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Old June 29 2011, 08:50 PM   #1
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Why Batman is Secretly Terrible for Gotham.

At least according to Cracked.com.

I can't say I entirely disagree. In the long term, Batman IS a pretty unsuccessful crime fighter...
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Old June 29 2011, 08:54 PM   #2
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Re: Why Batman is Secretly Terrible for Gotham.

http://www.trekbbs.com/showthread.php?t=144236

I'm excited to watch this when I get home.
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Old June 29 2011, 09:02 PM   #3
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Re: Why Batman is Secretly Terrible for Gotham.

The humor doesn't quite work for me, but I think there were actually some good points made. Though Bats is my favorite superhero, I find myself agreeing with the 'anti-Bat' speaker more than the pro-Bat guy.
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Old June 29 2011, 09:20 PM   #4
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Re: Why Batman is Secretly Terrible for Gotham.

Cracked's video content is pretty uneven. I remember one of those commentators used to have a terrible series (or two?) by himself, but in this group of four it's a little closer to the concentrated written humour the site is better at.

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Though Bats is my favorite superhero, I find myself agreeing with the 'anti-Bat' speaker more than the pro-Bat guy.
Yeah, I'd tend to agree. Batman's vigilantism makes for great entertainment but it has little relationship to a responsible effort to improve people's lives and reduce crime, and Batman is about the only superhero I really like.
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Old June 29 2011, 09:20 PM   #5
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Re: Why Batman is Secretly Terrible for Gotham.

Well look, all superheroes fail the "how would this actually work?" test. Superman is GOD; there is no excuse for a single death by accident, crime or natural disaster on his watch. Green Lantern's ring has, in theory, no limit to its power.
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Old June 29 2011, 09:37 PM   #6
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A lot of writers have latched on to the whole 'escalation' idea, which basically means Batman is responsible for all of the supervillains as well. Without him there would just be mobsters.

Nice job, Bats.
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Old June 29 2011, 10:14 PM   #7
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I remember one of those commentators used to have a terrible series (or two?) by himself, but in this group of four it's a little closer to the concentrated written humour the site is better at.
I miss Michael Swain's two solo video series. They were fantastic and far and away my favorite things on Cracked.
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Old June 29 2011, 10:21 PM   #8
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I miss Michael Swain's two solo video series. They were fantastic and far and away my favorite things on Cracked.
That was his name!

I thought they were pretty awkward. He seems much better in this ensemble.
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Old June 30 2011, 12:35 AM   #9
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Re: Why Batman is Secretly Terrible for Gotham.

^ I think they were intentionally awkward. That's kind of his style.

And yeah, I was a big fan of both of those series as well, along with Gladstone's Hate By Numbers.
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Old June 30 2011, 12:50 AM   #10
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I miss Michael Swain's two solo video series. They were fantastic and far and away my favorite things on Cracked.
That was his name!

I thought they were pretty awkward. He seems much better in this ensemble.
They were supposed to have an awkward edge to them, I think.

I think they're just different beasts.

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And yeah, I was a big fan of both of those series as well, along with Gladstone's Hate By Numbers.
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Old June 30 2011, 01:06 AM   #11
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Gladstone's Hate By Numbers.
That was alright, actually, but these might be some of the best videos I've seen on Cracked (not counting Britanick, obviously, who are comedy gods).
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Old June 30 2011, 04:43 AM   #12
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Re: Why Batman is Secretly Terrible for Gotham.

Batman is good for Gotham. The anti-Bat speaker is wrong.

For starters, it is not murder, its justifiable homicide. If a cop kills someone who is trying to run him over or shoot him or some else, it is not a crime.

Just putting money into social programs isn't going to stop all crime or put criminals away. They have to get rid of the bad elements. In some stories/episodes, Bruce Wayne mentions some of his charities. It is just not very interesting to read.

When Batman blew up the rails, it saved Gotham. If he had not done that, Gotham would be gone. It is like burning trees to stop a forest fire from spreading.
How is Gotham at Batman's mercy? Batman is not a tyrant. He did not make rules or force ordinary citizens to do anything.
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Old June 30 2011, 04:48 AM   #13
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A successfull Batman means boring comics.
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Old June 30 2011, 04:56 AM   #14
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Re: Why Batman is Secretly Terrible for Gotham.

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A successfull Batman means boring comics.
There could be a whole new series where Batman travels to another town and fights crime there. And then another. And then another!
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Old June 30 2011, 06:58 AM   #15
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Re: Why Batman is Secretly Terrible for Gotham.

One thing that never made any sense to me at all in shared comic universes is that there are a billion superheroes. Shouldn't there be no crime? Ever?
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