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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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BONUS… Joker (Release Date: Oct. 2, 2019) Trailer: