By RazzaTazz 7 Comments
A problem with the depiction of most comic book characters is that they are usually pretty well portrayed within their own titles, but when they appear elsewhere in the universe they often are fit into the story instead of making the story fit them. I think one of the characters that this affects the most is Batman, who is unlike most other heroes except when he interacts with them directly. This means that JLA Batman is pretty much different from Gotham Batman. Another aspect of this though is when Batman's shows up as and does detective work which is either done horribly or mostly pointless. As an example of detective work which was done horribly is when he snuck into Belle Reve prison in the 1980s Suicide Squad to steal some files but left behind the slip cover for his sloppy disk. The more recent and completly pointless use of his detecting abilities was in an issue of Wonder Woman where she calls him in to help find a murderer at which point he proceeds to check the videotapes where he sees it was Doctor Psycho. It seemed strange to me that she had to call in Batman to check video tapes - does she not have an intern for those kind of things? Of course all characters lose something of their characteristics when they are portrayed elsewhere - Superman can be displayed as a superstrong hero that only knows how to punch things, which ignores the complexities of his character, or Wonder Woman is shown as a shrewd warrior which ignores her mostly pacifistic nature. Still with Batman this is one of the defining aspects of the character and it seems like if the writers can't write good detecting then they just shouldn't bother.