It’s made up. There is no Batman. He’s fiction.
As in not real, a figment of the imagination, a character in a universe that does not exist except in books, movies, games and TV shows. This being the case, there can’t be any question over who is “right” or “wrong” for the part since there’s nothing real upon which to base the performance.
Or, to put it another way, they’re all out of their minds.
And I say this as a loyal member of the Comics Book Reading Fraternity myself. Yes, even at my advanced years I still head to the comics shop occasionally (instead of weekly, like I used to) to pick up the latest adventure of my personal favorite made-up guy, Green Lantern.
So what’s called for here, as is so often the case these days, would be a little perspective. Halfway across the planet, horrible things are happening to innocent people and no superhero is going to come swooping in to save the day. Fanboys should try to think of that once in a while, or at least be grateful that they live in a place where they can pontificate over something as inconsequential as Batman, and not have to worry about being wiped out by clouds of poison gas.
And they should lighten up about a movie. A movie. It’s not to be taken seriously, as shown by this Tweet from TV’s Batman, Adam West:
“Remember Ben, with the cape and cowl comes great responsibility (and lots of heat). Bring deodorant.”
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