Super Villains Suck

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#1 Posted by batshrine (1081 posts) - - Show Bio

Now this might sound nit picky but I am getting tired on the big arcs in Batman that have villains targeting Batman. Batman became a superhero to fight crime, but when all the big stories are about how criminals are targeting him, then it perpetuates the myth that without Batman you wouldn't have such drastic crime (which I would argue against).

Killing Joke: Targets Jim Gordon and Babs

Death in the Family: Targets Jason Todd

Knightfall: Targets Bruce Wayne

Fugitive: Targets Bruce Wayne

Tower of Babel: Targets JLA

Hush: Targes Bruce Wayne again

Death of the Family: Targets Bat Family

And I think thats why I appreciate tales that are about Batman's journey to save crime from criminals that hurt innocents. Year One, No Man's Land, and my all time favorite story Justice all touch on these things. I just think you can get a personal story out of a story about a superhero stopping a supervillain from committing a crime not directed at the superhero.

For example in Batman Fugitive, Bruce was framed for murder. Why? To target Bruce! While a converse story Mask of the Phantasm (the movie) a villain who has a costume kinda similar to Batman's was killing off people, and people thought it was Batman committing those murders due to the similar costumes. One story was circular (Batman exists, crime was made because Batman exists), while another one was how Batman was fighting crime and it just so happens that it also reflected on him.

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