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‘Can you really argue that Batman is good for Gotham?’

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‘Can you really argue that Batman is good for Gotham?’

John Green is the author of such bestselling young-adult novels as Looking for Alaska and The Fault in Our Stars, a prolific vlogger and, it turns out, a vocal opponent of the Dark Knight.

In a recent video, titled simply “I Kind of Hate Batman,” Green makes it clear this isn’t simply a preference for, oh, say Spider-Man. No, he has serious issues with the very essence of the Caped Crusader.

“Batman is just a rich guy with an affinity for bats who’s playing out his insane fantasy of single-handedly ridding Gotham of crime,” he says. “How is that heroic? […] Can you really argue that Batman is good for Gotham? I mean, in the Batman universe, crime is caused by 1.) evil people who just want to see the world burn, and 2.) stupid people who follow the evil but charismatic cat-persons/Joker/Penguin — God, the villains in Batman are terrible!”

OK, he may be trolling on that last part. But he notes that crime isn’t actually caused by “evil,” but rather by things like poverty, and lack of access to job and educational opportunities — things that a guy with billions of dollars could possibly do something about. (But then again, who would read a comic or watch a movie called Bruce Wayne: Billionaire Philanthropist?)

And don’t even get him started on Gotham’s infrastructure …

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