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Marvel Comics and DC Comics have been creating crime fighting super heroes since 1934. Heroes in tights, super natural abilities, and evil villains consumed the 1930s and 1940s in its Golden Age of Comic books. Superpowers like flying, laser vision, slinging webs, magic rings and hammers, super human strength, and shape shifting, unfortunately, are not possible. So to have a "super hero" in modern civilization is impossible; save for one hero. With his mob based villains, deranged and brilliant minds who have each entered Arkham City's Insane Asylum at least once, the most realistic hero is Batman. Through his dark villains, we see crime done much like the crime we see in real life, making the character of Batman even more real. The world he lives in, although fictional, resembles big cities that are comparable to some of ours. Appearing first in 1938 in DC's 27th issue, Batman has been called "The World's Greatest Detective", "The Caped Crusader", and "The Dark Knight" himself. Batman has no real "superpowers". If you put him in front of a firing squad the bullets would definitely pierce through his skin. He goes around Gotham City caped traveling through the shadows with stealth and speed. Gotham City, Batman's city, is a large urban city with a lot of crime and corruption, a place similar to New York or Chicago with all its sky scrapers, dark alleys, unforgiving weather, and vagrant people. He has no super strength but he knows multiple disciplines of martial arts. He can't sling webs, fly, shoot lasers out of his eyes, or teleport, but he is a billionaire who manufactures his own gadgets. The Batarang, his go-to weapon in which he throws at his foes to knock guns out of their hands (also used for knocking them back), his Bat-Claw to grab on to objects and enemies from a distance, his Grapple Gun to swing himself around the city or to quickly shoot up to hide from an enemy, smoke bombs, explosive gel, his Detective Sight Vision Radar which is able to sense heart beats and thermal energy in order to spot enemies in the dark, it has x-ray vision, it helps him see through walls, and detect particles and elements in the air creating a trail for him to follow when looking for someone. If he's not swinging around in his grapple gun he's speeding through the streets using his Batmobile; other transportation includes: Batplane (aka Batwing), Batboat, and Batsub. He hides in the shadows, sneaks up behind you (or above you), and takes you down quietly, not arousing any suspicion to other cronies around you. This adds to his realism, because humans can't have super powers, but they can build machine and learn martial arts. Batman's list of villains is endless, created after the prohibition and during the mob era, all his villains are mob based, meaning they are mobs lead by one of his "archenemies". When his enemies aren't fighting amongst each other for control of Gotham, they often team up together in order to try and kill Batman. Batman's comics, movies, and games are dark, meaning that they are not so inspiring or all sunshine. In most of his adventures someone dies, he's had sidekicks die and or crippled. His first sidekick Robin (Dick Grayson) grew up and became Nightwing. His second sidekick, Batgirl (Barbara Gordon) ended up being crippled by The Joker (Batman's most notorious enemy); he shot her in the spine and paralyzed her in Batman: The Killing Joke in March 1988's issue. She later became The Oracle and was Batman's all Seeing Eye during his missions by using super technology and hacking computer main frames to view the cameras in the buildings. His second Robin (Jason Todd) was killed by The Joker in Batman's #426-429 Issue: A Death in the Family in December 1988. The story is tragic, after things got tense between the hero and his sidekick, Batman angrily dismisses him as his sidekick, so Robin then leaves in search to find his biological mother. After finding her, they share their time together, but unbeknownst to them, The Joker watches. The Joker then blackmails his mother to give Robin up, or else. After being beat senseless with a crowbar, The Joker leaves Jason half unconscious in a puddle of his own blood locked in a room with a time bomb. Batman hurries to save him but is too late; blaming himself for his death he makes an oath to never have a sidekick again as he stands alone in the rain at Jason's empty funeral. This makes Batman all the more real because the world is not always rainbows and butterflies, the world is cruel and the villain is not always stopped at the always clich? moment of half way through his speech right before before he wins. Mobs and gangs exist, people are often held ransom, and schools, hospitals, and day cares have been bombed before. Unfortunately, the hero doesn't always make it on time, and evil people get away with their actions. Arkham City is a small island off the Gotham Bay. In Arkham you will find only one thing, its Insane Asylum. It has housed the most degenerate villains Gotham City has ever seen, most placed in there by Batman himself. Batman's main enemy is The Joker. He is a deranged, twisted, highly intelligent psychopath with a sadistic sense of humor; the definition of chaos. Ranked #1 on Wizard's (comic books, entertainment, and pop culture magazine) list of The 100 Greatest Villains of All Time, The Joker is responsible for a lot of the tragedies in Batman's life. An expert in chemistry, engineering, and explosives, he wreaks havoc on Gotham City with his "sidekick" Harley Quinn. I use the term side kick loosely because he doesn't actually care for her, in that black hole of hate he has that we call a heart, there is no room for compassion, and through manipulation he uses her. She was not always bad. In fact she was an intern at Arkham Asylum trying to get her doctorate in psychology. Her first patient was The Joker, and she fell in love. People become corrupted; Harley Quinn is not the only innocent person being pulled in to the bad side. Two other victims of this change are Harvey Dent and Dr. Jonathan Crane. Harvey Dent was a clean-cut district attorney for Gotham City; he was Gotham's "White Knight" and an ally of Batman. He became insane after a criminal poured acid on his face scarring the left side of it giving him the name of "Two-Face". He developed bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, multiple personality disorder, and became a crime boss mobster. Dr. Jonathan Crane was a psychologist who used