20 March 2012

Batman And Superman: The Clash Of Morals


The Batman: The Case of The Chemical Syndicate is the first issue of the Batman story that came out in Detective Comics #27.  We get our very first glimpse of the adventures of the Batman and his heroic and not so heroic qualities in this exciting beginning.  The story begins with Commissioner Gordon having a smoke with his friend Bruce Wayne when they receive a shocking phone call saying that Young Lambert, the son of a partial owner of the Chemical Syndicate, has brutally murdered his father Old Lambert.  However when Gordon and Bruce Wayne arrive on scene they quickly realize that Young Lambert is innocent and that someone else is to blame for this horrendous murder and theft of a mysterious contract locked in Old Lamberts safe.  Our hero Batman, lurking in the shadows, ominous as ever, enters the story in the next scene.  After giving the killers of Stephen Crane, another partial owner of the Chemical Syndicate, a beating of a lifetime Batman narrowly escapes with another piece of the contract just as the Commissioner and the police arrive shouting their dislike for our masked hero.  Batman then dashes away to save Roger, another partial owner of the Chemical Syndicate, from being killed, only to uncover the truth that it is the fourth and final owner of the Chemical Syndicate, Stryker, who is behind the murders of his fellow partners all because he wanted full ownership of the company.  Stryker then lashes out at Batman, and our masked hero retaliates by punching him into an acid tank below, showing no remorse whatsoever.  Lastly, we behold a shocking revelation that Batman is in fact Bruce Wayne from the beginning of the story, leaving us all awestruck.

In this comic we notice that Batman has some different ethics than Superman does.  Let’s take the first issues of both comics into consideration. In the Batman comic we see a hero that has some heroic qualities, like fighting crime, but also has a darker side, like letting Stryker get burned to a crisp in a tank of acid, which depicts him as someone who shows no pity and wants to take justice into his own hands.  The Superman from Action Comics #1 however, is a hero whom we see showing his miraculous strength, fighting crime, beating up bad guys, and scaring the crap out of them.  But we never see our hero Superman, so full of integrity, kill anyone in this entire first issue.  Simcha Weinstein agrees, when he shows us that the themes of superhero comics closely mirror those of Jewish tradition.  Batman is about justice, who will even go so far as to take it into his own hands to make sure it is served, and Superman is about integrity, whose honesty and strong moral principles shine like a beacon in the night.  We see two heroes that seem the same because they both fight crime, but are completely different in so many ways.


I can personally see why people have a harder time relating to the hero Superman instead of Batman.  Who wouldn’t want to throw someone who was responsible for killing so many people into a tank filled with acid?  I would…. WAY TO GO BATMAN !!!!!!!   

I've seen a lot of comics where Batman always wins in a fight against Superman.  And I think Batman would win, but here's a comic that depicts a Superman that's not so full of integrity.  This is for the few Superman fans out there....  
 

7 comments:

  1. Good post, Mike. But that would never happen :-P

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  2. How could Batman even defend himself in that situation Mr V? I'd like to hear a rebuttal.

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  3. 'Cause Batman's always prepared! He'd probably have some kryptonite in his utility belt, and when Superman TRIED to punch him, he wouldn't have super-speed anymore. Then Batman would dodge it, and probably throw in a spinning back kick to teach Superman a lesson.

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  4. How is it that Kryptonite has no adverse affects on humans?! I'm sure it gives you unnatural growths after prolonged exposure

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  5. Well of course it does! That's why Batman keeps it in a little lead box to keep the radiation from getting out. Everything I've written here has happened (more or less) in the comics :-)

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  6. I like the comparison between batman and superman. The description of superman being full of integrity is perfect and that's why he is the coolest. But I also thought your summary was well done!

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  7. Batman always wins.

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