Batman’s Not Crazy. I swear!

27May14

In the recent Scriptnotes podcast on superheroes (and the screenwriters who write their movies), it was stated that Batman’s “crazy.” And this was agreed to by the panelists, either by saying something or silently agreeing. The evidence given was “The Dark Knight Returns.”

And that made me realize that this is a bad example of Batman/Bruce Wayne’s psychology.

Because in “DKR,” he’s 55+ and retired.

That comic is the key influence on every Batman movie of the last 20 years, but it’s never been an influence on anything but the 30-something Bruce Waynes of Burton, Schumacher and Nolan.

Age makes a big difference. At least to me. It’s easier for me to forgive some of his, uh… characteristics because he’s an old man.

If a younger man did those kinds of things, in the way in which he does them, it would seem crazier.

Emphasis on “seem.” Just because someone does something crazy does not mean that he, himself, is crazy.

That’s how I live my life.

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