORITE BATMAN:

Michael Keaton will always be my batman. However, the list of actors who’ve played batman is pretty amazing. from the very first batman; Lewis Wilson in 1943 to Ben Affleck in 2017. Not to mention Dante Pereira-Olson who will be playing Batman in the soon to be released Joker on October 4, 2019 or Robert Pattinson who will be playing Batman in The Batman which is set to be released some time in June of 2021.

COMMENT BELOW AND TELL ME WHAT ACTOR PLAYED YOUR FAVORITE BATMAN!


Batman (Throughout History):

FILM U.S. RELEASE DATE ACTOR DIRECTOR
Batman 7/16/1943 Lewis Wilson Lambert Hillyer
Batman and Robin 6/26/1949 Robert Lowery Spencer Gordon Bennet
Batman: The Movie 7/30/1966 Adam West Leslie H. Martinson
Batman 6/23/1989 Michael Keaton Tim Burton
Batman Returns 6/19/1992 Michael Keaton Tim Burton
Batman Forever 6/16/1995 Val Kilmer Joel Schumacher
Batman & Robin 6/20/1997 George Clooney Joel Schumacher
Batman Begins 6/25/2005 Christian Bale Christopher Nolan
The Dark Knight 7/18/2008 Christian Bale Christopher Nolan
The Dark Knight Rises 7/20/2012 Christian Bale Christopher Nolan
Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice 3/25/2016 Ben Affleck Zack Snyder
Suicide Squad 8/5/2016 Ben Affleck David Ayer
Justice League 11/17/2017 Ben Affleck Zack Snyder
*Joker October 2, 2019 Dante Pereira-Olson Todd Phillips
*The Batman 6/25/2021 Robert Pattison Matt Reeves

MY FAVORITE BATMAN QUOTES:

“It’s not who I am underneath, but what I do that defines me.” ~ Bruce Wayne / Batman

“All men have limits. They learn what they are and learn not to exceed them. I ignore mine.” ~ Batman

“I wear a mask. And that mask, it’s not to hide who I am, but to create what I am.” ~ Batman

What do you think?

I want to know what you think… Where do you fall in the Batman: Human Vs. Metahuman debate? Comment below and let me know. I still believe he is human, but I’d love for someone to convince me otherwise!

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Week 29 – #WritingWednesday Challenge

Today is the 29th Edition of #WritingWednesday!!!

Remember, #WritingWednesday is an EASY, STRESS-FREE, weekly writing challenge.

  • Read the writing prompt below,
  • Spend 5 minutes writing (in your own voice or the voice of a character you’re writing) whatever comes to mind,
  • DON’T EDIT what you write! IT DOES NOT HAVE TO BE PERFECT!

The goal is 5 minutes of creativity.

Today, I am writing in my own voice. As a mom, this writing prompt really spoke to me!

Today’s writing prompt:

What do you think is the most important thing for today’s kids to learn in school?

When I was growing up, school was all about projects, research, learning, and even discovering new things. Sure, I was a kid so I thought of it as work… I complained about all the homework and tests and time. Yes, it took time to get everything done. We didn’t have the internet. We didn’t have access to unlimited knowledge at our fingertips. We actually had to go to the library, search the stacks, and often time resort to reading the encyclopedia to find the information we needed.

Today, school seems all about test scores and less about actual learning. Sure, kids do gain knowledge from attending classes, but more importantly I think they gain social skills. Outside of the classroom, kids are often sitting with their noses pointed at either a phone, a computer, or some form of gaming device. Kids don’t interact the same way they did when I was younger. If I wanted to talk to a friend, I had to call them on the phone (which was connected to the wall with a cord) and have a real-life conversation. Today communication is done through sending photos, emojis, and poorly written (often abbreviated) text messages. I fear that kids are losing the social skills that are essential to a successful future. That is why I feel that the most important thing for kids to learn in school is communication!

