mordicai caeli (mordicai) wrote,
mordicai caeli

  • Mood:
  • Music:

Comic Book Blasphemy.

I kind of frequently argue with kingtycoon about Batman. He gets Superman-- I mean, we'll both agree that Superman is the best-- but he doesn't "get" Batman. Or at least so I maintain. Central among his critiques is that Batman should really kill the Joker. Well. He also doesn't agree that Batman undergoes obvious shamanic transformation from man to super-man when he dons the cape & cowl, which to me fundamentally shows that he doesn't grasp the real impetus behind The Bat...but then, he grew up reading comics in the 80s & 90s, which I missed out on, to my luck. Anyhow, I want to address the Joker issue. I'm going to say something that...well, it isn't in my real world ethos, probably. I'd be a lot more free with my executions. DC comics, though, has it written in the bedrock of the universe: thou shalt not kill. Least aways, not Batman or Superman. Wonder Woman may be showing the cracks in it, & Marvel may have killing as a moral choice as a strength (whereas in DC the answer to "Should Batman kill the Joker?" is always, always no). As an aside, too, I think the position that "Batman shouldn't kill the Joker, only the State has that right" is a wrong question, since I'm pretty sure that Joker would get the death penalty...anyhow! Ethics of corporal punishment & mental health aside:

The Joker should be redeemed. Okay, first off. I get that the Joker is too good a villain to ever be really "made good." & I get that the Joker, as an embodiment of reckless, random evil, is too good an archetype to just go away. I get all that, but hear me out. In a sort of "Whatever Happened to the Caped Crusader?" end of the line story, a redeemed Joker would be the best punctuation to the Batman's argument. I want Joker to get better. & not only that! I want to take it to the extreme. I want the Joker to get better...& then cure cancer. He's like the crazy chemistry genius, right? Instead of Smilex, I want Mister J to repent, feel remorse, & then do something that outweighs the evil he's done. I mean-- what does Batman always say? "One life. If I end his life, how many hundreds-- thousands!-- will I save?" I want the answer to that question to be that, by never caving (hahaha, Batman, "caving." Like the Batcave!), Batman saves millions-- billions!-- of lives.
Tags: comics

  • Post a new comment


    default userpic

    Your reply will be screened

    Your IP address will be recorded 

    When you submit the form an invisible reCAPTCHA check will be performed.
    You must follow the Privacy Policy and Google Terms of use.