many drugs and psychological tactics to study the psyche of his patients, and would exploit the phobias of his patients with this special hallucinogen. When he saw he could use this in order to gain whatever he wanted, corrupted by greed, he became bad and has since then brought out the demons of Batman's subconscious to life, constantly terrorizing him on his tragic past making him relive that rainy night in a dark alley long ago where he witnessed his parents' death as a young boy. Scared of the play him and his parents were watching, he asked his parents if they could leave. They walked out the theater where they were mugged and then shot, since then he blames the death of his parents on himself, casuing much guilt. Another dark villain is Victor Zsasz. He is not like the other villains. Almost all of Batman's villains belong under the category of a homicidal mastermind, Zsasz belongs into a different category entirely - serial killer. Zsasz belonged to a wealthy family, when his parents died he was 25 and fell into a dark depression. Gambling away all his fortune to The Penguin (another of Batman's archenemies who specializes in the Black Market), he then sought to commit suicide. As he was about to jump off the Gotham Bridge a homeless man attacked him looking for some money, he stole the homeless man's knife, looked into his eyes and realized there is no meaning to life, so he stuck the knife into the man's heart and from then on began to believe that undoubtedly this was "saving" someone. He referred to humans as "zombies", meaning we go through life passing by doing the same miserable thing waiting for something to happen, and by slitting our throats and positioning our bodies into a lifelike pose, he saves us. After every kill he carves a tally mark into his skin somewhere on his body. Mobsters, serial killers, and clinically insane people exist. People have dark pasts, and they have money to persuade cronies to join their crime raids. Innocent people are tainted and brought to the life of evil. Although surrounded by so much evil and crime, there are some good people, Batman's number one ally, Commissioner Gordon. Commissioner of the Gotham City Police Department, he was Batman's first ally and appeared in Batman's first comic and has continued to appear. A kind man, and law abiding citizen, he is one of the few men on the police force not corrupt. He's mentally strong and helps Batman as much as possible. Commissioner Gordon was in fact the one who came up with the Batsign; a giant spot light that shines in the sky with the Batman insignia on it. Unlike Harvey Dent who was a clean-cut person that eventually fell, Gordon stayed strong. Gordon's daughter, Barbara Gordon, was Batgirl, and like previously stated was shot in the spine by The Joker and paralyzed. In that same issue The Joker abducts Gordon and puts him in a freak show in an abandoned amusement park. In his cage he is forced to stare at enlarged photos of his wounded daughter in effort of The Joker to drive him insane. The Joker does this often to prove a point to Batman, this time he tried to prove that even normal people can be driven crazy after just "one bad day". Batman came and rescued Gordon, and despite the intense trauma Gordon endured. He kept his ethic code and sanity intact. He then tells Batman to apprehend The Joker without harming him in order to show the Joker that "our way works". The only attribute of Batman that is very difficult to believe is his unbending will. His will is so strong he doesn't become a slave to the toxins that Poison Ivy releases into the air. The toxins are potent pheromones that seduce men to do her will. Batman to date is the only one to break through her spell. Like Poison Ivy's pheromones, he survives Dr. Crane's hallucinogens that would normally turn an adult insane. Not only is it that his will helps overcome challenges, but his will is most notably used when he tell himself he will do good the "right way" no matter what. As a vigilante who takes the law into his own hand you would expect that he would kill some of his enemies. Batman has never killed any of his villains, and it's from his determination that this is never obscured. No matter what happens, no matter what is done, no matter what is said, no matter how tragic and frustrating life may get for him, he overcomes the urge to kill. He believes there is always another option, the higher road. Many agree that killing The Joker would end most of the misery in his life, killing The Scarecrow would prevent his walking nightmares, killing Two-Face, The Penguin, and Zsasz would lower the crime rate, but who are we to decide who lives or dies. J.R.R. Tolkien once said, "Many that live deserve death, and some die that deserve life. Can you give it to them? Then be not too eager to deal out death in the name of justice, fearing for your own safety. Even the wise cannot see all ends." Batman has his own demons, and in fear of his own sins, he knows it's not his place to deal out death. Pure goodness will always overcome evil; we see it in life every day, just like in Batman's comics. In conclusion, with the amount of super heroes we have, only one is suitable to actually exist. Relying on stealth, technology, and discipline he is the only hero capable to actually fight crime in today's society. That hero is Batman. When looking at today's society we see a lot of evil. Serial killers are out stalking their next prey, mobsters and gang continue to kill and loot, the criminally insane are out in the streets hurting people, and corruption thrives in big cities. The villains in Batman's story are similar to villains today. His villains include twisted and deranged mobsters and killers, all crazy and evil, but none with "super powers". Although I know Gotham City and Arkham City don't exist, we have places that closely resemble these fictional places; places filled with crime, corruption, and sky scrapers. Batman doesn't fly, he uses his Batmobile and drives across the city. He can't shoot laser beams out of his eyes, but he can knock out that weapon you're holding by throwing his Batarang. Although he won't teleport behind you, he sneaks through the shadows quietly and will attack you silently so to not arise suspicion. His friends and allies are all human, and he loses the life of friends like many people do. So to say that any hero other than Batman is the most realistic hero would be incorrect.
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Batman Persuasive Essay

