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Why the world needs Batman [Sep. 2nd, 2008|08:34 pm]
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This was the essay sent to us by Jonathan Crane, former psychiatric doctor at the infamous Arkham Asylum, and more well-known as the costume-wearing criminal; the Scarecrow.

In an about-turn, Crane has written a lengthy diatribe on the necessity of his most frequent foe, and this has painted the former doctor in a new light to many of the essays readers. We at the Daily Planet cannot pass judgement, but we can pose the question; does this spell a reformation in the character of Jonathan Crane? Or is this a ruse by the Scarecrow for an early release?

The Scarecrow was last in the headlines when he was nearly fatally wounded by a policewoman in GCPD, who will remain nameless. His crimes have been many, his usually modus operandi being the use of his own patented fear toxin to drive his victims insane, or to their deaths. This sadistic criminal has become known as the Master of Fear by many in Gotham, and his reputation has become prevalent throughout the US as one of the country's most persistent criminals.

His new essay; "Why the world needs Batman", is at times similar to our own Lois Lane's essay titled "Why the world needs Superman", but Crane has specifically covered the fear the Batman produces in the criminal, as well as the innocent elements, of Gotham life. Crane is a self-proclaimed expert in the field of psychoses, and our medical expert Dr Warner has praised the work as a masterstroke in analysing the mysteries of Batman, and the world's reaction to him.

We have included with Crane's permission, an excerpt from his essay, in which he deconstructs the character of the Batman. Perhaps it is due to Crane's style of writing, but your columnist did feel chills going down his spine when he read this part, and has had to sleep with the light on for many nights since.


I have encountered Batman many times over the course of my life. Not always in fortunate circumstances; indeed, he was often the devil responsible for ruining my spree of crime. This essay, as has already been stated, is not a defence of my actions, nor an apology, but allow me to impart the feelings you have when you meet Batman.

Imagine, if you will, your worst nightmare. Imagine, a hulking brute, coated in hot pitch, with a growling, serrated maw. Imagine, a black knight, with razored edges, and no mercy in his shrivelled heart for you. You may think that I refer to one of Gotham's many villains, but no, this is the Batman. Keep him in mind when you re-read those lines. Imagine, being an innocent child, and knowing that this creature prowled your streets. Imagine, being a good member of the police force, and knowing that this beast would take your entire magazine of bullets without stopping. Imagine, being a hardened criminal, and knowing that no matter what you may have faced before, as soon as you see or hear this hero, or even hero of this hero, your bowel loosens a little.

I paint him as a monster, but this is what we see in the face of the Bat. This is another reason why we need him. He is as a God among the people of Gotham. We alternately revere or revile him, but we always, always fear him. He is our judge, jury, and executioner. Any who stand against him fall, sooner or later, good or evil. Batman is the one constant of Gotham. The darkness of Gotham lives in, and is perpetuated by, its protector.