I went into the comic book shop, figuring they might have a Batman ring or something, and the comic book guy was very accommodating in my search. He went behind the counter and handed me:
I was going to say that I was really looking for something made of metal, but he told me they were “gratis” before I finished, so I basically walked out of the comic book store with three free rings.
Asked by mjwatson
I’ve been getting a lot of this lately since I started posting more about Batman.
Let me start by saying:
Think of what you mean by “superpowers.” They are things an ordinary person can’t do, right? Abilities and skills that set them apart from the typical human being.
However, does that mean it has to be something an ordinary human couldn’t attain? Conceivably, given enough time and energy, any human could duplicate the lab accident that gave the Flash his powers. Any human who put enough effort in could increase their willpower and master their fear, then wield Green Lantern’s ring. Enough studies in gene manipulation could probably duplicate any mutant power.
So why is Batman different? Why are his superior strength, agility, and intellect not considered to be superpowers just because he worked to obtain them?
That’s the thing, though, does it really matter whether or not he has superpowers? The “super” in “superhero” doesn’t apply to the hero, it applies to the level of heroics. Since Batman fights superhuman and subhuman enemies, whether mentally or physically.
It has nothing to do with the character, it’s a genre. Batman fits into the superhero genre, and saying he’s “not a superhero” would be like saying “Pride and Prejudice” isn’t romance because it has nothing to with Rome. Using the most literal sense of the word, you could make a flimsy argument for it, but at that point you’re just arguing semantics. It’s the same level of douchiness that leads to terms like “graphic novel” because “comic book” implies that they’re supposed to be funny.
I saw “Green Lantern” earlier today and loved it. However, I’ve heard that people hated it a lot. Some people are saying that it’s just a terrible movie and insisting that I’m crazy for liking it.
Here’s the thing. You might be a good person. You and I might get along. I accept that there are movies that I will like and you will hate.
That being the case, you have no right to tell me whether or not to like a movie. I laughed at the funny moments, I enjoyed the character arc of Hal Jordan learning that there is a difference between having no fear and overcoming your fear, and I don’t care what anyone says, the special effects were awesome.
Think about it like the Watchmen movie. That movie was specially made for people who’ve read the book and no one else. That’s why so many people came out of it feeling alienated or bored. It’s the same with the Green Lantern. People who really get Hal Jordan and have read Green Lantern comics, seen him in the DCAU, and have been dying to see a Green Lantern movie as long as they can remember will understand that Ryan Reynolds’ performance is spot-on. They’ll see that the fear vs. willpower arc worked perfectly with Parallax. And any comic book fan who’s seen how well Nolan’s Batman saga has done will know that you don’t bring in the most iconic villain until Part II.
Now, I went to see this with my father. I brought him as a father’s day present. We were both Green Lantern fans as children, specifically Hal Jordan. We thoroughly enjoyed the movie because it was a good movie. It was well-constructed and well-executed with high production values. If you don’t like it, you probably aren’t a big fan of Green Lantern in the first place, and if you’re ALREADY one, then you may be too close to see it objectively. (Or it could be something else entirely. Everyone feels differently about everything, I’m just trying to give examples that show I understand why people would have different opinions about it than me, and in turn request the same courtesy.)
The point is, if you don’t like Green Lantern, fine. However (and I’m saying this now, in front of everybody so that I don’t go back on it later under pressure), I liked the movie. I would pay to see it again. It was fun, engaging, and brought one of my favorite childhood characters to life right in front of me. Going to see it with my father is a memory I will cherish for the rest of my life, so I would appreciate it if everyone would try to avoid tarnishing that by talking shit on it. You’re entitled to your opinion, I’m not asking you to change how you felt about the movie or about the Green Lantern in general, however, I am asking you to respect the fact that I enjoyed it immensely, and, if you must share an opposing opinion with me, please don’t be a douche about it.
Long story short, I loved it, and there’s no amount of hating people can do that will get me to change my mind on that.