Batman, Superman, and Philosophy
Badass or Boyscout?
Edited by Nicolas Michaud
Volume 100 in the Popular Culture and Philosophy® series
Batman or Superman? Which of these shining examples shows us the better way to fight terrorism? Which one is a morally better person? Who’s more rational? Who makes a better god? Who’s more mentally healthy or are they both irredeemably psychotic?
Since both Batman, the megalomaniacal industrialist, and Superman, the darling of the media, sometimes operate outside the law, which of them qualifies as the better vigilante? Do either of them ever truly uphold the law? Which one makes a better role model and a more inspiring myth to define our culture?
Twenty-some philosophers try to decide who wins—Superman or Batman. Some of them give it to Batman, others to Superman, and others make it a tie. They all lay out the evidence so that you can decide.
“This is fascinating stuff! Superman and Batman are the original superhero icons that gave birth to an entire genre. They’re two of the most important characters not just in comics, but in all of fiction. Now you can see what makes them tick.”
—Ron Marz, legendary comic writer of Emerald Twilight, Green Lantern, and Silver Surfer
“An intense, in-depth analysis of the Dark Knight and the Man of Steel, this book is a must for any fan!”
—Matt MacNabb, Editor of LegionsofGotham.org and author of Batman’s Arsenal: An Encyclopedic Chronicle
“Who would win in a fight between Superman and Batman? And why do we care? From super to the nuts, Batman, Superman, and Philosophy treads thoughtfully through the cavalcade of moral questions raised by the World’s Finest heroes and their conflicts, both real and existential. This is a knowledgeable and fun collection of chapters exploring the questions that keep us lingering in the comic shop.”
—Neal Bailey, SupermanHomepage.com
Dr. Nicolas Michaud teaches philosophy and English in Jacksonville, Florida. He has edited Jurassic Park and Philosophy (2014) and Adventure Time and Philosophy (2015), and co-edited Deadpool and Philosophy (2016).