© 2019 Nina Soden


Alright, now it’s your turn. I’d love to see what today’s writing prompt inspires in you. So, if you are willing, go to the comment section below and start typing. Take 5 minutes and let’s see what you come up with! 

What do you think is the most important thing for today’s kids to learn in school?


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Are you working on a manuscript, but need a little help getting organized? Check out SO YOU WANT TO WRITE A BOOK ~ An Indie Author Guide to Outlining and Planning Your Next Novel it isn’t just for indie-authors. I have filled it with all the tools I’ve learned over the years and use on a regular basis with each book I write.

Want help meeting your writing goals? Check out JUST WRITE: The Ultimate Author’s Bullet Journal a planner-journal hybrid to help new and experienced writers stay organized while still fostering creativity. Track your progress with daily/monthly word count goals. Plan your writing/publishing goals, manage your to do list, never miss another deadline or appointment again, keep track of writing ideas, schedule/log social sharing and blog post ideas, keep a record of books you’re reading or want to read, maintain a running playlist, etc.


The Power of Napping #MindfulnessMonday 8/26/19

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Today’s #MindfulnessMonday Tip: Feeling exhausted or just not yourself? Take a nap!

The Power of Napping:

  1. Napping can boost your immune system.
  2. Napping can improve both your daytime and your nighttime alertness.
  3. Napping plus a little caffeine boost are a one-two punch against sleepiness.
  4. Napping can help you learn new skills and improve your memory.
  5. Napping can improve your physical stamina.
  6. Napping for as little as 90-minutes is as good as a full night’s sleep for perceptual learning.

Today’s Mindfulness Exercise: ENERGY BOOSTING NAP!

Studies show that taking a 10 to 20-minute nap in the middle of the day can help boost your energy and get you right back in the swing of thigs immediately after you wake up. Need a little memory jogger or are you focusing on a big project with quickly approaching deadlines? A 60-minute nap is a great way to increase focus and an excellent memory booster.

With that in mind, what type of nap do you need today?

I want you to allow yourself a little time, even if its just 10-20 minutes in your car on your lunch break, to close your eyes and take a nap. Napping gives your brain a reboot. When you wake up, you’re refreshed and ready to get back at it. *Note: Make sure you set an alarm on your phone or other devise to ensure you wake up on time.

Mindfulness Journaling:

Today’s mindfulness journal is a two-part journaling exercise.

PART 1 – Prior to your energy boosting nap, write down how you’re feeling. What is your energy level on a scale of 1 to 10? Do you feel like you got enough sleep last night? How many cups of coffee have you had today and do you think you’ll have another?

PART 2 – After your energy boosting nap, write down how you’re feeling. Did you fall asleep quickly? Was it easy to wake up? Do you feel more or less productive after your nap?

Mindfulness journaling can be very private. However, I would love to invite you to comment below and share your experiences with the ‘Clean a Room Mindfully’ exercise.


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The Power of Napping

Mindfulness Isn’t MAGIC

10 Mindfulness Tips for Everyday Practice!

Mindfulness in the Workplace

7 Tips for Bringing Mindfulness into Your Life!


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Week 28 – #WritingWednesday Challenge

Today is the 28th Edition of #WritingWednesday!!!

Sorry this post is a day late, but hopefully not a dollar short!

Remember, #WritingWednesday is an EASY, STRESS-FREE, weekly writing challenge.

  • Read the writing prompt below,
  • Spend 5 minutes writing (in your own voice or the voice of a character you’re writing) whatever comes to mind,
  • DON’T EDIT what you write! IT DOES NOT HAVE TO BE PERFECT!

The goal is 5 minutes of creativity.

Today I am writing in the voice of Tanja, one of the characters in the novel I am currently outlining. I’m not sure if this will be a selection in the novel, or just part of my character development journal.

Today’s writing prompt:

What is the best advice you’ve ever been given?

When I was just a girl, growing up in New Orleans, my mother told me, “If your good and quiet, you’ll be able to hear the voices of your ancestors.” I was naive, so I believed her. I tried so hard. Every day I’d sit in the corner of our living room, staring at nothing, focusing on voices that weren’t there. Then, one day, I heard a voice. It was faint, almost a whisper.

