Archive for November, 2005


Superheroes and Church

November 29th, 2005 Posted by david brothers

You can scope info on the Religion of Comic Book Characters here.

Batman (Bruce Wayne) – Catholic

Superman (Clark Kent/Kal-El) – raised Protestant (in some versions prior to 1986, he worshipped Kryptonian god Rao, which was explicitly addressed beginning in mid-1980s)

Spider-Man (Peter Parker) – Protestant

Wonder Woman (Princess Diana aka Diana Prince) – Greco-Roman classical religion

Captain Marvel (Billy Batson, published by Fawcett, then DC) – Greco-Roman classical religion

Daredevil (Matt Murdock) – Catholic

Captain America (Steve Rogers) – Protestant

Elektra (Elektra Natchios) – Greek Orthodox (clearly depicted at the funeral of her father in the 2004 movie; according to some sources she is depicted as Catholic in the comics)

Very interesting stuff. Links courtesy of The BEAT.

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Weapons of Mass Destruction

November 29th, 2005 Posted by david brothers

Bruce Wayne isn’t Batman’s mask, despite what some noted writers and fans would have you believe. Bruce Wayne is Bruce Wayne. Batman is simply a convenient tool that Bruce Wayne uses to help assauge his guilt over his parents’ murder.

There’s a couple of varying stories on what happened the night they were killed, but two things are certain: the movie was Bruce’s idea (Year One and the Loeb & Sale books) and he said three words to them that he can never, ever take back: “I hate you” (Azzarello and Risso’s Broken City).

The combination of the two are what helps to drive his crusade. He’s atoning for his sin against his parents by way of making sure that it will never, ever happen to anyone else. It’s a crusade that he cannot win, and he knows it, but refuses to admit it. He isn’t patching up wounds with chewing gum, he’s out there to stamp out all crime. He isn’t going to stop until he’s done.

If you look at a lot of scenes where Bruce takes off his cowl, you’ll notice that he’s either showing his human side (usually to his sidekicks) or getting down to serious business (JLA: World War III). That’s the true Bruce Wayne right there.

Batman is a weapon. Bruce Wayne is the man who wields it.

4thletter is back. Watch this space.

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