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              Marvel Comics and DC Comics have been creating crime fighting super heroes since 1934. Heroes in tights, super natural abilities, and evil villains consumed the 1930s and 1940s in its Golden Age of Comic books. Superpowers like flying, laser vision, slinging webs, magic rings and hammers, super human strength, and shape shifting, unfortunately, are not possible. So to have a "super hero" in modern civilization is impossible; save for one hero. With his mob based villains, deranged and brilliant minds who have each entered Arkham City's Insane Asylum at least once, the most realistic hero is Batman. Through his dark villains, we see crime done much like the crime we see in real life, making the character of Batman even more real. The world he lives in, although fictional, resembles big cities that are comparable to some of ours. Appearing first in 1938 in DC's 27th issue, Batman has been called "The World's Greatest Detective", "The Caped Crusader", and "The Dark Knight" himself.
             
              Batman has no real "superpowers". If you put him in front of a firing squad the bullets would definitely pierce through his skin. He goes around Gotham City caped traveling through the shadows with stealth and speed. Gotham City, Batman's city, is a large urban city with a lot of crime and corruption, a place similar to New York or Chicago with all its sky scrapers, dark alleys, unforgiving weather, and vagrant people. He has no super strength but he knows multiple disciplines of martial arts. He can't sling webs, fly, shoot lasers out of his eyes, or teleport, but he is a billionaire who manufactures his own gadgets. The Batarang, his go-to weapon in which he throws at his foes to knock guns out of their hands (also used for knocking them back), his Bat-Claw to grab on to objects and enemies from a distance, his Grapple Gun to swing himself around the city or to quickly shoot up to hide from an enemy, smoke bombs, explosive gel, his Detective Sight Vision Radar which is able to sense heart beats and thermal energy in order to spot enemies in the dark, it has x-ray vision, it helps him see through walls, and detect particles and elements in the air creating a trail for him to follow when looking for someone. If he's not swinging around in his grapple gun he's speeding through the streets using his Batmobile; other transportation includes: Batplane (aka Batwing), Batboat, and Batsub. He hides in the shadows, sneaks up behind you (or above you), and takes you down quietly, not arousing any suspicion to other cronies around you. This adds to his realism, because humans can't have super powers, but they can build machine and learn martial arts.
             
              Batman's list of villains is endless, created after the prohibition and during the mob era, all his villains are mob based, meaning they are mobs lead by one of his "archenemies". When his enemies aren't fighting amongst each other for control of Gotham, they often team up together in order to try and kill Batman. Batman's comics, movies, and games are dark, meaning that they are not so inspiring or all sunshine. In most of his adventures someone dies, he's had sidekicks die and or crippled.
             
