(were he to actually exist).
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Now if it's borderline personality disorder we're talking about re Bruce Wayne/Batman.....
Quite possibly - some symptoms such as chronic feelings of emptiness, abandonment issues, identity disturbance, and potentially you could wonder about suicidal tendencies in the way he puts himself in danger. On the other hand, Batman / Bruce Wayne tends to be in control of his emotions, which would go against this diagnosis, and he doesn't display the impulsive behaviours traditional with this, such as binge eating, substance misuse or self-harm.
I've asked my other half now she's home, and she says she would probably diagnose him with disassociative identifty disorder (or split personalities as it used to be termed) with unresolved abandonment and anger issues. So there.
Ah, the fun of psycho-analysing a fictional character
Just joking Ben! Of course he's real!
Have you read Dark Knight Returns? Reason for referencing it as a point of comparison is that the books climax is a showdown between superman and an older, seasoned batman (so its relevant as a benchmark for the film). The points you make about lack of remorse or guilt are definitely evident in much of the character as portrayed in that book.
Okay, I better stop it here as I'm sure I'm annoying others :) No, I haven't read it unfortunately, so you may be right on Batman becoming a borderline psychopath in that one instance, though I personally still doubt it's the correct term to use unless he's had a very different history in that story from all other storylines involving Batman that I've seen. Just displaying a lack of remorse / guilt for doing the things Batman traditionally does i.e. hurt and lock up criminals would not class as being psychopathic in my opinion - I'm sure many people would agree he shouldn't feel remorse or guilt for that (were he to actually exist).
If on the other hand, in that book, he's actually been committing all those actions in order to further his own aims, and he didn't care one jot about the people he was protecting, then you'd definitely be right that that's psychopathic behaviour and I apolgise for questioning you. I suspect this isn't the case though?
There's a lot of misconceptions on what being pscyopathic actually means, and I was really just trying to highlight that I think this might one of them. Most psychopaths don't kill or even physically hurt people. You'll find studies have shown that a significantly larger number of people high up in business, including CEOs, show strong psychopathic tendencies (link), because the behaviours I've described in my post before do tend to do you well in the business world.
So basically I was being semi-serious, but mostly nit picking on use of English with a cause of further understanding. Or annoying as most people would call it
Not annoying at all, lazy use of language should always be challenged!
I would urge you to read the book though, not simply to hear your thoughts on whether the phrase fits the character as depicted in it, but also because its a brilliant book! (My personal favourite graphic novel).
The point about the joker is an interesting one, I would stress I used the phrase "borderline", and in several books (dark knight returns but also others) part of the reason why the joker is such a compelling character is the suggestion that he represents what batman could become if he just took one step further down the path, and gave in completely to his inner demons.
A lot of this depends on whether the character's depicted as the master detective or the violent avenger (dark knight returns is very much geared towards the latter end of that spectrum).
Give it a read and let me know what you think?
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I don't get it...?
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It wasn't a joke, so in that sense there was nothing to 'get'. I'm assuming you haven't seen the film, otherwise the enquiry would make sense.
Watched it only last week actually.
Good stuff, you'll know why I was asking then.
That film has every child's dream cast!
And the match up of super powers is just that bit more plausible than batman vs superman.
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