Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Some people shouldn't have keyboards...

I stand by that assertion.

When you let everyone have access to a keyboard, the internet gets inundated with stupidity and we end up with the worst of all possible products, meeting only the lowest common denominator. That's a pet peeve of mine, and it is on display in exceptional form right here:

http://www.comicbookmovie.com/fansites/JakeLester/news/?a=27110

I could go into an in-depth analysis of the critique that is provided by the writer, but I think we'd be better off simply acknowledging that what he was actually attempting was a very tongue-in-cheek comedy piece. There's no other excuse for completely missing the point of any and all conflicts with Batman.


Almost no Batman conflict is centered on the physical capabilities of the World's Greatest Detective. True, at most points in the story we get to see his unparalleled martial skills in action, but the real battle almost always takes place in the mental arena. From that perspective, we can hardly dismiss Penguin's value as an adversary with a simple "look at him."

I think the thing that stands out the most to me, is that even in his comedic vein, the author attempts to explore why Batman always wins physical fights, but carefully manages to avoid reflecting on any of the physically competent and dangerous villains who regularly fit into Batman's rogue's gallery. I'm not referring to fringe personalities like Amygdala either. I'm talking about Bane (the man who broke the Bat!) or R'as Al Ghul (who I consider Batman's most perfect nemesis.)


The author does admit that they did the ones they wanted to, so we know he was motivated by his ability to accomplish his comedic goals.

Still, focusing on Bruce's martial skills is a mistake that plenty of his adversaries have made. He doesn't win the fight with his body though; he wins the fight before it's even begun!

1 comment:

Aaron said...

Riddler.

He went after Two Face and the Penguin, but just left the Riddler hangin' in the wind.

Doesn't the over-simplification of pop culture always doom characters to become shallow parodies of themselves? Unless the character is spiderman...in which case pop culture actually adds depth.