Fandom Spotlight Day 28: Batman

For the month of April, I’m breaking out of my usual “format” and showcasing one of my favorite fandoms a day, so I will have shiny things to make me smile every day of my birthday month. When I sat down to write the list of my top 30 fandoms, I found the task terribly hard. How do I choose just 30? My apologies to all my beloved fandoms left off the list. I’m using random.org to determine what fandom gets what day.

Batman

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Favorite Quote: “It’s not who I am underneath, but what I do that defines me.” -Batman, Batman Begins

Favorite Version: Nolan movies, followed closely by Batman: The Animated Series from the ’90s.

How I Got Into It: I think my first exposure was possibly the first Michael Keaton Batman movie, followed by the live action television show and then the animated series. I loved Batman. He was my first superhero love and is my favorite even today.

Fangirl Intensity (scale of 1 to 10 with 10=full-out obsessed): 8

How I Fangirl: I’ve written a little fic, though nothing good. I mostly just watch a lot of versions repeatedly and read a lot of comics. I’ve got some LEGO. I’ve done some crafts as well.

Weirdest Merch I Own: a DVD that is the wrong region so I can’t watch it and some earrings that I can’t wear because I don’t have pierced ears (both sent in a swap-bot swap)

Favorite Fandom Creation: Maybe these Batman shelves

Why I’m Glad I Fangirl It: My favorite thing about Batman are the underlying emotions. It’s not just a guy who uses his powers to save the world. It’s someone filled with darkness and angst who is otherwise normal (rich, but human) who chooses to lead a double-life. I love that he is powerful and wonderful and skilled but absolutely not perfect in many ways. And I especially love that characters actually call him on that–Superman, Robin, Batgirl, Alfred, etc. I love his unwavering morality that turns into a willingness to do what’s right no matter what the cost. And I love that even the villains aren’t completely evil (crazy, yes, but not completely evil). I love his pain and his triumphs. It feels very dark and very real.

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