What if Batman were a Marvel Character?

Here’s the followup to my most successful post ever over at Sourcerer. Give it a read if you haven’t.


Happy new book day, everyone! I hope you are all doing well. Welcome to the beginning of the second six months of this Batman column. Awhile back I asked a popular question: is Batman a Marvel character trapped in the DC Universe? The Internet reacted favorably. This seems to be a popular line of thought, being as even Joss Whedon has joked about it during press conferences. Today, I wish to propose a few thought experiments to determine what Batman might actually be like if he were a Marvel character.

From http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Just_Imagine... Courtesy of DC Comics. Art by the late, great Joe Kubert. From http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Just_Imagine… Courtesy of DC Comics. Art by the late, great Joe Kubert.

To begin, this doesn’t seem like a very new question in Nerd Culture. Back in 2001, DC actually thumbed its nose at Marvel by putting out a series of stories where they allowed Stan Lee to reimagine most of their major characters as he would have…

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Four Traits That Make Fantasy Attractive (and coincidentally make your potential mate attractive)

How is a fantasy novel like a relationship, you ask? Well, you’re in luck! Below you’ll find four traits of fantasy novels that also happen to be preferable personality/character traits of a potential partner. When next you find yourself fishing in the sea of singles, keep these four traits in mind.

1. Strong, independent characters:

A fantasy novel just isn’t a fantasy novel without a strong, independent (often lead) character. No matter whether the character is male or female, no reader can honestly adore a character who lacks the determination to do whatever must be done to complete the quest ahead.

— And so it is the same with a potential mate. Strength enough to overcome any obstacles and the independent nature of a self-sufficient citizen are preferable (if not absolutely necessary) traits when searching for a mate.

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2. Plausible and coherent back-story:

Many fantasy novels utilize the prologue as a way to set up one-hundred years of the way things were using only a few pages. While the prologue has both friends and enemies, the most important thing is to ensure consistency and plausibility. Make the readers believe the past and the present.

— And so it is the same with a potential mate. If the history seems fishy or has bigger plot holes than an amateur’s rough draft, take heed. Not everyone is okay with a ten-year gap in action (especially if a prison sentence could have completed this particular puzzle).

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3. Hope for a better future:

Fantasy novels utilizing quest plots usually also contain a villain (whether environmental or actual makes no difference). The basic idea is to defeat said villain and complete said quest to gain whatever prize awaits. The better fantasy novels give the characters and readers hope for the future and follow through with a satisfactory conclusion.

— And so it is with a potential mate. It is far better to choose a partner who not only gives hope for a better future, but is able to utilize other star qualities to ensure that a better future is an attainable and worthwhile goal. Constant doom and gloom is sure to be a relationship killer.

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4. Action that advances the plot:

What good is action to any storyline if it doesn’t advance the plot? The best fantasy utilizes action not only to advance the plot, but to build the characters’ relationships which, in turn, can also lead to plot advancement. Let the readers cheer for the characters and their actions.

— And so it is with a potential mate. What good is any action that doesn’t bring enjoyment? Life is what we make it, so use every available moment to do things that make you and your partner happy. The plot (aka: Life) will be all the better because of it, and the bond can only strengthen over time.

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These traits are only the tip of the iceberg. What other traits of your favorite fantasy novels are also traits you would prefer to discover when searching for the one? Come on, now. Don’t be shy.