Is he or ain't he?
March 3, 2012 11:51 AM Subscribe
Batman is a Superhero. I just know he is. But now I'm having an argument with a friend over whether he's technically a Superhero. Details of the argument within.
posted by madred to writing & language (59 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
Here is the transcript of our argument:
HIM: Batman wasn't a superhero. He just had money.
ME: Your definition of Superhero is defunct. A Superhero is defined by the nature of his or her deeds, not the nature of his or her ability.
HIM: Nah, a superhero is defined by his extraordinary abilities. Whether the superhero uses those abilities for good or ill is something different altogether.
ME: Batman's ability to use technology in innovative ways is pretty extraordinary. Not to mention the man has a set of cajones that not everyone possesses. Unless you think you'd be willing to take on the crime syndicates of Gotham City with no backup except for Robin, who, you have to admit, is only there to parade around in his tights.
HIM: Alfred. Batgirl.
By that definition, Steve Jobs is a superhero.
Maybe my definition is defunct, but I refuse to put Batman in the same category as the true superheros who have powers that surpass human abilities.
I'm willing to admit defeat if I have to, but help me out here. There must be some definitive source on the matter. Batman is a Superhero, right?