There are certain core traits that make up Batman, and most of them are all fairly well-known in popular culture. In most iterations of the character, Bruce Wayne is a billionaire playboy who witnessed the shooting of his parents as a child, and so decides to spend his nights fighting crime and corruption in Gotham. It’s no secret that I love Batman; he’s been my favorite for as long as I can remember, and I’m probably not the only one who likes that fact that he’s a human who can stand toe to toe with Superman. But after countless conversations about the character (mostly when Uta and I should have been studying), there are certain truths about him that I can’t deny.
People often jokingly argue that Batman’s superpower is actually money. I’d like to think he’d fight crime even if he wasn’t born in a manor, but the truth is that it’s a lot easier to do when you’ve got a Kevlar suit, fancy analyzing equipment, and a Batmobile. As a rich, white male, Bruce has privilege in ways that many fans of his character do not. Sometimes it feels like this privilege isn’t really discussed in Batman stories, which is why I was interested in the way that it was acknowledged in The Dark Knight Rises.