The Value of Sidekicks

Credit: New Line Cinema

Credit: New Line Cinema

Everybody loves Batman, but you’ll have to look far and wide to find a hardcore Robin fan. It’s understandable. Batman is dark and brooding, swooping in from the darkness on wings black as night to mete out vigilante justice with his fists. Robin, on the other hand, is teenager wearing red and green spandex with a black pair of briefs. Batman’s the triple bacon cheeseburger we paid for. Robin’s the garden salad that came with it. And yet, can we really subtract Robin from the mythos? As much as we love Batman the lone wolf vigilante, a man in a rubber bat suit becomes silly very fast when we don’t have other characters around to assure the audience he’s serious business. Read More →

How to Be Batman – Self Awareness

Batman is Batman. Other superheroes may have come first, but it’s Batman who’s proved to be the most enduring of all our comic book archetypes. Something about Batman as a character simply works, and gets at all the traits that we find most appealing in ourselves and in others. For one thing, he’s human like the rest of us. Perhaps that’s the mass appeal. People don’t just read Batman comic books because they enjoy the costume he wears. People read about Batman because they identify with his story and who he is at his most basic level as a character. Read More →