Someone hates Batman. Big news right? It happens all the time – when a fictional goes viral, and seems to flood our social media networks with news and gossip, people begin to hate on that character. Here’s John Green, from the Vlogbrothers youtube page, opinion of the Dark Knight…
Not that John wants or needs my validation, but it’s perfectly fine if John wants to hate Batman. More power to him if he wants to send that hate out virally in a youtube video. He’s popular enough that anything he puts out there people will watch and enjoy. (he makes good videos.)
It’s hard for me to know how savvy John is when it comes to comics. Did he grow up reading them or watching the cartoons? Did he follow the comics religiously, or was it more casual? Or is he simply someone who knows only wants been portrayed in the films? Either way, there’s a very obvious hole (or many holes) in his argument about why he hates Batman, and all of it seems to be stemming from what’s been portrayed in popular media.
There does exist, within the Wayne Foundation, a side that’s heavily devoted to ensuring Gotham has what it needs to survive. This is a very prominent thing that’s explain within the comic world. Wayne Enterprises gives money, and lots of it, to certain causes – ones that maintain structures and roadways as well as bettering the longevity and health of the Earth. It’s also one of the main sources of financing the reconstruction of property damages due to Batman’s altercations with bad guys within Gotham’s borders. Wayne Enterprises also donates thousands of dollars towards charities that are trying to wipe out poverty, find cures for terrible diseases, and keep the Earth growing and green.
Now he’s not wrong that Bruce Wayne uses a significant portion of his company’s money towards funding his Bat-stuff, but it’s one of the reasons Batman’s adventures are so much fun. His assertion that we celebrate vigilantism is also a legitimate argument that I won’t refute in the least. We’ve done this for years. A male who saves lives under a mask and cape – it’s a common theme that’s been in the repertoire of American storytelling for a long time. Batman’s simply keeping with that tradition.
Of course, none of this really matters. It’s fun to debate comic-related stuff and I applaud John Green’s efforts in keeping the popularity of Batman alive and kicking!