I was speaking to someone earlier about superpowers – how all childhood conversations about “what superpower would you like to have” were ruined by the one asshole who had to say “everything” – when our conversation drifted towards Batman. When I was growing up, you either liked Superman or Batman (just like you were either a Whizz-kid or a Chipite). And so the Superman-followers would want Superman’s powers and the Batman-followers would say they would like Batman’s superpowers.
But what the hell are Batman’s superpowers?
He can’t fly. He can’t run faster than a speeding bullet. He can’t slice people open with Adamantium claws. So what does he have? Well, he’s got a neat car and a lot of nifty gadgets. And he’s pretty athletic, I guess. But these aren’t super-powers. With enough money, anyone can have these.
And is this a good message for our kids? That being fabulously wealthy is a superpower?
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Batman is a supreme bad-ass and that is one of the best super powers there is.
He has the ability to morph from Michael Keaton, into Val Kilmer, into George Clooney and into Christian Bale.
I wouldn’t mind being able to do that.