I was talking to someone about Snyder’s Batman being OP, and they suggested that Bats wasn’t overpowered in the Court of Owls story. I reread it, disagree and thought it would make for a good threat, so let’s recap the nonsense in Court of Owls
Batman successfully fights Mr. Freeze, Two-Face, Professor Pyg, Clayface, Riddler, Killer Croc, Scarecrow and the Ventriloquist simultaneously with nothing more than smoke pellets and fists.
Batman gets stabbed through the arm by a Talon and continues to fight just fine. He later gets stabbed deeply in the shoulders., falls dozens of stories, catches himself on a gargoyle instead of splattering and then continues his regular Bat activities as if nothing happened.
Batman uses a Bat-Electromagnet Creator to pin a group of metal mask wearing thugs onto a train.
Batman hits a tripwire and tanks an explosion powerful enough to destroy an entire floor of a skyscraper around him and blow fire out the top of the building even though the floor that blew up was not on the top floor. Batman runs away during the explosion and uses a pocket laser smaller than a pen to nigh instantly cut a hole in an exterior wall. Later, Batman gets his head shoved through a concrete wall and falls what appears to be a long distance.
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Batman goes without food eight days and gets a sword stabbed through his back and out his belly. He is then badly beaten and kicked through marble wall. Batman spontaneously rallies and kicks the Talon’s butt barehanded and escapes the supposedly inescapable prison, lands in a deep water cave and swims out of the cave to a frozen body of water where he is trapped in freezing water under the ice and then passes out.
Harper revives Batman by electric shock. No explanation is given how Batman got out of the body of water while unconscious and being trapped by a wall of ice. A little later, Batman concludes that because Nightwing’s grandfather was a Talon Nightwing must have also been intended as a Talon, so Batman backhands Nightwing knocking out exactly the right one of Dick’s teeth that just so happens to contain the mark of the Court of Owls.
Even though Batman struggled multiple times to fight a single Talon and has suffered what should have been fatal wounds many times through this story, Batman fights off at least four Talons (probably more) simultaneously unarmed and unarmored. Batman eventually gets in a Bat Mech to fight Talons. Bat Mechs might seem common now but they were extremely rare before Snyder.
Despite having no time to prep the mech for battle, Batman’s Bat Mech just happens to have freezing batarangs allowing batman to exploit Talons’ one weakness, cold
This issue is fine.
Batman continues to fight as if he shouldn’t already be dead several times over from previous wounds. He gets thrown through a brick wall, slammed into several things at flying velocity, holds a conversation with an enemy while just feet away from a turbine engine, falls from plane flying height to the ground and catches himself on a Bat rope and then outruns another series of explosions which starts at his feet.
Anybody else have OP Snyder Batman moments?