Saturday, April 20, 2013

Which is Batman’s Best Gadget?

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What Serves Batman Best?!

Bat plane, Bat car, or The Bat, an all purpose flying machine that Lucius Fox presents to Bruce Wayne, which one is the most efficient tool of Batman?
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What attracted me as a kid towards Batman was his vulnerability. The thought that he could fail was enough for me to unshackle myself from the meta-fantasy of the Superman, the hero of perfections. (Not completely, though, which I later realized.)

However, among battles between good and evil, Batman relies on a number of surprise gadgets which were fun to watch and enthralling to imagine on your side; what impressed me the most was the rope. But then there was Spiderman, with a genetically generated spider-web-shooting gland on his wrist!

Batman has still got the grounds, because he always has the specially designed vehicles and daggers or darts. Some darts, are designed to look like bats. Only Batman has custom designed cars and bikes and planes. They have their names too—bat bike, bat plane, bat car and so on, like a whole “bat” franchise.

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Then there is the Bat signal. In the relentless fight against evil, injustice, corruption and darkness, Bat signal is the only medium through which any ordinary citizen of Gotham city can communicate with their superhero. This is the answer to the question why are superheroes so aloof from the common population. The Bat Signal is a huge bat wing stuck over a spot light. Anyone can light the signal and project it towards the sky.

In most of the early comic books featuring Batman, his gadgets usually won the war for him. But if one looks at The DarkKnight Rises, and other latest comics or movie versions, one can see Batman miserably waiting for some miracle. Most of the technological advancements Batman possessed were used against him by the shrewd Bane. And Batman finds it miserable.

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Technology can be copied or stolen. However the might of the hero is undefeatable. What helps Batman succeed at the end?

After being thoroughly defeated by Bane, Bruce Wayne hits the bottom of the barrel. And he was thrown literally into one, by the villain. The emergence of the hero from that dark dungeon, from the fear of failure, loss and death is the only factor we are able to see Batman, at the end, standing against Bane and company. It is to this “emergence” that we owe the heroism of our hero.

The most powerful weapon, therefore, Batman owns is his mind, that at the same time suffers from a series of fears—loss of parents; fear of death; the fear for darkness—and possess the capability at the same time, to emerge from the claws of these fears.

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