The Aristocrat Nature of Batman

Tor.com hat ein schönes Posting über die aristokratische, beinahe schon despotische und autoritäre Natur von Superhelden, durchexerziert am Beispiel von Batman. Gut gewähltes Beispiel, hat doch Frank Miller genau diese Seite von Batman in seinem „The Dark Knight Returns“ betont, in dem er ihn zu einem außerhalb des Gesetzes agierenden, beinahe schon reaktionären Charakter verwandelte, eine Lesart der Figur, die die Serie seit dem praktisch bestimmt.

By their nature as vigilantes, acting outside or above the law, most superheroes have a troubling undercurrent of aristocratic, undemocratic, authoritarian values. Only the hero, not the police, judges, lawmakers, and average citizen, can effectively protect and improve the city they patrol, and god help anyone who gets in their way.

No one exemplifies these tendencies more than Batman, the ultimate aristocratic hero.

Batman acts with an enormous sense of entitlement. Batman just assumes he’s right in every situation. It’s his city. If he doesn’t like you, he’ll make you leave. If Batman thinks you’re guilty of a crime, he’ll put on his pointed black mask and beat the crap out of you. Laws? Civil rights? Due process? Those are for other people. Yes, the people may have elected a mayor, and may pay taxes to employ the police. Batman could work with them, but they’re all corrupt, weak, and not as good as him. (Except Gordon. Batman has generously determined that Gordon is worthy to be contacted, though he always disappears before Gordon’s done talking, just to remind Gordon who’s the bitch in this relationship.)

Batman isn’t just “the man,” Bruce Wayne is also The Man. He’s a rich, white, handsome man who comes from an old money family and is the main employer in Gotham. He owns half the property in the city. In a very real sense, Gotham belongs to him, and he inherited all of it.

Batman: Plutocrat (via BoingBoing)