Utility belt as tefillin

Given the fact that Bob Kane was born “Robert Kahn,” I’m perfectly willing to believe this:

Back in the 1930s, it made some sense for Bruce Wayne, scion of one of Gotham’s finest families, to be a WASP. But look around NYC and see whose names are on the hospital, university and theater buildings. Don’t get us wrong … Batman has to be named Bruce Wayne. But who’s to say he wasn’t named after his great-grandfather, Baruch Wien?

And just to support the premise:

Bruce Wayne was taught as a child that he had a particular obligation to help the helpless. Moses looked to the left and to the right, and when he saw no one else there, he stepped up to protect the innocent. Batman is so admired because he also teaches us that when no one else is there, the thing to do is to step up to the challenge of — well — becoming a hero.

Besides, why should the Marvel universe be the only one in comicdom with a major Jewish character?

(Via Dick Stanley.)


  1. Baby M »

    12 September 2011 · 5:10 pm

    “Oy vey, Robin, to the Bat-Mobile!”

  2. Tatyana »

    13 September 2011 · 8:47 am

    yes: we are everywhere.
    [C, tefillin as a utility belt can only work if said belt is worn on one’s head. is that what you means?]

  3. CGHill »

    13 September 2011 · 10:18 am

    It was my understanding that there was one worn on the arm as well. Either way, it doesn’t match up with the canonical utility belt, but I didn’t think it would work as a cowl either.

  4. Tatyana »

    13 September 2011 · 10:54 am

    then, maybe, it’d make sense not to use “tifillin” at all?

  5. CGHill »

    13 September 2011 · 11:12 am

    Yeah, but then I’m scratching around for a title again. (“BatMensch” was already used.)

  6. Tatyana »

    13 September 2011 · 11:22 am

    BatMensch would be perfect, from all points. Some truths are not only evident, but true in infinity, in endless eternal repetition…

  7. CGHill »

    13 September 2011 · 11:25 am

    All the more reason not to swipe it from the person who came up with it. :)

  8. nightfly »

    13 September 2011 · 2:20 pm

    Yeah, it’s too bad the “Why is this Knight different from all others?” line is gold. In this case, though, I think that the writers have always linked Bruce Wayne to Mad Anthony Wayne, a real-life American Revolutionary.

    Besides, there’s another metaphorical contender for ├╝bermensch, as many have theorized. You could look it up… up in the sky! It’s a bird, it’s a plane…

    Well – no. It’s a Methodist, according to the comics themselves (again), but Supes-as-Moses, the deliverer of his people, carries some weight, and his creators were also Jewish.

  9. CGHill »

    13 September 2011 · 2:22 pm

    I assume young Kal-El picked up this Wesleyan business from the Kents.

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