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Is Dexter the closest we'll get to a good Batman tv series?

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Thunderstorm

Not a Kardashian

Postby Thunderstorm » Sat Feb 06, 2010 2:38 pm

We don't know that Batman isn't out killing people. He can be standing in front of Gordon, and then just vanish, and we really don't know where he goes then. I mean, this is Batman, if he can do that, he surely wouldn't let some comic book artist watch him murdering people off panel.

I get what you're saying, jsalwen, and it's a neat comparison.
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Strict31

Rain Partier

Postby Strict31 » Sat Feb 06, 2010 2:40 pm

doombug wrote:Dexter really isn't bad guy. he accidentally killed one good person.


Dxeter is completely a bad guy. He loves to kill. It gets him off. Killing bad guys is just his way of following a code to keep him from flipping out and going Dahmer on bitches.

It's like Vic mackey. You can love Vic all you want, and that's the beauty of both shows; they make you empathize and root for the monster. But just because he's an anti-hero, let's not forget that Dexter is a bad guy.

And jsalwen, if we paint only in the broadest strokes possible, sure, Dexter seems similar to batman in some ways. But it's a surface comparison. Like saying Ronald Reagan and Obama are the same because they both had two legs and wear pants and were/are Presidents.

Dexter is compelled to kill. Without harry's code, he'd have probably killed off everyone he can't feel any genuine emotion for. He's not compelled to fight crime and injustice. He's not compelled to keep bad things from happening to good people. In fact, he waits until after the good people have already been hurt, because he's not even like the Punisher. Dexter is simply a man who needs to kill, and this is the most society-friendly way he can exercise his lethal compulsions.

Conversely, Batman might well be a supa-freak, but he still attempts to stop the bad guys before the hurt the good folks. He attempts to do so while respecting the chain of evidence, so that, unlike Dexter, society metes out the justice it is supposed to. Dex takes that responsibility from the hands of society. batman delivers criminals to the cops, often with enough evidence to convict.

Dexters labors under the misconception that his monstrosity is well-managed because he only kills bad people. But he's already stepped over the line long ago. And history shows that killers like Dexter are always stepping over more and more boundaries. It's just a matter of time for Dex.

Batman realizes that if he ever takes that same step over the line, he becomes a monster. A monster that will slide further and further into darkness.

Dexter takes the power of law from society and imposes it at his discretion. Batman restores the power of law to society, because it's been taken away by people like Dexter.
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Doc Jon

Rain Partier

Postby Doc Jon » Sat Feb 06, 2010 2:41 pm

Thunderstorm wrote:We don't know that Batman isn't out killing people. He can be standing in front of Gordon, and then just vanish, and we really don't know where he goes then. I mean, this is Batman, if he can do that, he surely wouldn't let some comic book artist watch him murdering people off panel.

I get what you're saying, jsalwen, and it's a neat comparison.


too phar.:P

The Old Doctor

Postby The Old Doctor » Sat Feb 06, 2010 2:42 pm

jsalwen wrote:too phar.:P


:shock:

Yes, agreeing with you here is just that. :-D

But that you recognized it... :o
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McKegan

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Postby McKegan » Sat Feb 06, 2010 2:44 pm

Yeah, Dexter's only interested in justice as far as it gives him an excuse to kill mofos. To call him a hero, even though he's made to be likable, is a bit of a stretch.
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Doc Jon

Rain Partier

Postby Doc Jon » Sat Feb 06, 2010 2:45 pm

Strict: Batman also sees himself as a monster.:P

Thank you for providing another point. :-D
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McKegan

Zombie Guard

Postby McKegan » Sat Feb 06, 2010 2:46 pm

jsalwen wrote:May I ask why you care so much?

I make a thread meant in fun that compares Dexter to Batman.

You enter the thread and act like a complete ass. You don't see the fun in it? That's fine. Get the fuck out and don't let the door hit you.

Do you just have to be right?

I know there are differences between Dexter and Batman. That's obvious. That's why it's fun to look for the similarities. :roll:


Oh dears, did I hurt your thread's feelings. Uptight much?
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Doc Jon

Rain Partier

Postby Doc Jon » Sat Feb 06, 2010 2:47 pm

McKegan wrote:Yeah, Dexter's only interested in justice as far as it gives him an excuse to kill mofos. To call him a hero, even though he's made to be likable, is a bit of a stretch.


Not saying he's a hero, but does Batman really consider himself a hero? Not really.

Batman is compelled to do what he does. This has been covered exensively in the comics and even in the movies.

So he's just as compelled as Dexter is, it's just that he doesn't kill.

That's another similarity.
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Doc Jon

Rain Partier

Postby Doc Jon » Sat Feb 06, 2010 2:49 pm

McKegan wrote:Oh dears, did I hurt your thread's feelings. Uptight much?


Not at all. You're the one that seems so affected by the comparison and the need to prove yourself right.

I'm just wondering why you care so much.
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Thunderstorm

Not a Kardashian

Postby Thunderstorm » Sat Feb 06, 2010 2:49 pm

Image

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Doc Jon

Rain Partier

Postby Doc Jon » Sat Feb 06, 2010 2:50 pm

jsalwen wrote:Strict: Batman also sees himself as a monster.:P

Thank you for providing another point. :-D


A specific example is the Dark Knight Returns where Batman and Face have their final showdown. He looks at Face and sees his entire face scarred, and then he sees himself only as a giant bat.

"I see a reflection..."

-natch
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Doc Jon

Rain Partier

Postby Doc Jon » Sat Feb 06, 2010 2:51 pm

Thunderstorm wrote:Image

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Hahahahahahahahahahahaha...

You should have put Jimmy Smits instead of Masuka! :-D
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McKegan

Zombie Guard

Postby McKegan » Sat Feb 06, 2010 2:52 pm

jsalwen wrote:Not at all. You're the one that seems so affected by the comparison and the need to prove yourself right.

I'm just wondering why you care so much.


I don't know, you're the one that started the topic to which I responded 'nopers'. I didn't realize that the only way to take part in one of your threads was you had to agree with whatever you were saying. Sorry. :roll:
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Thunderstorm

Not a Kardashian

Postby Thunderstorm » Sat Feb 06, 2010 2:52 pm

jsalwen wrote:Hahahahahahahahahahahaha...

You should have put Jimmy Smits instead of Masuka! :-D


I didn't do these, I just found them on Google :)
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Strict31

Rain Partier

Postby Strict31 » Sat Feb 06, 2010 2:53 pm

jsalwen wrote:Strict: Batman also sees himself as a monster.:P

Thank you for providing another point. :-D


Batman sees the imminent danger of becoming a monster. But Batman is always humanizing himself. Everytime he gets to the edge, he allows himself to remember the human aspects of his life. Like, how much he loves Dick. Ahem.

Dexter's attempts at humanization are merely to increase the effectiveness of his mask.

But if you're not gonna listen and merely make the stretch of reason that these points are actually supporting your argument, I'm gonna go and talk about space titties.

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