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Reply Subj: Thoughts on Batman #37. Bruce, Selina, Clark and Lois's double date *SPOILERS*
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This post contains spoilers for Batman #37.







It's a double date with Bruce and Selina, along with Clark and Lois.

1. Uh oh. The date was decided to be at a fair with a ferris wheel, which took them all an hour to decide to come to it. Unfortunately, everyone must come dressed as a Super-Hero.

2. Good ol' Lois suggests that, since they already have costumes, they should switch and come dressed as one. Clark dressed as Batman, Bruce dressed as Superman, Lois dressed as Catwoman get the idea. Bruce says no to this, but Selina manages to be convincing.

3. As everyone is following Lois's idea, what follows is a humorous scene of trying on the costumes. I can just imagine Bruce being so uncomfortable wearing those bright colors of Superman's costume. *LOL*

Good thing Catwoman's suit stretches. Lois must be a little...bigger...than Selina... ;\-\)

4. Selina is stuck wearing Lois's dress and comes up with a rather...unique...way of getting into the Super-Heroes only fair. I thought it was funny. \:\)

5. WHY is Clark wearing his glasses when he is dressed as Batman?!

6. Clark suggests this could be fun, but Bruce says, "No." Ha, I love seeing him uncomfortable.

7. Eventually, Lois and Selina get to spend a little girl time together while Clark and Bruce hit balls with baseball bats (with Bruce claiming it's too easy). Clark points out that being with "a criminal, it's an odd match." Bruce, of course, has the perfect response.

While the banter between the men is good, Lois asks Selina a good question, "Why him?"

"He catches me when I fall...does that make any sense at all?"

Lois doesn't directly answer the question, but we all know Superman has always been there for Lois and knows exactly where Selina is coming from here.

8. Clark and Bruce have an ongoing debate on weather or not Bruce could hit Superman's fast ball. Clark doubts it, thinking that he can throw too fast for Bruce to even see it. But Bruce hypothesizes that one can only throw a ball so fast before it falls apart, so Superman will be limited on how fast he can throw it. This is proven correct at the end of the issue when they try it and Bruce hits Superman's fast ball. \^_\^

Good issue. I really like the character dynamic between them and it was very nice to see Lois and Selina interact together and just talking. Who knew these characters had such great chemistry. \(yes\)

After reading thoughts here on the board, decided to give it a look over myself in a B&N. It was so good I bought it.

It's so refreshing to see a simple day-in-the-life story, where the only 'heroic' event is Clark and Bruce tag-teaming to take out a purse-snatcher (one of my favorite moments in the book, actually).

But what I really loved is the underlying subtext of the whole issue, which is something I've been told King did a lot of in his critically acclaimed 'Vision' run over at Marvel (a book I still need to get my hands on, one of these days).

Is it possible for a costumed criminal to redeem herself? Is it possible for Batman to ever have a functioning romantic relationship, let alone a marriage?

Heck, expand that to the character concepts themselves. Is it possible for an alien, that looks human, to someone make their way to Earth? To gain superpowers? To not become a tyrant or selfish prick?

How possible is it that a billionaire who looses his parents to violence would rather dedicate his life to personally stamping out crime, instead of wallowing in drugs, alcohol and hookers?

A lot of people would say any of the scenarios turning out positive would be impossible. And yeah, realistically speaking, it's highly improbable that any of the above, including a Bruce/Selena marriage would work out. The story has Selena steal the thief's wallet, despite being engaged to a superhero... that doesn't bode well for their relationship going forward.

Bruce admitting he has no idea of what a real marriage entails, because of his profession and since the only 'healthy' relationship he knows is still from the viewpoint of a child, also doesn't bode well.

To some, it would mean a happy ending is impossible (and with DC Editorial, it probably will be, but I digress).

But really, scenarios are improbable, not impossible.

Bruce hitting the ball at the end is the cap of it all. Yeah, it should be impossible to hit a fastball from Superman, just like a successful marriage between two very damaged people (who dress up in costumes and go prowling at night) should be impossible.

Yet, Clark saying "Here's to the impossible" is the best way to cap off the night, because nothing is impossible, just improbable.

So when Bruce hits and connects, it gives a reason to believe that perhaps, just like Bruce hitting the ball, his marriage to Selena will beat the odds.

I was enjoying the issue, but the issue's subtext and ending metaphor turned it into unabashed love.

Might need to add this to the mix with New Super-Man...

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