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by Kristine Kathryn Ruschon Batman
First, a disclaimer: I like Batman. He is my favorite superhero. He’s not true blue and loyal like Superman, but then he’s not in love with the dumbest reporter on the planet, either. He’s also not a young kid given incredible powers (by a radioactive spider, no less) who learns to properly use those powers while whining about it.
Batman doesn’t whine. He never whined–not when his parents were murdered in front of him, not when he realized he was the only one who could save Gotham City from itself, not when he had to sacrifice love and a personal life to do his real job.
Unlike Superman, Batman never professes to be doing what he does for truth, justice, and the American Way. I’m not sure Batman believes in any of those things–except his truth and his justice.
And, oddly enough, that makes him the most American of all the superheroes. And … read more»
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