The 10 Greatest Anti-Heroes: #2 Batman

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Best Movie: The Dark Knight
Best Comic: Frank Miller’s Batman: The Dark Knight Returns
Best Actors: Christian Bale

In 1986, Frank Miller reimagined the then-campy superhero Batman as “The Dark Knight” in his revered graphic novel Batman: The Dark Knight Returns. Later, through two standard-setting movies, Tim Burton’s original Batman and Christopher Nolan’s brilliant Batman Begins, we’ve been shown again the pathos-filled story of the burning rage that created the masked vigilante who strikes fear into the hearts of the criminals of Gotham. Often misunderstood by the very citizens and public officials he means to help, Batman follows his own violent, yet moral path with the beloved butler Alfred as his sole confidant. Exposing the audience to the private anguish of Bruce Wayne takes us deep inside the raison d’etre for perhaps that most beloved of superheroes, who ironically, has no superpowers.

Batman Quotes:

“Harvey is that hero. He locked up half of the city’s criminals, and he did it without wearing a mask. Gotham needs a hero with a face.”

“You either die a hero or live long enough to see yourself become the villain. I can do those things because I’m not a hero, like Dent. I killed those people. That’s what I can be.”

“Sometimes the truth isn’t good enough, sometimes people deserve more. Sometimes people deserve to have their faith rewarded…”

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