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How can a hero
be a negative
Batman, big shot, when you gave the order
to grow up, then let me loose to wander
leeward, freely through the wild blue yonder
as you liked to say, or ditched me, rather,
in the gutter ... well, I turned the corner.
Now I've scotched that 'he was like a father
to me' rumour, sacked it, blown the cover
on that 'he was like an elder brother'
story, let the cat out on that caper
with the married woman, how you took her
downtown on expenses in the motor.
I'm not playing ball boy any longer
Batman, now I've doffed that off-the-shoulder
Sherwood-Forest-green and scarlet number
for a pair of jeans and crew-neck jumper;
now I'm taller, harder, stronger, older.
Batman, it makes a marvellous picture:
you without a shadow, stewing over
chicken giblets in the pressure cooker;
next to nothing in the walk-in larder,
punching the palm of your hand all winter,
you baby, now I'm the real boy wonder.
What's it about?
· The poem is a dramatic monologue by
Robin the Boy Wonder, the loyal sidekick to
Batman in the comic strips, television
programmes and films.
· Robin talks about how he has separated
from Batman and is learning to lead his
own, independent life.
· In the process he publicises some of
Batman's secrets so that we see the
'superhero' in a new light.
Statement True/False Evidence
Batman was like an
elder brother to
Batman never did
Batman made Robin
do the shopping.
Batman agreed that
Robin should leave.