I’m a Superhero kinda girl.
After Superman, my next love is Batman.
They have the whole mysterious thing in common, and they both hide behind rather caricature ‘normal’ types in their everyday lives.
He gets the sympathy vote because let’s face it, a young boy watching his parents die is tragic.
He’s seen as something of a vigilante, and I think that is part of the fascination. To uphold the law Batman can and does break it.
Batman is darkness. He is frightening. Or he’s not.
My first taste of Batman was Adam West. His portrayal of Batman was neither dark nor frightening.
It was more a camp fest of farcical moments and I loved every one of them.
The show had great villains.
Julie Newmar as Catwoman and Frank Gorshin as The Riddler were my favourites.
All that was exciting stuff.
And Robin. Dear sweet, funny Robin with his wonderful lines.
- Holy oleo!
- Holy priceless collection of Etruscan snoods!
- Holy atomic pile, Batman!
- The way we get into these scrapes and get out of them, it’s almost as though someone was dreaming up these situations; guiding our destiny.
- Holy bill of rights, Batman!
- Holy New Year’s Eve, he has me in his famous trick streamers!
But Robin wasn’t the only one with great lines. The writers must have been tripping I think…
Robin: You can’t get away from Batman that easy!
Batman: Good grammar is essential, Robin.
Robin: Thank you.
Batman: You’re welcome.
Catwoman: “Felix, you can brush my pussy willows before you leave.”
Robin: Where’d you get a live fish, Batman?
Batman: The true crimefighter always carries everything he needs in his utility belt, Robin.
Okay – from there I went in search of the true Batman.
Although I did not know it at the time – the comic book writers had made a deliberate attempt to move away from the ‘campy’ portrayal of the television series.
Enter my introduction to a darker side of the Batman.
Batman for me became more than a farcical hero – here was a tortured hero. Any young girl can relate to that.
Unlike Superman, the Batman has to rely on gadgets to aid his crime fighting.
An interesting fact is that Batman does not carry a conventional gun, due to the manner of his parents’ death. The Batman has principles.
He does have the Batmobile,
and the Batcave.
I loved the Batcave. Correction – I love the Batcave.
Batman also has Alfred.
As butlers go Alfred is probably in a class of his own. I know that a butler is supposed to be able to cope with any strange behaviour on the part of his employer, but really. This man doesn’t blink at his boss putting on a mask and cape, causing havoc in the pursuit of villains, all the while behaving like a rich ninny for the rest of the world.
You rock Alfred !!!!
Batman is sexy. Not in a Superman way, but dangerously sexy. A girl just knows that this guy would be trouble. No wonder Catwoman, despite her dastardly ways, feels the heat whenever the Bat is around.
Which makes the debate regarding homosexuality interesting. Academic study of Batman arose after one psychologist stated that Batman stories are psycho-socially homosexual.
Admittedly the TV series probably did not help. But really?
For me, it is a bit like the rubbish spouted about Noddy and Big Ears being gay, because they slept in the same bed. Most Batman writers will tell you that they never wrote Batman as having homosexual tendencies.
However in the interests of full disclosure there are instances in the comics that could be interpreted as leaning that way. Here are 3 of them.
- Detective Comics #43, Sept 1940: Batman’s new relationship with Robin sparks a flashback to Wayne’s early life when he was at the Gotham Academy for Boys. He and four other boys, with the assistance of large rubber bands and a jar of cold cream, explore their sexuality. Many collectors suppose that one of the boys was Harry Dent. (See DC #52).
- World’s Finest Comics #18, May 1956: Batman becomes obsessed on seeing Superman naked and his proposal is unkindly rejected.
- Batman #44, Nov 1968: Batman gains access to a communist worker’s association but is uncovered by the Green Arrow, who sympathizes with their cause. Forced to consume LSD and rum, Batman generally acts inane and is entirely out of it for the duration of an orgy.
DC Comics can get pretty protective of the Batman TM. Painter Mark Chamberlain painted a series of water colours that were suggestive of some homosexual tendencies in 2005. The art dealer involved was given a cease and desist order from DC Comics regarding the exhibition of them.
The question at the time was – are the paintings protected under ‘Parody’? I’m still sorting out my feelings on that. What do you think?
I don’t really care – I think the Batman is sexy. And he can swing me up on his Batrope any time he wants. Especially
Christian Bale’s Batman.
Just one more ‘eh???
More about him later.
Later has arrived…