“The ritual won’t work if you don’t spill a little blood, Clara.” It was my mother. She was talking to my Aunt Clara on the phone, whispering in the kitchen.

That night, I followed them to the graveyard just around the corner from our house. You wouldn’t believe me if I told you what I saw; It’s been over twenty years and I still can’t believe it. It doesn’t matter that I can raise the dead now too, much less talk to them. It’s still so surreal.

You want to know the best advice I’ve ever been given? That’s easy. That night, standing there in the dark hiding behind a tree so my mother and my aunt wouldn’t see me, they brought my great grandma back from the dead. She looked passed them, straight at me, pointed her decayed finger at me and called me out of the dark. Then, standing just three feet away from my mother, who’s mouth was clenched with fear and anger, my grandmother told me, “It’s in your blood too, and child, you are powerful. Learn from your mother. Learn everything, because one day she won’t be here to protect you and you’ll need to know how to protect yourself.”

Less than a year later, my mother died.

© 2019 Nina Soden


Alright, now it’s your turn. I’d love to see what today’s writing prompt inspires in you. So, if you are willing, go to the comment section below and start typing. Take 5 minutes and let’s see what you come up with! 

What is the best advice you’ve ever been given?


What books have made your August reading list? Check out the New York Times bestsellers for August 2019 by CLICKING HERE!


Are you an author who is looking for ways to stay organized and on track with all your writing goals? Check out my author workbooks below. They are full of all the tools I use in my writing process!

Are you working on a manuscript, but need a little help getting organized? Check out SO YOU WANT TO WRITE A BOOK ~ An Indie Author Guide to Outlining and Planning Your Next Novel. It isn’t just for indie-authors. I have filled it with all the tools I’ve learned over the years and use on a regular basis with each book I write.

Want help meeting your writing goals? Check out JUST WRITE: The Ultimate Author’s Bullet Journal a planner-journal hybrid to help new and experienced writers stay organized while still fostering creativity. Track your progress with daily/monthly word count goals. Plan your writing/publishing goals, manage your to do list, never miss another deadline or appointment again, keep track of writing ideas, schedule and log social sharing and blog post ideas, keep a record of books you’re reading or want to read, maintain a running playlist, etc.


Author Interview ~ Hanna Abi Akl

I’d like to welcome Author Hanna Abi Akl to my site.

Let’s start by finding out a little bit about you!

What is your name and do you write under a pen name? My name is Hanna Abi Akl. I stick to my original name when writing and don’t use a pen name.

Where do you call home? Paris, France.

Do you have any hobbies, other than writing? What do you enjoy doing? Reading, listening to music, and playing my guitar.

What is your greatest dream? To live in a small remote house by the beach and write quietly and peacefully.

What is the most terrible thing that ever happened to you? Losing my father when I was 13.

What or who inspired you to start writing? And how long have you been writing? I was inspired by some great writers I had the chance of reading, most notably Charles Bukowski and John Fante. I felt they were talking to me through their books so many years after they were published and that’s what got me into writing. I’ve been writing seriously since college and published my first novel at 23.

What is your greatest fear? Failure.

Do you prefer e-books, paperbacks, hard-covers or audio-books? Paperback or hard-covers. Anything in print.

Have you ever read a book more than once? And if so what was it? Factotum by Charles Bukowski.

What is your opinion of novellas? I’m all for them.

Have you ever read a book just based on its cover? “God is Dead” by Ron Currie Jr.

What is your favorite film based on a book? The Shawshank Redemption based on the work by Stephen King. Close seconds are Ask The Dust and Factotum.

What is your favorite book genre at the moment? Literary fiction. I especially enjoy dirty realism.

What book are you reading at the moment? And in what format? “Slouching Toward Nirvana” by Charles Bukowski in paperback.

