Why Batman is my Favorite Superhero
Why is Batman my favorite superhero? That question is both easy to answer and yet difficult at the same time. I love Batman, I love almost everything about him, but the main reasons why Batman is my favorite Superhero are because he’s not “super”, his power is his intelligence, he doesn’t kill and he is just flat out awesome.
Batman isn’t “Super”
Most of the time when someone says the word “superhero” people think of heroes like Superman, the Flash, Wonder Woman, Spiderman and so on. Heroes with amazing gifts, strengths and powers. But Batman isn’t like that. He isn’t an alien, he wasn’t hit by lightning, or bitten by some mutant spider. No. Batman is just a man. And that is one of the reasons I love him so much.
Since Batman doesn’t have things like super strength, super speed or invulnerability, he has to find new ways around the problems he is faced with and one of those ways is the fact that Batman just doesn’t give up, he never quits.
Although not in the comics, there is a prime example of this in “The Dark Knight Rises”, when Bane breaks Batman’s back. Does Batman just give in? Does he just roll over and say “Oh well, I tried”? NO. Bane broke his back for goodness sakes, and what does Bruce Wayne do? He gets back up. He pushes through the pain and agony, and gets back in the fight. And I think that is amazing.
Another way Batman gets around not having super powers is his planning. Batman has a contingency plan for everything. He even has plans to take out the Justice League if he needed to use them (see JLA: The Tower of Babel [it’s in JLA Vol. 4] or the movie Justice League Doom).
In the New 52 Batman still has plans for everyone, including himself (which he gives to Superman). But that’s what Batman does, he plans and prepares, and plans some more. He even has a giant robot suit designed to take on the Justice League
Even though he is just a man, he not only fights alongside, but commands the respect of Gods. Beings like Superman (An invincible being with super strength and speed, on the edge of being a god), Wonder Woman (Equal to Superman), Green Lantern (A member of an intergalactic Police Force), Aquaman (Super powered King of Atlantis) and Martian Manhunter (a being equal to power of Superman, with more abilities) respect, and listen to Batman; a mere man.
Batman is intelligent. He’s so smart. He is one of the smartest characters in both the DC and Marvel universe. Batman’s IQ is estimated at 192, for comparison, Einstein’s IQ is estimated between 160 and 180.
Batman Wiki says it great:
“Batman is a brilliant, virtually peerless, detective, strategist, scientist, tactician, and commander; he is widely regarded as one of the keenest analytical minds on the planet. Given his lack of superpowers, he often uses cunning and planning to outwit his foes, rather than simply “out-fighting” them.
“Polymath: He has studied Biology, Technology, Mathematics, Physics, Mythology, Geography, & History. Gained degrees in Criminal Science, Forensics, Computer Science, Chemistry and Engineering by the time he was 21. He has mastered Diverse Environmental Training, Security Systems, and illusion/sleight of hand by the time he was 23. He gained even more degrees in Biology, Physics, Advanced Chemistry, and Technology by the time he was 25. He has learned Forensic, Medical Sciences, Expanded Computer and Engineering Sciences, and Expanded Device Pool use of personal powered armor and system, database creation on underworld crime bosses, rogue’s gallery foes and other supers; improved material sciences for body armor and micro-machinery by the time he was 26. Has also learned Advanced New Development in Forensic and Medical Sciences.
Master Detective: He is widely considered as the World’s Greatest Detective, capable of observation, forensic investigation, and inductive and deductive reasoning of the highest caliber. Human intuition is an unlearnable trait and one of Batman’s most effective tools. Given any mystery, he can arrive at any conclusions with a fraction of the data.
“Multi-Lingual: He is able to speak Spanish, French, Latin, German, Japanese, English, Russian, Cantonese, Mandarin, and possibly more.
“Lips-reading: He had learned lips-reading.
“Master Strategist: He commonly utilizes cunning tactics to outwit his foes. He is an excellent leader and at times commands the Justice League and the Outsiders.
“Escapologist: He has been described as second only to Mister Miracle as an escape artist. He has been seen escaping from a posey straitjacket in less than 52 seconds, and remarked afterwards that the time was way too slow for him.
“Crack Pilot: Has been seen flying the various versions of the Batplanes with ease and flying a helicopter.
“Expert Tracker: Trained in hunting techniques by African Bushmen (the Ghost Tribes of the Ten-eyed Brotherhood, among others).
“Master of Disguise: Has mastered the art of disguise by the time he was 23. Has further learned Expanded Disguise techniques by the time he was 26. Batman has many aliases he uses to infiltrate the underworld or just to go undercover in public situations. His current aliases are: Matches Malone, Thomas Quigley, Ragman, Detective Hawke, Sir Hemingford Grey, Lester Krutz, Frank Dixon, Gordon Selkirk, and Mr. Fledermaus.
“Expert Mechanic and Driver: Batman is proficient at combat driving. He has also pioneered improved vehicle designs. In addition, he has been trained and is proficient in basic vehicular operations.”
Batman Doesn’t Kill
Here is a man, who fights crime every night. He faces death and dying on all sides. Who he is started with death, the death of his parents. He faces homicidal maniacs obsessed and in love with death and destruction, enters their minds, thinks as they think, and yet still he refuses to kill.
Sure, there are some instances when Batman has killed, but those were either in the first few years of Batman’s existence, before he was truly Batman, like the very first issue or are not canon, such as the movie Batman, or Batman vs. Superman. But that’s it. There is only one canonical time that Batman has killed someone, and that was Darkseid.
The fact that Batman doesn’t kill makes me respect him more than almost anything else. There are times he wants to, times he really wants to, but he never gives in. He fights through, he finds away to not kill them, and when his villains inevitably escape, he fights them again without killing them. Some people wonder why Batman doesn’t just kill the Joker, but I know why; because Batman is a true hero, and he is strong enough to NOT kill the Joker.
Batman is Just Flat Out Awesome
Batman Vs. Superman
Batman would win. Superman could put up quite a fit, but I believe that in the end Batman would win. And here is why (not in any particular order):
Batman has a plan. He would be prepared. He also keeps a Kryptonite ring in his utility belt.
That’s saying they meet when Batman isn’t expecting it. If Batman knew it was going to happen he would be even more prepared, with something like the Justice-Buster Suit (See Picture 3 under “Batman isn’t ‘Super”‘), or with Red Kryptonite like in JLA: The Tower of Babel.
Also, Batman has beaten Superman before. In Batman: The Dark Knight Returns (which is now both a Comic and an animated movie) an ex-retired Batman and Superman fight. Batman fights using a suit, similar to the one in the movie Batman Vs. Superman, and while they are fighting, Green Arrow shoots Superman with an arrow created by Batman, that exploded into a kryptonite cloud.
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