I suppose the cliché way to answer that is with a “Why NOT Batman?” In reality though, that’s the answer. I’ll explain why.
Batman has played a pivotal role in my life in various ways. Batman has more or less dictated my moral compass for pretty much my whole adult life, as well as a majority of my childhood. This wasn’t something I was always comfortable speaking about, yet, like a drag queen on stage, I’m now loud as hell about it.
Batman has taught me that doing the right thing is not always easy, it’s not always simple, but it’s always a necessity. Sometimes doing the right thing can turn out to be illegal, sometimes it can turn out to alienate you from others, make some people uncomfortable, or sometimes just be a pain in the ass to follow through with. Yet, we must continue. Batman has instilled in me a desire to always be better than I was. I have a VERY clear understanding that Batman is a fictional character, but the stories that have been told using this character as a vessel have had such a profound impact on my life, that I feel I owe him just a little. I need to show him that I’m not a disappointment. Batman has given me SO much, has taught me so many lessons, has given me a clear picture of who I want to be. Why not honor that with being that person?
Batman stands for justice and will always punch injustice in it’s dirty mouth, literally or metaphorically. This is what I want to accomplish in life. I want to take the things that are unfair, the injustices, the “villains” of life, and stomp them right out. I want to stand up for those that are taken advantage of, those who are preyed on by the stronger and more dominating, and give them the chance to thrive. Now, don’t take this to mean I’m going to dress up at night and fight crime. I want to do these things in the both literal sense and the metaphorical sense.
After being filled with this desire and not knowing what to do with it, I realized I should really do these things for myself above anything else. Because of them, here we are, and here I am. I want to do right by my own hand. So let’s see where this goes. I’m tired and I want change. Nobody is going to do that for me, but me. Nobody turned Bruce Wayne into Batman, he did that himself.
So why Batman? Why not Batman?