If you could invite any four (4) celebrities (alive or dead) to your dinner party, who would you invite and why? Charles Bukowski, John Fante, Charles Baudelaire and Ernest Hemingway. I think they each have their distorted view of reality they’d like to make us part of. Plus, they’re all good drinkers!

Let’s shift somewhat and talk about your latest story.

What is the name of your most recent book and if you had to sum it up in 20 or fewer words, what would you say? The book is titled “It’s a Big Big World”. The work is a novel. It’s the story of an up-and-coming writer trying to get published while having moved to another country. It deals with the themes of immigration, institutionalization, society, and love.

Is the above book part of a series? No.

How did you come up with the cover? Who designed the cover of your book(s)? The cover was made to be simple and vague, just like the book title. It is based off a circle, which could easily be interpreted as a globe or the world. It was designed by a small subsidiary team of my publisher.

Did you listen to any particular songs while writing your book(s)? Classical music, mostly Chopin, Mozart, Beethoven.

How did you come up with the title for your book(s)? I was aiming for something simple and that could reflect a feeling of overwhelming vastness at the same time.

In your latest novel, who is the lead character and can you tell us a little about him/her? The protagonist is John Kaliba. He is a stubborn, opinionated, semi-alcoholic up-and-coming writer who has just published his first book.

What is your character’s greatest strengths? His passion for writing and his love for Diane.

And what are his/her greatest weaknesses? Stubbornness, alcohol problems, detachment, pride.

What’s a positive quality that your character is unaware that he or she has? His indomitable will to be different and stay true to himself. Not follow the herd.

Let’s talk now about your writing process.

What is your writing style like? Are you a pantster or a plotter? I write in a concise, economical, lyrical style. My writing is a stream-of-consciousness so I prefer to sit down and write instead of outlining.

What’s the best advice that you have been given when it comes to writing? The final judge of writing is the writer himself.

Where can your readers follow you?


Other Books By Hanna Abi Akl:

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Captain Marvel (2019) Movie Review

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  • TITLE: Captain Marvel (2019)
  • DIRECTORS: Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck
  • SCREENPLAY WRITERS: Anna Boden, Ryan Fleck, and Geneva Robertson-Dworet
  • STARS: Brie Larson (Carol Danvers/Captain Marvel), Samuel L. Jackson (Nick Fury), and Ben Mendelsohn (Talos/Keller)
  • GENRE(S): Action | Adventure | Sci-Fi
  • RUNTIME: 123 minutes

SHOW RATING OVERVIEW ★★★ (3.5)
Writing/Story: ★★★ | Cinematography:  ★★★ Computer-Generated Imagery (CGI): ★★★★★ Character(s)/Acting: ★★★

IMDB BLURB:

Carol Danvers becomes one of the universe’s most powerful heroes when Earth is caught in the middle of a galactic war between two alien races.

IMDB STORY LINE:

After crashing an experimental aircraft, Air Force pilot Carol Danvers is discovered by the Kree and trained as a member of the elite Starforce Military under the command of her mentor Yon-Rogg. Six years later, after escaping to Earth while under attack by the Skrulls, Danvers begins to discover there’s more to her past. With help from S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Nick Fury, they set out to unravel the truth.

MY 2 CENTS:

Writing/Story: ★★★ The Marvel Cinematic Universe is finally introduced to Carol Danvers, played by Brie Larson. She learns about her past, she discovers who she is, and she finds herself caught in the middle of a war between two alien races and realizes she is more powerful than she ever knew or thought possible.

Carol Danvers is the everyday woman turned female hero. In my opinion, we don’t have enough female heroes on screen so I was really looking forward to this one. Unfortunately, I was disappointed. I understand that when the lead character doesn’t know anything about their past, it can be difficult to tell the story and portray that disassociation to the audience. With Carol Danvers, we learn about her past at the same time she does, through audio recordings and short flashes of things that happened in her past. It’s similar to when you’re reading a book and the author just word vomits all over you, telling you what happened instead of showing you. I wanted to see Carol physically discovering her powers, reacting to things instinctively, which would then lead to sparks of memories. Instead, more often than not these memories were brought on by the audio recordings, the short flashes of memory, and her visits with the Supreme Intelligence (played by Annette Bening) which is somehow supposed to tell her or show her what she most desires… I won’t even get into that because it was just a really strange plot line to me.  

