Ok, so upon reading the title of this article, you may be asking yourselves, “What is this kid talking about?” As a hardcore Bat-fan, I have read almost every Batman comic published in the last three years or so, and I’ve come to notice certain aspects of his character that just can’t be ignored.
You guys ready for this? Ok, here it goes: I have concluded that Batman is autistic. His antisocial tendencies, niche for crime fighting, and lack of emotion correlate to many qualities of someone with Autism. There are many different interpretations of the character, but these qualities are consistently exhibited in most of his stories. Some may argue that he acts this way because his parents were taken from him at a young age, but based on what I know about Autism and what qualities a person must possess to be diagnosed Autistic, I think our Caped Crusader fits the bill.
1. Batman is antisocial: Our caped crime fighter prefers to be shut off from the world, often ditching dates or working alone through the night to fight the Joker or one of the million other enemies he’s made over the years. For example, in the graphic novel All-Star Batman and Robin, written by Frank Miller and drawn by Jim Lee, Batman ditches a date with a beautiful journalist to go train a newly orphaned Robin. When he isn’t in the Batcave tirelessly researching crime in Gotham City, he’s out on the streets cracking bones or breaking teeth. As far as superheroes go, Batman takes the cake as the most antisocial one of the bunch.
2. Batman Has A Niche: Crime Fighting!-It is evident that Batman has a niche, or a fixation, and that is fighting crime. There is nothing Batman would rather do than beat the tar out of bad guys. I’ll use All-Star Batman and Robin again as a source. Towards the middle of the book, there is a scene where Batman is running along a rooftop with the splendor of downtown Gotham looming in the background. As he runs, he remarks to himself, “It’s a beautiful night. It’s a perfect night. It’s a hunter’s night.” Then he says, “Every inch of me is alive.” To each his own, right?
3. Batman Is Spock: Let’s be honest here: Batman won’t be winning any awards for showing sympathy or affection anytime soon. He tackles everyday obstacles with a stoic expression and an unshakable determination to kick butt. That’s what he does. Batman isn’t Dr. Phil. If you are wanting compassion or understanding, go hug a teddy bear. You won’t be getting any of that from him. It’s almost as if Batman is immune to experiencing any kind of emotion. In an episode of Justice League: The Animated Series, after the team defeats a powerful foe, everyone is celebrating except our oh-so-jovial superhero, Batman. He stands off to the side, a blank look plastered on his face and his posture stiff as a board. Did you expect anything less?
For me, the most appealing thing about Batman is his humanity. He’s not some insanely powerful alien like Superman or the world’s fastest marathon runner like the Flash. He’s human and he’s vulnerable. The fact that he exhibits Autistic characteristics adds to his humanity and makes him a better character. On top of that, those struggling with Autism have someone to look up to. Batman has been my hero for years, and I think that’s because I relate to him and understand him on a deeper level.