              His first sidekick Robin (Dick Grayson) grew up and became Nightwing. His second sidekick, Batgirl (Barbara Gordon) ended up being crippled by The Joker (Batman's most notorious enemy); he shot her in the spine and paralyzed her in Batman: The Killing Joke in March 1988's issue. She later became The Oracle and was Batman's all Seeing Eye during his missions by using super technology and hacking computer main frames to view the cameras in the buildings. His second Robin (Jason Todd) was killed by The Joker in Batman's #426-429 Issue: A Death in the Family in December 1988. The story is tragic, after things got tense between the hero and his sidekick, Batman angrily dismisses him as his sidekick, so Robin then leaves in search to find his biological mother. After finding her, they share their time together, but unbeknownst to them, The Joker watches. The Joker then blackmails his mother to give Robin up, or else. After being beat senseless with a crowbar, The Joker leaves Jason half unconscious in a puddle of his own blood locked in a room with a time bomb. Batman hurries to save him but is too late; blaming himself for his death he makes an oath to never have a sidekick again as he stands alone in the rain at Jason's empty funeral.
             
              This makes Batman all the more real because the world is not always rainbows and butterflies, the world is cruel and the villain is not always stopped at the always clich? moment of half way through his speech right before before he wins. Mobs and gangs exist, people are often held ransom, and schools, hospitals, and day cares have been bombed before. Unfortunately, the hero doesn't always make it on time, and evil people get away with their actions.
             
              Arkham City is a small island off the Gotham Bay. In Arkham you will find only one thing, its Insane Asylum. It has housed the most degenerate villains Gotham City has ever seen, most placed in there by Batman himself. Batman's main enemy is The Joker. He is a deranged, twisted, highly intelligent psychopath with a sadistic sense of humor; the definition of chaos. Ranked #1 on Wizard's (comic books, entertainment, and pop culture magazine) list of The 100 Greatest Villains of All Time, The Joker is responsible for a lot of the tragedies in Batman's life. An expert in chemistry, engineering, and explosives, he wreaks havoc on Gotham City with his "sidekick" Harley Quinn. I use the term side kick loosely because he doesn't actually care for her, in that black hole of hate he has that we call a heart, there is no room for compassion, and through manipulation he uses her. She was not always bad. In fact she was an intern at Arkham Asylum trying to get her doctorate in psychology. Her first patient was The Joker, and she fell in love.
             
              People become corrupted; Harley Quinn is not the only innocent person being pulled in to the bad side. Two other victims of this change are Harvey Dent and Dr. Jonathan Crane. Harvey Dent was a clean-cut district attorney for Gotham City; he was Gotham's "White Knight" and an ally of Batman. He became insane after a criminal poured acid on his face scarring the left side of it giving him the name of "Two-Face". He developed bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, multiple personality disorder, and became a crime boss mobster. Dr. Jonathan Crane was a psychologist who used many drugs and psychological tactics to study the psyche of his patients, and would exploit the phobias of his patients with this special hallucinogen. When he saw he could use this in order to gain whatever he wanted, corrupted by greed, he became bad and has since then brought out the demons of Batman's subconscious to life, constantly terrorizing him on his tragic past making him relive that rainy night in a dark alley long ago where he witnessed his parents' death as a young boy. Scared of the play him and his parents were watching, he asked his parents if they could leave. They walked out the theater where they were mugged and then shot, since then he blames the death of his parents on himself, casuing much guilt.
             
              Another dark villain is Victor Zsasz. He is not like the other villains. Almost all of Batman's villains belong under the category of a homicidal mastermind, Zsasz belongs into a different category entirely - serial killer. Zsasz belonged to a wealthy family, when his parents died he was 25 and fell into a dark depression. Gambling away all his fortune to The Penguin (another of Batman's archenemies who specializes in the Black Market), he then sought to commit suicide. As he was about to jump off the Gotham Bridge a homeless man attacked him looking for some money, he stole the homeless man's knife, looked into his eyes and realized there is no meaning to life, so he stuck the knife into the man's heart and from then on began to believe that undoubtedly this was "saving" someone. He referred to humans as "zombies", meaning we go through life passing by doing the same miserable thing waiting for something to happen, and by slitting our throats and positioning our bodies into a lifelike pose, he saves us. After every kill he carves a tally mark into his skin somewhere on his body.
             
