‘Not every superhero wears a cape.’
Heroes. The word hero has been thrown around so much in this age it seems to have lost its significance. We equate heroes to super-powered humans or aliens who are far superior to the normal human being, with a weird name and a funny costume you would only ever see on Halloween. Marvel’s franchise and production of the Avengers have only fuelled the idea of what being a hero is and what a hero should look like to the point of it being unreal. But for all the talk on heroes, what did Batman ever do to get trolled as much as he does?
Online in recent weeks, one of the trends that popped up was Batman and how people think he is essentially just a rich dude with fancy tools and nothing else. So much so that he is trolled for not being able to fly, and having no superpower at all, aside from his technology, resources, and genius-level intellect. But even in terms of intellect, he draws comparisons to people like Tony Stark and Bruce Banner who are seen scratching the surface of futuristic tech, and hence, Batman is quickly ejected from the conversation.
It doesn’t help that as a hero, he seems to carry about an ego that does not cater to anyone regardless of which superhero you are or what kind of power you hold. Batman just doesn’t care. All he cares about is the situation and problem at hand and how to solve it. The truth is, Batman is the kind of leader we hate. He rarely shows emotions and he’s rarely conservative in his approach to getting something done. Anything lost, including his own life is a sacrifice for a greater cause and he doesn’t mind it. He’s the one who makes the hard decisions even if it means his teammates will hate him at the end, he’s willing to risk it.
For all the talk on abilities, Batman is one of the martial artists amongst the heroes. He just doesn’t have super strength or healing abilities that make it phenomenal, but for the kind of company he keeps in heroes, he holds his own perfectly okay. It’s still not clear why people decide to pick on him, but there are worse heroes in my opinion who do way less but get the hype all the same. Now I’m not naming any names, but an arrow and speed aren’t enough for me, but that’s just my opinion.