Look, everyone knows superheroes aren’t real. (And if you don’t, please seek professional help. No, seriously. Call someone. I’m actually concerned for you.) But everyone who follows the antics of their favorite 3-color dime-store hero has conjectured at least once, probably more, what a REAL superhero would be like. In this weekly article, I will explore that notion as I contend to you that ALL SUPERHEROES ARE DEEPLY DISTURBED INDIVIDUALS. Seriously, there is not a well-adjusted person among them. Now, people have done the Marvel heroes to death: Tony Stark is an addict, Steve Rogers has PTSD, Bruce Banner has anger management issues, Logan is a sociopath, heck because most of the Marvel heroes came about in the ‘60s, they were TAILOR-MADE to be broken. Bu the true icons of modern superheroism came about in the late-‘30s, early-‘40s, a time when America needed paragons of human virtue. But if you dig a little deeper, you’ll find out some interesting things.
In this week’s article, I’m going to start out with Batman.
Batman is Autistic
Truth is, Batman shows signs of a highly functional autistic: According to NINDS (National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke), one of the major hallmarks of ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) is “impaired social interaction.” Hm… Batman is a lone wolf, does not play well with others, puts on a mask to deal with his issues.
Another is difficulty understanding what others are thinking and feeling. Batman has trained himself, in the guise of Bruce Wayne, to think and feel like a normal billionaire playboy, and yes I finished that sentence with a straight face. The only way he gets away with it is because the social media expects a billionaire playboy to be eccentric at best, downright WEIRD at the worst. Here is my favorite quote from the website: “Many children with ASD engage… …in self-abusive behavior.” They also tend to refer to themselves in the third person. Now I don’t know about you, but going out, night after night, just to get my butt-kicked by super-villains seems to be rather self-abusive.
Look, throughout comicbookdom, Batman tends to treat people like statistics rather than personalities. He does not understand the fundamentals of human behavior, such as why it’s NOT okay to have a contingency plan for killing or defeating each and every one of your ALLIES.
What he has done is learn how to deal with a world that does not understand him by carving a place for himself in it. Which is basically what high-functioning individuals with ASD have to do in order to get by. BOOM. Done.