Big's forum posts
It's up to the individual. Batman wouldn't give a rat's ass about a kid wearing a tee with a bat
on it. If he did, then he'd make up some dummy corporation responsible for copyrighting the
symbol, and then have it sue the company making the tee, or mor likely coopt it. However, I don't
think heroes would do much more than scratch their heads and go on kicking butt.
Reality is, if the comic world were anything like ours, those people wouldn't worship the heroes, but
be frightened of them. They are vigilantes with strange abilities, and somehow above the law. They
would create an uproar and it would stigmatize the notion of wearing a superhero logo on a t-shirt.
This trade-mark thing would imply that they are considered mainstream, and I believe they would be
ostracized and debated over until some conclusion was met to regulate heroes, and ultimately not
make them heroes at all. So, the issue of logos and trademarks would be moot.
Heroes in comics, just like people in real life, have many capacities but don't necessarily use
those capacities to impact humanity on a greater scale. MMA fighters are, at least, very aggressive,
and would probably do well in the marines or Navy SEAL corps. However, their inclination is to
dress up in colorful outfits and fight other like-minded MMA fighters, much like super-heroes in
comics. The intelligent ones, like Reed Richards, may see a way to battle the ozone depletion or
global warming, but I think he is more intrigued by alien invasions and megalomaniacs like Dr.
Doom than in the environment. You can argue that people like this don't use their abilities to their
fullest capacities, but then again, a lot of people out there don't. Plus, I don't think Superman's
abilities would best serve humanity by carrying passengers to their destinations. That seems a
little demeaning. Face it, these guys are rock stars. They do their thing on the batte-field against
other colorfully clad super-beings. If Superman wants to help with disarming nukes or shattering a
meteor hurtling towards earth, that's one thing, but I don't think that he's cut out for helping
customs at the airport or directing air traffic.
I like it. Trashy, classic, and modern all at the same time. It's almost camp, the way they stayed true to the comic book costume. It's bold. I give it a B+
My favorite storyline is "Death in the Family" because a hero dies and the villiain gets away. Then,
we Batman deal with that loss, and he doen't deal with it very well, until Tim Drake comes along.
I think that heroes need moments in their careers where we, as readers, see them fail. This
would make them more identifiable with the readers, since life is a series of successes and some
setbacks as well. Especially, since heroes are up against incredible odds sometimes, it stands to
reason that sometimes they will fall short of their missions.
Like you say, people look to be entertained. More so, however, I think readers look to be inspired.
The battles we see on the pages are projections of the battles readers face in their daily lives
The Joker is simply that chaos threatens existence and order. Readers can read into his persona
symbolically and apply that to the chaos in their own lives. When Batman beats the Joker, it
represents a win for readers in their daily battle with chaos and uncertainty. To see
Batman lose would be a disappointment, but at the same time, a reminder that even Batman can
fail, so we shouldn't be so hard on ourselves either.
Also, I think that the Punisher is a great example of characters that kill and yet are popular. Keep
the edge, I say. Bane is a bad-ass because he broke Batman's back, and making him redeemable
weakens the character's will and integrity as a badass. Same for Sabretooth and even Venom,
although, I think Venom is driven by a twisted hatred for Spiderman, rather than a need to be
superior or evil for its own sake, so I think that Venom gets a pass for being bi-heroic.
I think that Superman and Doomsday should have another mighty smackdown. I don't know, but I
would like to read about Superman's thoughts as he faces Doomsday again. Is he scared? Does
he have the confidence to take on a beast that killed him the first time? Or perhaps, is he angry, at
Doomsday, or himself, for dying at this seemingly retarded beast's hands? Lex Luthor, with all his
his genius and mania couldn't kill Superman, but this Kryptonian ape can, and did!? I think that
alone could fuel Superman. I think it would be an interesting opportunity for further character study
on the greatest super-hero of all time.
Jason cannot find happiness in the direction he is headed. He is, ultimately, unenlightened. That is
his tragic flaw. Ironically, however, it is this misguided perception of reality that also teaches
Batman and company that they may not necessarily have the best solution to the problem either.
Jason is around to teach the world something. It may not be to be a rough vigilante like he is, but
perhaps to remind the good guys that they can be a little too self-righteous at times. He makes
Batman question his own morals and his own actions in very difficult situations. He also reminds
people that there is an aspect to life that must be looked at. In Batman's rush to save
Gotham and the world, he can forget certain details, about his own humanity, and those around
him. In a strange way, Jason grounds Bruce, reminding him that he is human and that he can
make big mistakes, even if he is the Goddamn Batman.
Keep Jason bad-ass, it's the only way to make any of his journey worthwhile.