Saturday, August 17, 2013

Why is Batman more popular than Superman?

(Commercial Sting with of the American Gladiators first run's final season's ten seconds theme with James Standing next to Army Text saying The Last Of The Americans. Then a rubber stamp stamps over the entire thing the word Editorial)

I'm James Faraci, The Last Of The Americans and the views I'm about to express are that of my own and some of yours. This year marks the 75th anniversary of Superman. Warner Brothers and DC Entertainment marked this landmark by returning the last son of the planet Krypton back to the Big screen with "Superman: Man Of Steel" and before I get a comment on semantics of titles of things I'm calling it "Superman: Man Of Steel" because it is a Superman movie. But for as much as I love this movie and as much as Superman should be celebrated he's been getting shafted because people care more for other heroes one in particular is Batman people are more interested in someone who hides in shadows & skulks in his own misery. So I've got to ask "WHY THE FUCK IS BATMAN MORE POPULAR THAN FUCKING SUPERMAN?!" He is not a hero as a matter of fact, Batman is the first Anti-Hero, he doesn't follow the law, he finds way to circumvent them even by normal standards Batman would be as vilified as The Joker or The Riddler. Where as Superman represents Truth, Justice and The Human Way and while yes it is true that there was an entire Reboot of the DC Universe a while back, it doesn't make Batman any less an anti-hero. Superman IS the hero because he is willing to fight for what is right. The sentiment of that has been echoed in a comment made by Brandon Routh who played the Character in Superman Returns (Which was great by the way) when he said "His (Superman's) Challenge is to continually see the good in people and to do good when others don't see it." That is something Noble to aspire to. What does Batman aspire to do, put every criminal away and get himself close enough to die as possible while showing Gotham that they have to save themselves & while some of what he wants to do is noble, his intentions are misguided. I'm not saying he has to be as Campy as Adam West's portrayal of Batman (Which I have nothing against Adam West) but he doesn't have to be so dark he's almost like the villains he tries to capture, just try to find the balance. I also think why Batman might edge out Superman because he isn't like Superman. Batman is first off mortal where as Superman has the half life of an unlicensed nuclear accelerator.  While both are orphans (and that's the only thing they have in common) Superman's morals are different because of who raised him, a loving couple from Kansas where as Batman had no one to tell him where the line had to be drawn. Superman tries to do what is right within the confines of the laws of man and countries and tries to show that we are capable of doing what is right and not cause harm. Where as Batman again can't tell where the line is. Batman can do the things he can because of his alter ego Bruce Wayne, A Billionaire. He uses his fortune to fund his full time hobby. Superman's alter ego (prior to the reboot) Clark Kent is a farm boy with a job as a reporter in Metropolis at the Daily Planet which allows Clark the inside information to know when something comes up and how to handle the situation. But why I think Batman is more popular is how he is portrayed. Batman is seen with sympathy because we've all had loss and wished we could've done something to stop it whereas Superman is seen with cynicism because he is the one who is capable of so much and does so much but doesn't allow his ego to take over what he knows and does is right and that is a shame Superman is who we can be, Batman is who we need to fear. But do I think Batman is more popular than Superman in general? HELL NO! Superman has good moral values and can be much more powerful than being dark and brooding like Batman. Superman represents the best in all of us and we should aspire to be more like Superman. I'm James Faraci, The Last Of The Americans and That's my opinion.