Quotes: Superhero Paradox
Commissioner Gordon: So many are here [at Arkham Asylum]. Nearly double from when you first appeared. Not that there is a direct correlation, but... Do you give it any thought?
Commissioner Gordon: Oh.
Batman: [internal monologue]
I know what Gordon is implying. That my... presence
... somehow attracts
these men and women to my city...
I have a question for you. Before my arrival, this city was drowning under a tide of filth. Have you ever considered that all this is your fault? Your presence creates these animals; like germs, they spread. You created the environment that allowed the germ to mutate, to become stronger. Look at The Joker. Would he even exist if not for you? It must be depressing. All your sacrifices, and yet, you are the one to blame.
I used to believe Batman was responsible for you people. But now I see nearly everyone here would have ended up exactly the same, Batman or not. Oh, the gimmicks might be different, but you'd all be out there in some form or another bringing misery to Gotham. The truth is, you created him.