batman archetypes


I was thinking about how when you get right down to it the holy trinity of superheroes really are Superman, Batman and Spider-Man. Even if you don’t like any of them, you can’t deny their pop culture and genre shaping impact. 

Spidey invented the teen superhero archetype, Batman the vigilante superhero archetype (precursors were not superheroes) and Superman is the quintessential original superhero. 

But in thinking about it they actually present pretty great counterpoints to one another to as characters and the types of personal and storytelling approaches they take.

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BATMAN RACEBENDING: requested by absentlyabbie

Ladies and jerks! There’s been a slight change in tonight’s show. Insteada the opera robbin’ you for somethin’ like a thousand bucks a seat – we’re gonna rob you! Believe me folks, I’ve seen it already. I’m doin’ ya a big favor!

rinko kikuchi as harleen quinzel/harley quinn 

Note: I know that some people are going to be worried about this casting choice, but there’s a distinct difference between a Japanese actress playing a multifaceted anti-villain versus a Japanese actress playing a stereotypical villainous archetype.