              Mobsters, serial killers, and clinically insane people exist. People have dark pasts, and they have money to persuade cronies to join their crime raids. Innocent people are tainted and brought to the life of evil. Although surrounded by so much evil and crime, there are some good people, Batman's number one ally, Commissioner Gordon. Commissioner of the Gotham City Police Department, he was Batman's first ally and appeared in Batman's first comic and has continued to appear. A kind man, and law abiding citizen, he is one of the few men on the police force not corrupt. He's mentally strong and helps Batman as much as possible. Commissioner Gordon was in fact the one who came up with the Batsign; a giant spot light that shines in the sky with the Batman insignia on it. Unlike Harvey Dent who was a clean-cut person that eventually fell, Gordon stayed strong. Gordon's daughter, Barbara Gordon, was Batgirl, and like previously stated was shot in the spine by The Joker and paralyzed. In that same issue The Joker abducts Gordon and puts him in a freak show in an abandoned amusement park. In his cage he is forced to stare at enlarged photos of his wounded daughter in effort of The Joker to drive him insane. The Joker does this often to prove a point to Batman, this time he tried to prove that even normal people can be driven crazy after just "one bad day". Batman came and rescued Gordon, and despite the intense trauma Gordon endured. He kept his ethic code and sanity intact. He then tells Batman to apprehend The Joker without harming him in order to show the Joker that "our way works".
             
              The only attribute of Batman that is very difficult to believe is his unbending will. His will is so strong he doesn't become a slave to the toxins that Poison Ivy releases into the air. The toxins are potent pheromones that seduce men to do her will. Batman to date is the only one to break through her spell. Like Poison Ivy's pheromones, he survives Dr. Crane's hallucinogens that would normally turn an adult insane. Not only is it that his will helps overcome challenges, but his will is most notably used when he tell himself he will do good the "right way" no matter what. As a vigilante who takes the law into his own hand you would expect that he would kill some of his enemies. Batman has never killed any of his villains, and it's from his determination that this is never obscured. No matter what happens, no matter what is done, no matter what is said, no matter how tragic and frustrating life may get for him, he overcomes the urge to kill. He believes there is always another option, the higher road. Many agree that killing The Joker would end most of the misery in his life, killing The Scarecrow would prevent his walking nightmares, killing Two-Face, The Penguin, and Zsasz would lower the crime rate, but who are we to decide who lives or dies. J. R. R. Tolkien once said, "Many that live deserve death, and some die that deserve life. Can you give it to them? Then be not too eager to deal out death in the name of justice, fearing for your own safety. Even the wise cannot see all ends. " Batman has his own demons, and in fear of his own sins, he knows it's not his place to deal out death. Pure goodness will always overcome evil; we see it in life every day, just like in Batman's comics.
             
              In conclusion, with the amount of super heroes we have, only one is suitable to actually exist. Relying on stealth, technology, and discipline he is the only hero capable to actually fight crime in today's society. That hero is Batman. When looking at today's society we see a lot of evil. Serial killers are out stalking their next prey, mobsters and gang continue to kill and loot, the criminally insane are out in the streets hurting people, and corruption thrives in big cities. The villains in Batman's story are similar to villains today. His villains include twisted and deranged mobsters and killers, all crazy and evil, but none with "super powers". Although I know Gotham City and Arkham City don't exist, we have places that closely resemble these fictional places; places filled with crime, corruption, and sky scrapers. Batman doesn't fly, he uses his Batmobile and drives across the city. He can't shoot laser beams out of his eyes, but he can knock out that weapon you're holding by throwing his Batarang. Although he won't teleport behind you, he sneaks through the shadows quietly and will attack you silently so to not arise suspicion. His friends and allies are all human, and he loses the life of friends like many people do. So to say that any hero other than Batman is the most realistic hero would be incorrect.
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[Finger, Bill (w), Kane, Bob (p), Robinson, Jerry (i).] Batman #1 (April 1940) National Comics Publications [DC Comics].

[Finger, Bill (w), Kane, Bob (p), Robinson, Jerry (i).] Batman #4 (February 1941)National Comics Publications [DC Comics].

[Finger, Bill (w), Kane, Bob (p), Robinson, Jerry (i).] Batman #5 (1941)National Comics Publications [DC Comics].

[Finger, Bill (w), Kane, Bob (p), Robinson, Jerry (i).] "The Bat-Man" Decevtive Comics #27 (May 1939)National Comics Publications [DC Comics].
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