Who Said It: Batman or Balzac?


Seventy-five years ago, comic book writer Bob Kane introduced the world to a crime fighting hero that would become a pop-culture icon -- Batman. In a fictional universe where other characters like Superman could lift trains and fly, the Caped Crusader was unique -- he had no super powers, only an all-consuming hatred of evil and injustice, bred from witnessing the murder of his parents.Decades of fans have followed Bruce Wayne/Batman's often conflicted vigilante journey straddling the lines of right and wrong.

Another writer known for creating morally ambiguous characters that explore ideas of morality, righteousness, and the law was French novelist and playwright Honoré de Balzac. His best known work is The Human Comedy, a series of connected novels examining life in post-revolution 19th-century France.

Both Batman and Balzac have had insightful and profound things to say over the years. Let's see if you can tell their words apart.


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