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Thursday, July 14, 2016

My Batman Wears Blue and Gray

From Batman-Online
Whether you're talking about Neil Adams, Jim Aparo, Adam West, or Olan Soule, the Batman that I grew up with wore blue & gray. I'm not going to get into the whole "he was originally intended to be in all black" or "blue can look darker than black at night" arguments. Nope, I just wanted to state that when someone says "Batman" to me, this is the costume that I picture.

Is it realistic? Not in the slightest, but, then, neither is Batman as a concept. The idea that a grown man, dressed as a bat, would go out and fight crime while not being killed isn't realistic at all. However, I've written about that before, so I won't get into it again.

This is a Batman who is The Dark Knight Detective. He's not the world's greatest fighter, but he can hold his own. He doesn't have a plan for everything, and has been tricked and beaten before. However, he never gives up and will eventually triumph through his keen mind and relentless will. This is a Batman who is not afraid to smile or crack a joke, but can be deadly serious when the occasion warrants it.

Your favorite Batman may be different, and that's great, but this is mine.

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  1. I'm pretty much with you. My Batman wears blue and gray, has long ears on the cowl and his cape defies reality. And he is definitely far from perfect. Heck, even the Adam West version got tricked by the villains. ;)

    1. I think what the writers tend to forget is that most people like to see themselves in the characters, at least on some level. The more "flawless" you make the character, the less people will identify with him. I would much rather see a Batman that stumbled but got back up to eventually succeed than one who was 20 steps ahead & always knew what to do. The first makes for an interesting story. The second is just boring.