Batman is cool. This is one of the generally accepted facts among nearly everyone that can’t be denied. Why is he so cool? Because he’s just a guy. Sure, he’s a guy with a lot of money, but he’s still just a regular guy. He’s a super hero, but he doesn’t have super powers. He’s a guy.
A few years ago, Batman was healed by the mysterious metal dionesium, which in recent issues of Dark Days has been revealed to be derived from Nth metal. It also happens to be responsible for all meta-human abilities on Earth in the DC Universe.
Even though The Dark Knight has not shown us any actual super powers, according to Amanda Waller, he isn’t a normal human. Towards the end of this week’s issue of Suicide Squad, she instructs her team to retrieve two metahumans: Killer Frost and Batman. What? Batman?
I guess that makes it official. Under that cowl, Bruce Wayne is a meta-human. While, this isn’t the first time he’s been categorized as such, it has been a while. You may remember that during Chuck Dixon’s run with the character, both Batman and Green Arrow were considered meta-humans. However, like so often happens in comics, things change, powers disappear, life goes on. Until the next time.
Batman is my favorite super hero. He has been for years, largely in part because he’s just a guy. Now he’s not just a guy, he’s a guy with super powers. I don’t think that I like this change. I won’t stop reading, nor will I take to the Internet in a fit of nerd-rage (that’s NOT what I’m doing here), but I will say this: I think that the character is now somewhat diminished. Part of the appeal has been that he was a man among gods in the Justice League. I liked that. Now he’s a god among gods. I’m not thrilled, but he’s still Batman so I’ll still follow his adventures knowing that at some point DC will retcon it like they do with everything else.
What do you think about the change? Tell us in the comments.
Suicide Squad #22 is written by Rob Williams with art by Gus Vazquez with covers by Eber Ferreira, Eddy Barrows, and Whilce Portacio and is available now.
UPDATE: Batman writer Scott Snyder, and Suicide Squad writer Rob Williams have responded to this little “controversy” via Twitter.
Not to speak for Suicide Squad, but Batman is not meta. He gets powers for stories (like Darkseid War), but he’s never been meta in nature https://t.co/ShLiLnSbRQ
— Scott Snyder (@Ssnyder1835) July 28, 2017
People reading too much into this. Waller/The People’s goal in the current storyline is to lock away all superhumans, Batman included… https://t.co/y8lo2kpK6q
— Rob Williams (@Robwilliams71) July 28, 2017
So what does this mean? What it comes to Batman being a meta-human, Amanda Waller is either mistaken or she’s lying to achieve her own ends. I’m more inclined to go with the latter as she has proven time and again that she will do or say whatever is necessary to achieve her goals.