Virtues From Fiction

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I watched a documentary film few days back. The title of the film was “Batman & Bill”.

The film is about a person named Marc, who, like so many of us, is a huge fan of DC Comics’ most popular superhero – THE BATMAN!

Marc at some point comes across the fact (which he does make it prove as the film progresses), that the real man behind the creation of our beloved cape crusader is not Bob Kane, as so many of us have known him to be for decades!

In the earlier parts of the film, he is shown doing some really deep studies and collecting evidences to substantiate the fact as to who was the true creator of BATMAN.

Some groundbreaking revelations follow. And it’s completely transparent by now, that the real man behind creation of Batman is not Bob Kane, but Bill Finger!

Of course, I’m not here to discuss the proceedings shown in the film. So to cut the long story short, a long and an emotionally painful struggle to get Bill Finger the highly deserved recognition and credit ensues which after long time, pays off!

What got me was, the person who initiated this – Marc!

There are Millions of Batman fans globally. But how does Marc actually prove himself to be the biggest or rather, the most loyal fans among all, to actually inculcate the virtues of Batman and implementing them?

Let’s delve into the origins of Batman/Bruce Wayne (his real identity) a little.

When Bruce was a young boy he witnessed the tragic murder of his parents, by the criminal Joe Chill, late one night after leaving a theatre. This was the foundation of BATMAN. In the years to come, he made sure, nobody else shared the tragic fate as he did back then, or for that matter, any injustice whatsoever!

And that was also the path that Marc walked upon no matter how time-consuming and painful it was! All he could see and feel was the injustice Bill Finger and his family had to suffer! This is what moved me!

I was constantly questioning myself whilst the movie was being played.

Questions like how would someone, who has nothing to do with the victims of injustice, give them his/her precious time, energy and focus so wholeheartedly and unconditionally?! It was never that Marc had no responsibilities and Work.

Questions like how can a person go so much beyond limits (mentally, here, as to bring forth those shocking evidences)?

I was going to have one of the biggest insights I had in a long time!

Since I’m a huge Batman devotee myself, the answers didn’t take much time to come.

The immortal virtues of Batman, the ones that Christopher Nolan (one can add Hans Zimmer’s share too) transcended to an unimaginable high through “The Dark Knight Trilogy” hit me heavily!

Dialogues like:

“Batman has no limits” (The Dark Knight-2008)

“It’s not who I’m underneath, but what I do that defines me” (Batman Begins-2005)

“A hero can be anyone, even a man doing something as simple and reassuring  as putting a coat around a young boy’s shoulders to let him know that the world hadn’t ended” (The Dark Knight Rises-2012)

Marc’s extraordinary pursuit was now understandable. The questions were all answered. He was actually “Batman-the dark knight” in true sense for the deceased Bill Finger survived by his family!

I realized, what looked like an abnormal behavior initially, a behavior that is a complete converse (and often mocked upon) of a personality which is a result of our materialistic, narcissistic and selfish surroundings, now looked completely normal and more importantly, just, from the virtual viewpoint of Batman!

What if, Marc just like so many others showed his apathy to this cause?

It made me believe that an individual’s indifference to someone’s grievance (when he/she can liberate the victim from a person/situation) is equally bad as the injustice the victim is suffering from, if not worse.

Or let’s assume that he was not indifferent to the cause, but only sympathized with the victims like so many of us, who share our sympathies on various public domains and gatherings. And as time passes, the sympathy and the emotion (if even real at all) gets faded in our routine.

Sympathy is good, but things don’t stop there. It’s not the end, it’s the start!

And that’s what exactly Marc displayed! He did sympathize with the victims. But he went ahead, took the next step and worked on how he can help the victims. Even if it meant working out of his comfort zone or limits!

That’s what BATMAN has always been all about!

On that note, one can imagine the power of fiction and its impact on our lives as individuals! (Not to include the Twilight saga!)

For instance, when Harry Potter asks Professor Dumbledore as to why didn’t the Sorting Hat put him into Slytherin but Gryffindor even when he possessed the traits of the former. That’s when Dumbledore, who makes Harry recollect, says, “It is not our abilities that show what we truly are.  It is our choices.”

Or maybe an inspiring and ethical Optimus Prime saying, “freedom is the right of all sentient beings.”

Or an emotional Peter Parker (Spiderman) after shedding tears at his Uncle’s Gravestone resolutely says to himself, “With great power comes great responsibility, this is my gift…my curse…who am I?…I AM SPIDERMAN.”

The instances are endless!

So to those who say, fiction is fiction after all, no reality. I believe, a good fiction can probably change the reality for good!

Give it a thought;

If fiction/s can strongly question and rectify your conscience, thereby, making you a better individual, I don’t think there’s anything better than that!

Isn’t it?

So, it’s your life, make it good, not necessarily large!

There’s a huge difference, and those aforesaid virtues make that difference!


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Harsh MehtaWritten by Harsh Mehta ·

An idealist and a humorist by nature.
An Animator by vocation.
Can't imagine life without Tennis, Music, Movies and VFX (visual effects)

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  1. Drashti Shah

    The darkest places in hell are reserved for those who maintain their neutrality in times of moral crisis. – Dante