History Headscratchers / Batman

16th Sep '17 6:40:40 AM DoctorNemesis
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** Batman's not really tech-dependent in the same way that, say, Iron Man is. Sure, a lot of versions of Batman have played up the tech angle as a tool to help him solve crimes, but it's still entirely possible to do a low-tech minimalistic version of the concept where he's just a guy in a costume with a few throwing weapons, a customised car and a grappling gun.

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** Batman's not really tech-dependent in the same way that, say, Iron Man is. Sure, a lot of versions of Batman have played up the tech angle as a tool to help him solve crimes, but it's still entirely possible to do a low-tech minimalistic version of the concept where he's just a guy in a costume with a few throwing weapons, a customised car and a grappling gun. Should real-life technology evolve to the point where it matches what Batman has access to in the comics, the options are basically either (a) try and speculate even further for cool gadgets to give Batman or (b) go the other way and make him rely on his wits and fists more than his gadgets.
28th Aug '17 6:59:56 AM Spider_Jaws
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*** [[JustForPun A BAT-philanthropist!]]
21st Aug '17 9:06:33 AM Ansongc2000
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** In The Batman, one of Riddler's key questions in attempting to determine Batman's identity through yes-no questions using a polygraph was whether or not he was affiliated with the police department, so some people clearly consider the possibility. That said, in addition to the financial flaws in the theory hashed out above, Batman is infinitely better than any soldier or cop, who are trained to work in groups and rely on guns and knives, even in the DC universe.
26th Jul '17 8:12:51 PM DoctorNemesis
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** Since gender is not strictly binary, the issue probably doesn't come up in Two-Face's pathology anyway.
26th Jul '17 8:09:56 PM DoctorNemesis
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** Batman's not really tech-dependent in the same way that, say, Iron Man is. Sure, a lot of versions of Batman have played up the tech angle as a tool to help him solve crimes, but it's still entirely possible to do a low-tech minimalistic version of the concept where he's just a guy in a costume with a few throwing weapons, a customised car and a grappling gun.
25th Jul '17 8:17:28 PM DoctorNemesis
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*** Leaving aside the huge unsubstantiated (and rather angrily ) generalisations going on here, while ''Superman'' might be widely loved and adored, ''Clark Kent'' knows exactly what it's like to be insulted, mocked and bullied by the world. Average nerd? In many depictions of Clark Kent, he's pretty much the ''stereotypical'' nerd. He's bumbling, socially awkward, looked down on and disdained by almost everyone, can't get the woman he likes to give him the time of day and oh, ''wears huge glasses''. In that sense, I'd suggest that Clark Kent possibly reflects more people's experiences of how they think the world treats them than handsome playboy billionaire Bruce Wayne who's fawned over by everyone and has to brush beautiful women away from him with a big stick. Besides which, Batman's not exactly a depressed bullied drug addict either.

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*** Leaving aside the huge unsubstantiated (and rather angrily ) cynical) generalisations going on here, while ''Superman'' might be widely loved and adored, ''Clark Kent'' knows exactly what it's like to be insulted, mocked and bullied by the world. Average nerd? In many depictions of Clark Kent, he's pretty much the ''stereotypical'' nerd. He's bumbling, socially awkward, looked down on and disdained by almost everyone, can't get the woman he likes to give him the time of day and oh, ''wears huge glasses''. In that sense, I'd suggest that Clark Kent possibly reflects more people's experiences of how they think the world treats them than handsome playboy billionaire Bruce Wayne who's fawned over by everyone and has to brush beautiful women away from him with a big stick. Besides which, Batman's not exactly a depressed bullied drug addict either.
25th Jul '17 8:16:58 PM DoctorNemesis
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*** Leaving aside the huge unsubstantiated (and rather angry) generalisations going on here, while ''Superman'' might be widely loved and adored, ''Clark Kent'' knows exactly what it's like to be insulted, mocked and bullied by the world. Average nerd? In many depictions of Clark Kent, he's pretty much the ''stereotypical'' nerd. He's bumbling, socially awkward, looked down on and disdained by almost everyone, can't get the woman he likes to give him the time of day and oh, ''wears huge glasses''. In that sense, I'd suggest that Clark Kent possibly reflects more people's experiences of how they think the world treats them than handsome playboy billionaire Bruce Wayne who's fawned over by everyone and has to brush beautiful women away from him with a big stick.

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*** Leaving aside the huge unsubstantiated (and rather angry) angrily ) generalisations going on here, while ''Superman'' might be widely loved and adored, ''Clark Kent'' knows exactly what it's like to be insulted, mocked and bullied by the world. Average nerd? In many depictions of Clark Kent, he's pretty much the ''stereotypical'' nerd. He's bumbling, socially awkward, looked down on and disdained by almost everyone, can't get the woman he likes to give him the time of day and oh, ''wears huge glasses''. In that sense, I'd suggest that Clark Kent possibly reflects more people's experiences of how they think the world treats them than handsome playboy billionaire Bruce Wayne who's fawned over by everyone and has to brush beautiful women away from him with a big stick. Besides which, Batman's not exactly a depressed bullied drug addict either.
19th Jul '17 7:30:43 AM DoctorNemesis
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** Once you get past the clicks and whistles, most of Batman's more common gadgets aren't especially hi-tech to begin with. His batarangs are basically a customised form of boomerang. He uses a grappling-hook gun. He has a powerful computer in his cave. The Batmobile is basically a custom-job car, similarly the Batwing, Bat-copter, Bat-boat, Bat-[insert modified form of transport here] and so on. Really, most of the 'hi-tech' stuff about Batman is just things that the writers throw in as the plot demands; unlike Iron Man, he's not really a character who particularly demands a specifically futuristic tech-driven approach.
19th Jul '17 6:04:21 AM DoctorNemesis
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** "You probably wouldn't have to legally define a supervillain" -- um, yeah, you really would if you wanted to give the police what basically amounts to a license to kill supervillains. Otherwise, that whole "shooting whoever the cop feels like and calling them a supervillain" issue mentioned above? Is gonna become a problem.


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** Thanks to a ''lot'' of high-profile shootings that are morally and ethically a bit questionable at least, American police in recent years haven't exactly nurtured a great reputation with large stretches of the public when it comes to responsible use of their firearms, and that's in a world which ''doesn't'' contain the Joker. So basically giving cops licenses to kill probably wouldn't help much with ''that'' particular problem.
19th Jul '17 5:46:00 AM DoctorNemesis
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** This is also, again in all fairness, partially an effect of ComicBookTime. Sure, if you read ten years of comics, it seems like Gotham never really seems to change... but those ten years of comics are coming out one issue a month at a time, and are usually set more-or-less contemporaneously. Gotham doesn't really change because the nature of comic books keeps it in a kind of stasis in order to facilitate more stories.
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