“I’m Batman!”


Batman is unique in a way that so many other superheroes are not. He’s not an alien. He didn’t get bitten by a radioactive spider, or fall into a vat of radioactive material. He didn’t undergo some ridiculous experiment by a mad scientist or experience an anomaly in space that changed his biological chemistry. Bruce Wayne is just an incredibly rich guy with nifty gadgets. Like a less intelligent Tony Stark with a butler and worse costume. Money aside, he’s basically just a normal guy, and because of this, it’s easier for a normal guy to fantasize about being a superhero.

Once in costume, Christian Bale’s version of Batman develops an intensely deep voice that has been the subject of much confusion and mockery. Combined with the accessibility of the character, it has led to some fun pop culture references. Some of my favorites are:


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