Beneath Batman’s Cape: Finding the Hero in All of Us
He Struggles With Sin
Batman’s no Boy Scout. While some superheroes seem to be as perfect morally as they are physically, the Dark Knight is different. He deals with rage. He bends laws to their breaking point. In the graphic novel Batman: Hush, Batman says of Clark Kent, Superman’s alter-ego, “Deep down, Clark’s essentially a good person … and deep down, I’m not.” As we learn from Asay in God on the Streets of Gotham, many of Batman’s most durable enemies are reflections of the hero’s conflicted soul. Which, in a way, makes him just like us. We too struggle with our own temptations and try to rein in our own unhealthy desires. Being a hero doesn’t mean you live without sin. It just means that, with God’s help, you find ways to overcome it.
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