I watched The Batman last weekend.
I won’t spoil anything for you except to tell you that it is a 3 hour long, slow-burning thriller masterpiece that keeps you hooked to the seat.
It is not your regular superhero movie even by DC standards. I have not seen all Batman movies but they say it is the darkest Batman yet. For me, it is more of a well-crafted crime drama, with a stellar background score.
However, I wonder what is it about the Batman that never fails to capture the imagination of makers and audiences alike.
Some say it is because he is a superhero without superpowers.
Some say it is because he has the sharpest mind amongst all superheroes.
Some say it is because of his tragic history and how it inspired him to become who he is.
None of the above is false, by the way.
However, for me, more than superpowers, mind, or backstory, it is how he channelizes the trauma to rise above himself & contribute to the greater good.
Of course, he is rich and does not have to fight for his survival.
But, that makes it even easier for him to fall into the trap of luxury and modern pleasures he can afford as Bruce Wayne.
But he does not do that.
That makes him a true hero for me.
He is someone who has control over his impulses (at times he doesn’t, as per comics but I will ignore that for now!).
He is not afraid to face his worst fears to fulfill his duty or dharma or purpose.
That is probably the highest goal anyone can aspire to achieve.
What do you think?
Until next time
PS: I must clarify that I don’t wish to trivialize PTSD and any psychiatric disorders by referencing them in a comic book story like this. I might be completely wrong here in my understanding and interpretation.