Wednesday, April 19, 2006
Batman vs Osama: Holy Terror
Frank Miller is working on a graphic novel entitled "Holy Terror, Batman" where Batman fights Al-Qaeda in Gotham City. Miller is pitching this as a throwback to when superheroes fought the Nazis in the 1940's. While Frank Miller is right that Captain America punched out Hitler, I think everyone agrees that it was a little goofy. The problem with having fictional superheroes beat up real villains is that the real person is still around. So what good is it? Besides that, compared to the Joker and Ras Al-Ghul, Al-Qaeda is small change. I think Miller would have been better off doing a fictionalized version of Al-Qaeda or a metaphor of Al-Qaeda. I just hope Frank Miller doesn't go so far as to have Batman punch Osama bin Laden. Because that's just silly. I find it interesting that Frank Miller, who had Batman basically fighting the US government in Dark Knight Returns is now so gung-ho into propaganda. Funny what happens when we get older, isn't it?
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