Your BATMAN Moment
“I shall become a bat….” –
Bruce Wayne, Detective Comics #27The Dark Knight Rises, the newest Batman film, comes to theaters everywhere in a few days, amidspeculation as to whether or not it will be the biggest opening ever for a movie, or simply one of thebiggest. There is no doubt that the movie will be huge, and if the previous movies are any indication, itwill be a great movie, but the question at the heart of the movie is more fundamental.What is the movie about? Who is the Batman?For me, and other geeky fan-
boys alike, Bruce Wayne’s alter
go is the guy we’ve always dreamed of
being: cool car, great belt, man-cave, and kick-
ass reputation. And that doesn’t even touch on the wholeCatwoman thing. But that also begs the question: “Why not Superman, or Spiderman, or any of the
multitude of comi
Because in theory, any one of us can be Batman. But mostly we aren’t.
What I mean is that Bruce Wayne was a boy who in one tragic, horrible minute lost everything he evercared about, right before his eyes. He took that moment and made it a part of him. He used it as themotivation to take his destiny in his own hands and shape it into something no one had ever seen. Heused his loss as fuel to push himself to the peak of mental and physical perfection, while not beingparanormal or other-worldly.
Nope. No radioactive spider or exploding planet Krypton here. Batman’s only superhuman attribute is
will. Sheer, unstoppable human will. In theory, he is something we could all become.
Now, in fairness, we can’t all be Batman. We don’t have a butler
to cater to our basic needs while
training with the greatest minds the world has to offer. We don’t have the physiology to be a
heavyweight boxer or a world-
class gymnast. We don’t have a genius
-level IQ. Sad to say, none of ushave what it takes to fill his tights, so to speak.What all of us DO have, however, is a moment where we face a decision and have the force of will to seeit through. WE have that moment where we see an outcome, no matter how out of reach, and decide tofollow through, against any obstacle. This is how we can become a hero. It may be momentary, but it isa moment that defines us.In that moment of failure, of loss, of pain, we have the clarity to see what we can become, how we canturn around, and be our better selves. How we can be a hero, if only to ourselves. Our Batman Moment.Lance Armstrong had his Batman Moment. So has Stephen Hawking. Anyone who has had the sheerforce of will to overcome an obstacle and reach their goal has had their Batman Moment. It is thereason that this character, more than any other, resonates with us. Batman symbolizes victory againstoverwhelming odds. It is that better self that we want to believe in.For me, my Batman Moment came in 2008. One evening I had having trouble breathing and my wifetook me to the emergency room. I was suffering from shortness of breath, and was seen immediately.