A heated argument brewed within the Boys’ Latin community in early April about who is the best superhero and supervillain. The criteria to the question of who is best were completely up to an individual’s determination. The responses between classmates were extremely emotional and well thought out.
Some based their answers off of movies and others off of comics. Also, the answers weren’t necessarily based off of who was the most powerful but the most well-liked. Michael Ubriaco, a senior, stated that his “favorite superhero is the flash because he’s super fast.”
To settle the debate amongst students at Boys’ Latin on who is the best superhero or supervillain, a school-wide poll was sent out in order to collect the necessary data. Over a quarter of the student body responded to the poll.
The students’ most popular superhero was Batman, collecting close to 18% of the votes. The second most popular superhero was Spider-Man, collecting close to 16% of the votes. These two supers were the outliers in the poll as the rest of the votes were distributed amongst all other superheroes.
The race for the most popular superhero at Boys’ Latin was a close call. The same cannot be said for the most popular supervillain poll.
The Joker absolutely demolished the competition with 47% of the votes being awarded to him. Bane was the next highest with 13% of votes.
The superhero and supervillain poll was dominated by characters from the “Batman” series. Blake Shepherd, a junior, attributed this success to the trilogy of “Batman” movies. The Batman trilogy has been rated as one of the best works of film and acting in recent time.
Heath Ledger won an Oscar for his role as the Joker in “The Dark Knight.” Mr. Roche, a faculty member, believes that “Heath Ledger redefined what it meant to be a villain.” To continue with the theme of the Batman Trilogy, Bane ran the table for the second most popular.
Patrick McDermott voted for Bane, and his reasoning was because Bane has extremely intimidating trash talk. Walking through the halls of Boys’ Latin, one can almost always here McDermott quoting Bane saying, “Ah you think darkness is your ally? You merely adopted the dark. I was born in it, molded by it. I didn’t see the light until I was already a man, by then it was nothing to me but blinding!”
Many believe that all the “Batman” characters were so popular because they are people with no super powers. This creates a sense of connectivity between individuals.
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