Honestly, for me, this was more of a Nick Fury movie… It was my first experience really getting to know the Character of Nick Fury and I thought Samuel L. Jackson did a great job with the role. I loved seeing the younger version of Nick Fury since my only other experience with him was in Spiderman: Far from Home earlier this year. Captain Marvel was more of a buddy cop movie staring Brie Larson and Samuel L. Jackson. Or an amnesia self-discover movie… or maybe it’s a fish out of water movie since she comes to earth and has no idea how earth operates.

Cinematography ★★★ Visually, there just wasn’t much to talk about with this film. There isn’t a whole lot of style with this one. This film felt like a series of storyboard moments. The actors are intentionally framed, and their performing but there is no really remarkable style to speak of. That isn’t to say there aren’t good moments. There are. There are a couple really fun fight sequences and a cool slow-motion walk to the space craft, but other than that there just isn’t a lot of visual style to it.

Computer-Generated Imagery (CGI):  ★★★★★ I have to say one of the most noteworthy aspects of this film was the CGI done to de-age Samuel L. Jackson and Clark Gregg (Agent Coulson). Truly amazing CGI. If for no other reason than to see the stunning CGI work, this one is worth the TV rental fee. After the first scene or two, I stopped noticing and they seemed completely natural, which to me is the sign of a truly gifted CGI team. If you stop noticing the CGI and it starts blending into the rest of the film then you know they’ve done a great job.

Character(s)/Acting: ★★★ I felt like Brie Larson, although maybe not my choice for Carol Danvers, she did have some good moments. The chemistry between her and Samuel L. Jackson was fun to watch. They played nicely off of each other and the banter back and forth was very clever and entertaining.

Like I said, Brie Larson wouldn’t really be my choice for Carol Danvers. It isn’t because I don’t think she is a good actress, I do. I loved her in Room, and honestly think she is fantastic in the right role. However, in this film she just wasn’t the right choice. She doesn’t seem to fit the strong superhero persona. Her acting style felt forced and she seemed stiff and uncomfortable in the costume, and her movements were choppy, rather than fluid, during the fight sequences.

Although I felt like Lashana Lynch did a decent job at Maria, Carol’s best friend, there just didn’t seem to be much chemistry between the two actresses. Sure, Carol doesn’t have any memory of their friendship, but Maria does… There should have been some sign of that internal struggle she would have been feeling having lost her best friend, thinking she was dead for years, and then having her show up on her doorstep. I just wish there had been more of an emotional connection between the two of them. Without that, I just didn’t really care for the characters.

MY FAVORITE QUOTE:

“I’m not gonna fight your war. I’m gonna end it.” ~ Carol Danvers

 Honestly, this is a pretty good superhero quote and to me, probably the most superhero thing Carol Danvers says in this film.

TO SUM IT UP:

I was more disappointed than I was entertained. The movie isn’t terrible… but it’s not great… it just seemed to fall flat.


Have you seen Captain Marvel yet? If you have let me know, in the comments below, what you thought of it! As always, I do recommend seeing this film and finding out for yourself what you think of it. My opinions might not line up with yours and you might just love the film.


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It’s You… by Nina Soden

Who looks across a crowded room and knows with just a glance, the things my heart is feeling in every circumstance?

Who holds me when I’m feeling blue and listens to my woes, then hugs my heart with gentle words until that feeling goes?

Who knows me by what I hide, but loves me with the promise that he’ll stay right by my side?

Who comforts and protects me, no matter what life brings – It’s you, the man who fills my life with a million happy things!

Dedicated to my amazing husband and my beautiful children.

(c) copyright 2008 ~ Nina Soden

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