3 Reasons Why Batman Is Autistic

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.

 

13 thoughts on “3 Reasons Why Batman Is Autistic

  1. I have a Google+ account, months ago I stated that I believe the creator of Batman and Robin is autistic, not sure if he’s still alive or not. So when I seen this, believe you me I posted it..go look if you like..use my name or email address to do so, if you want. An autistic to another auistic connection is UNDENIABLE.

  2. Hey there! Nice to know that i am not the only one that thinks Bruce is an aspie. Just have in mind, high standars of morale (never kills).
    Intelectual”geek”…
    Is not lack of empathy what i would call, an aspect of an aspie, It’ s more like he cares toó much for the people, that he cannot only show or focus emotions to a single person. I beleive aspies feels more deeply and are more emphatetic that most of the NT, but have hard time explaining or putting in words how they feel.. It’ easier for Batman to save your life as a sincere/practical act of love, than leaving a postit saying: “i love you”.

  3. I am also a Batmam fan and I have read almost anything published from 1985 to date. Although I liked your opinion I think it is wrong to quote All Star because that interpretation is way off. That Batman is borderline sociopath and a very ectreme characterization. Just my opinion. God bless

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      1. my offer about you portraying Batman in my Dark Knight media stuff

      2. the Bats stuff that I discovered

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  4. I really appreciate this article because it points out some elements of the character that have never been considered. While I basically agree with the idea, there are so many different versions of Batman that it’s not easy to define if all of them are Aspergers, but there are some who definitely might be Aspie. The original Batman as conceived by Bob Kane can really fit the description; he is anti-social, he likes to strike fear in criminals with unusual behaviours and he totally lives in the shadow alienated from reality. He is also not the playboy he would become later in years, the very first stories are oppressively dark. That said, the closest movie adaptation of the original Batman portrayed by Michael Keaton can actually be an Aspie. Most of the elements of the character definitely match the disorder’s main characteristics; he is a bit awkward as a billionaire, he’s asocial and doesn’t like to be in the crowd, he’s a bit alienated from the world (more than a bit actually), he doesn’t feel empathy and doesn’t show sympathy, especially for his enemies, and he’s totally devoted to his mission. So Michael Keaton’s Bruce Wayne can really be affected by Asperger’s Syndrome. Moreover, it’s interesting that when he puts the cape and cowl, he becomes a totally different person, but still shows an amplified version of some of his personal characteristics, especially the lack of empathy. Christian Bale’s Batman doesn’t resemble an Asperger profile so much, but still there are elements that might give this idea, especially his pretending to be a socialite in every day life. However, I wouldn’t consider him an Aspie because he really feels empathy for people around him, he truly loves and cares for the people to the point of self sacrifice and feels their pain. He’s also ready to spare the life of his arch enemy, the Joker, while Bat-Keaton would never do that!

    So, my diagnosis; Bob Kane’s early Batman and Michael Keaton’s Batman might be Asperger 🙂

    1. it’s actually a myth that autistic people don’t feel empathy. studies have since proven autistic folks actually experience MORE empathy than others; people mistook not knowing how to express emotions or not going about it in the traditional way as being a lack of empathy, but i can assure you it’s not!

      i feel empathetic to a fault, but i usually have a hard time expressing my feelings to people, especially if they’re upset. i never know what to do or say, but i very much wish i could help in some way.

      1. I forgive you, my fellow Batfan. To prove it, I’ll give you this website in which you can learn as much as you want about the Dark Knight:

        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Batman

        By the way, do you not have any toys anymore? I sure don’t.

        If you want to go back to having toys but aren’t allowed to most likely because of your age, I can inform you of toy-like Bats figures that are for teenagers and adults like me.

        You know what else? I’m thinking of creating three Batman movies. And since you seem to love Batman, I’m wondering if you’d like to portray him in them. But I’ll let you do that if you’re a man like me and if you’re the right age to do that.

        If you’d like to take me up on that offer, then feel free to e-mail me.

        Take care, fellow Batfan.

  5. For your information, not everything that you posted about Batman is true. Like you, I’m one of his fans. But I don’t believe everything that you typed about him.

    Ever since childhood, I’ve seen him on TV and have gotten to know him. And there are things that you’re wrong about him:

    1. He’s antisocial:

    2. He has no sympathy or compassion.

    3. He often works alone.

    4. He’s totally withdrawn from the world.

    There’s a difference between being anti-social and asocial. If the Dark Knight’s antisocial, he’d be just as bad as his enemies. Instead, he’s asocial, which means that he doesn’t go out of his way to be a social butterfly but refrains from going off the deep end that would make him similar to his enemies.

    Bats isn’t devoid of sympathy and compassion. Take the Robin, for example. He sympathizes with him because they lost their parents when they were younger.

    Even though Batman isn’t the best hero in the world, he willingly defends the people of Gotham City from being terrorized by its villains, whom he’d never kill since his parents taught him not to.

    The Dark Knight has wealth all right. But he doesn’t exactly use all it for himself. Instead, he uses to assist him countering his foes and helping innocent civilians.

    One example of Bats’ compassion is that he forgave a male crime boss by saving his life in an episode of Batman: The Animated Series. And that’s what caused the criminal to turn his back on crime forever.

    As for Batman working alone, have you seen him fight side by the Boy Wonder, Batgirl, and Nightwing? He doesn’t seem to regret that.

    Another way the Dark Knight isn’t devoid of compassion is his ability to apologize. For example, he said sorry to a picture of his parents. Another example is telling his closest ally, James Gordon, how he felt about his (James’) daughter’s death, although it only happened in the Dark Knight Damsel’s/Batgirl’s dream in an episode of The New Batman Adventures.

    Bats may work outside the law. But his hearts in the right place. You’re right that he’s more human than the Superman and Flash. But I’m not sure if he’s autistic.

    Certain ways that I can relate to Batman are these:

    1. I have troubled pasts, although my parents never died.

    2. Because of my past, I’m cynical and irritable at times.

    3. I behave like black’s my favorite color due to my problems.

    4. Unlike my brother (who’s the same gender same but a few years younger) and Supes/Superman, I don’t have much of a sunny disposition.

    5. I’m no pacifist.

    6. I maybe gruff on the outside. But on the inside, I have a heart of gold, which is what the Dark Knight also has.

    7. I get ticked off easily.

    8. I’m an aloof loner sometimes.

    Well, that’s all for now.

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