Fans of pop culture, movies, music, and basically anybody who grew up watching cartoons, knows Batman. How can they not? The caped crusader who saves Gotham from villainy minds, notorious killers, and psychopaths, is a favourite of children and adults alike. One of the other reasons people love Batman so much, is that fact that he is perhaps the only superhero without any super powers.
Bruce Wayne, the man behind the mask of Batman is a billionaire bachelor whose parents Thomas and Martha Wayne were killed by a mugger when Bruce was all about 10 years old. Since that incident which took place in front of Bruce, he swore to save the city of Gotham against all evils. Bruce is survived by the only member of the family, Alfred Pennyworth—Bruce’s caretaker, butler, and his aid de camp. Alfred is the first person, out of the 30 odd people to learn that Bruce Wayne is Batman. Since then, Alfred has been the core member in developing Batman’s suits, the Batcave, the Batmobile, and all the other cool stuff that the superhero beats his enemies with.
There’s a reason why Batman, as a story, comic, or film, leans more on the philosophical and moral side than any other superheroes. Batman doesn’t kill. Yes, this distinction is what separates him from the villains, the police, and basically every other person who either commits a crime, or fights crime. Batman considers that it is this difference is what stops him from becoming one of them, and the day he takes someone’s life, is the day he will be one with evil. Many of Batman’s enemies, notably joker, have tried to break his spirit and push him to kill. But, every time, Batman finds a way without doing so. In fact, in Vengeance against the Mad Hatter, a Batman Comic, the superhero loses a loved one and goes on a streak to track down their killer to avenge their death. After getting hold of the Mad Hatter, Batman beats him to a pulp and throws him in a pond before starting to walk away. The Mad Hatter, in an unconscious state, is left drowning. Alfred comes and reminds Batman of his promise to himself. If not saved, the Mad Hatter will drown and die. This is when Batman dives into the pond and saves the Mad Hatter from dying, and himself from breaking his rule.
Alfred is an important part of Bruce’s life, and as a result, an important part of Batman. When the superhero is injured or in anguish, it is Alfred who comes to his rescue. No wonder he is sometimes referred to as the Batman’s Batman.
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