“It’s because there’s always a part of us that believes he’ll always dodge the bullet and its a brilliant part. Even if we’re wrong we need it because you can’t survive without it. That’s what Batman personifies. If you take it even deeper it’s like Christ. Basically the thing that is Christ is God made flesh and if you think of that seriously whether it’s historical or not doesn’t matter. It’s the same as Batman it’s not historical it’s a story that makes us feel something that presses a fucking human button that’s really important. And the button Christ presses is basically this – They took God and they nailed him to wood. The most spiritual thing you can imagine, the highest, most abstract, beautiful light filled conception and they nailed it too wood. Because, it felt it, like I said earlier you can’t be God without knowing what it is to be nailed to wood. Spartacus was nailed to wood. So you’re not God until you’ve felt what Spartacus felt. That’s what I mean, you’re not God until you’ve known what it feels like to be a mouse caught in a trap and have your neck broken, and you’re not God until you know what it feels like to die in a concentration camp. Because, until then your knowledge is not really complete. But, Christ is a great symbol, Christ says that no matter how much you’re hurting, no matter how bad the flesh is crushing you and destroying you, no matter what the disease is, no matter how old you are, no matter how much you’re losing it; I am here with you suffering. And that is the beauty of Christ, “I am here with you. No matter how dark it gets I’m at the darkest. I’m hung here coughing my fucking lungs up with you”, and that’s what it means for flesh when the spirit is crucified to matter and has to suffer like we do and has to understand how we feel.
Batman is another thing like that. It’s a human conception where I can watch my parents being shot dead in the street, everything will go to chaos and I will make meaning of it. I will use all my resources to make meaning and to change that into something positive and good. And that’s always going to buzz us. No matter how cynical we get or shitty it gets. There’s always some part of us that says I want to make meaning out of this; I want to be a hero in this and Batman will always speak to that. Superman is different because he’s of the light. But Batman’s in the dark and like Christ he’s down in the dark and in the gutters with us; except he’s making sense of it all. He’s forming his symbols and its meaning and significance. That’s what I think really appeals to us. And because he has the resources. Effection gives him the resources of a billionaire but, he’s not a bad billionaire. He’s not the evil 1%. He’s on our side and he’s using his resources to save everyone.”
- Grant Morrison on Batman