Day 27 presents another eternal geekdom debate: Who is your favorite superhero?
My no doubt, no second guessing myself answer to this question is Batman. I think what appeals to me so much about him is that he does his thing without any type of superpower. All he has are his gadgets, detective skills, and his physical training. His vast wealth and corporate empire come in handy too I suppose, but when I think of Batman I don’t tend to gravitate towards that aspect of him.
How did I come to like Batman so much despite not reading comics you ask? Well, my love of the character comes from seeing him on the screen. I was a bit too young to really appreciate the Tim Burton’s films of the early 90s at the time, so my first real exposure was probably from Batman: The Animated Series which aired on Fox Kids between 1992 and 1995. It offered plenty of amazing dark fun and is especially notable for its long lasting contributions to the franchise, in particular the introduction of Harley Quinn, and its voice acting which included Mark Hammill in a much celebrated performance as the Joker, as well as other highly recognizable names like Ron Pearlman, Kate (Captain Janeway) Mulgrew, and Richard Moll (perhaps best known as Bull on Night Court). That series piqued my interest in the character enough to make it through the pretty rough films that came out in the mid to late 90s.
More recently, I thoroughly enjoyed the Christopher Nolan film trilogy as well as the Arkham Asylum and Arkham CityPlayStation games. So really, Batman just checks all the right boxes for me: cool character, great movies/shows, and fun video game tie-ins.