Not normally one to jump on the viral meme wagon, but I liked this one. Because Batman is about being yourself. Poor Bruce Wayne has to be the billionaire playboy by day, but at night he dons tights, drives a motor head’s wet dream and beats the crap out of thugs.
It’s the small rebellions.
Everyone likes Batman. He’s just a guy. No gamma rays, no parents from planet Krypton. No heat vision. I could say he’s a rich guy who slums it in the poor side of Gotham beating on crooks, but he uses his power for good. And he drives himself to be the best, even when he was born on third base and could be an idle rich twit if he wanted.
Reminds me of what my friend and MMA teacher says. You can buy a Ferrari, or you can BE the Ferrari.
Or if you’re Batman, you can do both.
I wrote a story for Beat to a Pulp: Superhero starring Denny the Dent, which involves Batman. I always loved the Hulk, but Batman was a close second. People see the Hulk in Denny, but he wants to be Batman. Smarter, moral. Not a slave to the green rage. I give Denny his legs in this 7200 word tale, and we go deeper into his world. He’s killed a lot of people since he got out of prison. He never wants to go back, so he is keeping a lower profile. But trouble has a way of finding Denny. People see their own resentments in him. He inspires fear, and misplaced fear makes us behave at our worst.
The story, “Garbage Man,” will be appearing soon, e-book only, but readable in Amazon’s Kindle Cloud Reader. For now, get a taste of Denny in:
Pulp Modern #1, “Legacy of Brutality.” The first Denny story; where his friendship with Chareese, a trainer at the gym, gets him into trouble.
Crimespree no.4, “Rain Dog.” A flash fiction story written for Daniel B. O’Shea’s tornado relief challenge, Denny goes for a run in the rain, where he won’t be bothered by people… and runs into thugs using the weather for cover of their own.
Plots with Guns, “Junkyard Dog.” Denny finds a job hauling scrap with Earl, and a little dog brings them big trouble. This one is available for free online, and “Garbage Man” directly follows, so give it a read.
And try to be Batman. He keeps his dark side in check, but he doesn’t let the accident of his entitled birth keep him from doing good for us all.
© 2012 Thomas Pluck
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