I know Batman, sir… and you are no Batman.
I had a conversation with an old friend last night, and, as we usually do, we talked for a couple of hours. Among other things, we lamented how out of shape we’ve both gotten over the last year. But then he mentioned that us being out of shape wasn’t as big a deal as it could be, as we both work in offices, and ninja attacks at offices seem to be at an all-time low.
That got me thinking about Batman (though, to be fair, it’s not hard to get me thinking about Batman). Part of Batman’s appeal to his audience is that he’s just a regular guy — no superpowers, no alien power ring, no mutation. I will point out that he’s a regular guy with enormous free time and a nearly unlimited budget, but at his core, he’s a normal, unaltered human being. That alone makes his audience think you know, I could be Batman.
Truth is, comic readership has been skewing older for a few years now. Most guys who read Batman are my age or thereabouts — we’re past the point where we could be Batman. We still could be a character from the DC Universe, but it’s not who you’d want to be.
At 35, no amount of training will turn you into the Dark Knight — it’s just not going to happen. And that’s probably a good thing, as vigilantism is against the law.
So now that Batman is out of the running (according to the rules I’ve just made up), who is the most relatable character in comics? And, apart from that, who’s your favorite?