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Hey Frank Miller: Batman is the 99% (UPDATED)

Warning: political, intemperate.

…aaand here’s the sequel (warning: f-bomb, gutter talk, mature situations):

30 Comments

Lojasmo

about 8 years ago

Fifteen seconds of that guy was too much.

blind

about 8 years ago

@Lojasmo no way, you're wrong about Jim.  His videos are one of the best things on this site.  Straight premise / weird comment / boom.  The hating of him needs to stop.

Nonetheless:
I love Batman.  But Jim, you are dead wrong about Batman.  Batman is a law and order goon for the 1%.  He's Rudy Giuliani's secret police, and Nixon's black ops team, against the chaos of the often anarchistic, disenfranchised underclass.  Batman would hate Occupy Wall Street.  Robin might tell him to chill out a bit, but Batman would not endorse what is going on down there.  In Duluth, Batman would show up in the middle of the night to get Riddler Kilgour out of the Civic Center.

While we're at it, Jim, I think you got some details wrong about the flora and fauna of Lake Superior.  But I'm so glad you made the videos you did, and I look forward to your next one.

VicariouS

about 8 years ago

Richardson's kitchen is exactly as I imagined: cluttered, cozy, and with endless cool things to look at.

EP

about 8 years ago

Jim. You are absolutely right. Batman is only the 1% when he assumes his Alter-ego, millions gorrillianaire Bruce Wayne. Plus, isn't there a philanthropic side to Wayne Industries? And, he took in Dick Grayson? Batman is a man of the people. He fights super villains, corrupt cops, mad scientists... Not anarchists. Discuss.

farglebargle

about 8 years ago

Robocop is also the 99%. (Miller co-wrote the two sequels.)

farglebargle

about 8 years ago

Come to think of it, who in Frank Miller's universe isn't the 99%? Daredevil, The Spirit, the cast of Sin City...Leonidas is a king, but he's named after a mine in Virginia, so he qualifies. (Or is the other way around? No matter.)

Bret

about 8 years ago

From the pictures I've seen, I'm not sure if Frank Miller is in the 1%, but he seems like a narcissist jerk nonetheless.

Bret

about 8 years ago

Oh, and a douche bag.

Ramos

about 8 years ago

I hate the word douchebag.

Holt J. Giles

about 8 years ago

True that, Frank Miller is a shit weasel.  Aside,  Jim had the pure balls and stamina to spend every day last summer studying the lake, absorbing its inner secrets. I'll sensiknoggin anyone who bad mouths him.

EP

about 8 years ago

Forgot to mention that Frank Miller is a tiny little jerk of a man. Absolutely drunk on celebrity and percieved power. La Douche.

Jadiaz

about 8 years ago

Sorry but even as Batman, he is filthy rich. If he didn't need all his gadgets, or you know, all the tech in the Bat cave, he could donate a ton more than he does to helping Gotham. 

Sure Wayne Enterprises has a philanthropic side, and Bruce is always donating to charity, but so does Microsoft in the real world as well as Bill Gates. I would still argue both are in the 1% as defined by the occupy movement. 

As far as Batman goes, he is still a rich boy with rich toys who most of the time does more damage to the city while trying to stop one criminal, than the criminal often does himself. Who pays for that? The 99% in taxes trying to rebuild.  

Batman also fights self-described anarchists, see the Joker for more, so the argument that he doesn't is foolish.

Ultimately, Batman is Bruce Wayne and vice versa. Bruce Wayne could beef up the police with the same gadgets he has, root out the corrupt cops, and spend way more to truly help his city, if he weren't hell bent on doing it himself. Batman is as much of the 1% as his alter ego. 

Batman fights alone, instead of ultimately equipping others to fight for themselves and their city.

The only superhero I'd put in the 99%? Spiderman.

GK

about 8 years ago

That was unbearable. Batman is the .01%.

Jim

about 8 years ago

I think Mr. Dickardson did absorb something- too bad it wasn't common sense. I knew there was a reason I love the Batman! And Jadiaz, you are forgetting Underdog.

Jim

about 8 years ago

By the way, does anyone else notice a slight resemblance to Marti Feldman?

Jadiaz

about 8 years ago

Jim, so true! I stand corrected.

andy

about 8 years ago

One of the lesser-known casualties of 9/11 and the Wargasm Security-State Panic that followed was Frank Miller's talent. The guy he is now could never have written the Dark Knight Returns.

doubledutch

about 8 years ago

Genius!  So, yeah.

Jadiaz

about 8 years ago

I agree Frank Miller is a dick, but the argument is Batman being the 99%, which IMHO he is not.

Matt

about 8 years ago

So, yeah, that was a total waste of my time

EP

about 8 years ago

Jim.... That is your best video EVER!!! please make more batman action figure shorts!!!

jim

about 8 years ago

Here's a cartoon that more accurately depicts what's wrong with this country. It was made in the 1940s in the classic Disney style.


steven hasse

about 8 years ago

This is interesting to think about. Batman is complicated so I don't know where Batman would stand on this issue. I know Tony Stark though WOULD support the 1%. I think the superheros whom would support the 99% are Daredevil (I think Matt Murdock would HATE Wall Street), Spiderman (possibly), Captain America (Steve Rogers hates bullies and cares about the average person)

Those are the few I think would be in the 99% and I know Iron Man would support the 1%. I am also assuming people from Watchmen (the Comedian and Rorschach would support the 1% too).

Batman, that's hard to judge for me, Batman is complicated in many ways. Somehow, I think Batman would be neutral.

Ramos

about 8 years ago

Groo is the 99%.

zra

about 8 years ago

Gru is 99%.

Assemble the minions!

zra

about 8 years ago

I think the pertinent test question here would be:

"Could (insert your fave hero's name)'s loyalties be bought, or would they work for the common good?"

Darkmetal

about 8 years ago

Batman is the 99%?  First of all, let's examine the so-called "99%":

Are 99% of Americans depositing garbage (30 tons of it in LA alone), raping women (and men, a deaf man in NY), shooting people, complaining that we need Socialism/Communism/Anarchism (name the awful movement, they espouse it), throwing paint bombs at police, and enjoy banging drums day and night?  No, this is the 1% gutter snipes known as the Faaaaaar Left.

The Batman Mythos started via "dirtbags" who killed Bruce Wayne's parents.  Wayne then began a quest to make a figure that would put fear in the hearts of the criminal element--his image?  The Bat.  Wayne did not give up all his money to the Govt, which was doing little to curtail the criminals like those who murdered his parents.  He instead continued to make money to finance his "Batman project", and mete out his own form of justice, which some would call vigilantism.  How many on the Left would support a disquised character who beat up on their bros?  To them, he would be despised, a hater on the poor who simply were forced into a life of crime (the Left always justifies criminal actions via upbringing).  Batman does not moralize over criminals, he simply pulverizes them, and leaves them like trash for the police to pick up.

For this Jim character to somehow disconnect Bruce Wayne from Batman is hilarious--they are the same person.  Had Bruce Wayne's parents not been murdered, there would be no Batman.  He, at that point, might have become truly the idle rich white boy that he promotes to cover for his alter ego.  Instead, he acts.  This is more "Right" than "Left".  Why?  Because the Left would never actually act to make things better, they look to Govt for it.  And when the Police deal with them, they are against that as well.  They spew "Anarchism" but in reality they would do poorly under Anarchy--they need their trust funds, their govt grants, their free healthcare, ect.

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