Michael Keaton said it...
Val Kilmer said it...
George Clooney...Christian Bale...
Heck, even Kramer uttered these famous words.
Now I proclaim it... "I am Batman!!"
Of all the super-heroes, Batman is my favorite.
He doesn't have super strength like Superman. He can't run fast like the Flash. He doesn't have self-healing skills and a metal skeleton like Wolverine (although I must admit, Wolverine is #2 on the super-hero cool list). He can't even do the whole "Wonder Twins activate thing ("Form of a pail of water!). He is human. He bleeds, gets hurt, and has to flee the scene at times in defeat. I like that. I can relate to that. He's not perfect, and neither am I.
As boys, we all wanted to be a super-hero.
The truth is, those of us that are fathers are super-heroes. That is the way our kids look at us. Too many of us though are pretending to be Superman with his super strength, the Flash with his super speed, or Wolverine with his all his super skills. We act as if we are invincible.
But we're not...
To our kids, we have the ability to do super hero things, but we also fail at times and have to retreat in defeat.
But what do we do then?? What do we do when we've be beaten by the Jokers, Riddlers, and Penguins that haunt our nature??
Well, Batman had a mission. To protect the people of Gotham.
Gotham still needed Batman, and so do our kids.
When you are a father, you are super-hero. So what kind of Super-hero am I going to be?? Well the truth is, I am not Superman (I have an everlasting supply of Kryptonite running through my veins.)
But I never wanted to be Superman.
I am Batman
and to my kids, that's just fine with them.