4 Reasons Why Batman Must Be Considered An Anti-Hero

3. Batman Is A Menace To Society

Batman Menace

Over the years the people of Gotham have been asked to vote whether or not to allow the Batman to carry on doing what he's been doing. The argument was made that although the citizens of Gotham City applaud the masked vigilante for his actions against the criminal underbelly but live in fear of him at the same time as they are unsure of what his presence will bring with it in the future. The idea of Batman as a menace to society is not as simple as it may sound. I do not mean that he is himself directly menacing the populace but by existing at all he is indirectly bringing about an almost anarchic state that is driving the crime figures in Gotham through the roof. You cannot deny that Batman is an oddball and would the other oddballs running around trying to kill him even be there if it wasn't for him? The ever increasing insanity of plots by villains like The Joker are devised solely to try to get the better of the man dressed as a bat. If he wasn't on the scene would the crimes escalate beyond your usual types of criminal activity? In Nolan's Dark Knight movie Heath Ledger's Joker tells Batman: "You won't kill me out of some misplaced sense of self-righteousness. And I won't kill you because you're just too much fun. I think you and I are destined to do this forever". If that doesn't tell you that Batman is responsible for keeping himself in business then nothing will. In contrast it must be assumed then that if Batman were to vanish tomorrow then so would a lot of the crime. With the challenge gone what reason would The Joker, Bane, The Riddler etc have to stick around?

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