Day Seven: Favourite Batman quote?
“Criminals are a terror. Hearts of the night. I must disguise my terror. Criminals are cowardly. A superstitious terrible omen. A cowardly lot. My disguise must strike terror. I must be black. Terrible. Criminals are a superstitious cowardly lot. I must be a creature. I must be a creature of the night. Mommy’s dead. Daddy’s dead. Brucie’s dead. I shall become a bat.”
Grant Morrison’s Arkham Asylum: A Serious House on Serious Earthis one my absolute favorite graphic novels ever. If you’re a fan of Batman, comics in general, or even really good books, you need to read it. One of the best parts of the book is how it presents Batman and many of his villains. Each is given a more realistic approach, similar to what we’ve seen so far in the Christopher Nolan Batman films. The only exception to this is Batman himself. In Arkham Asylum, Batman is portrayed as much less realistic than anyone else. His costume curves and swirls in impossible patterns, and he’s actually not much more than a silhouette through the whole book.
Anyway, I could talk about this book all day. But I chose this quote, which is actually separate from the narrative and added on as the first of a series of journal-esque entries at the end, because I think it perfectly illustrates a recurring theme of Arkham Asylum: Batman is crazy. Obviously he isn’t mentally stable; this is a man who dresses as a bat and fights crime in order to cope with the pain of his parents death when he was 8 years old. It also blatantly states that Batman is the genuine persona, while Bruce Wayne is the created identity, which is something that a modern Batman audience is finally starting to understand.