Is Batman Christian?

That’s a hard question to answer. In the end, I think it depends on who Batman’s caretaker is at any given time. Batman’s first origin story shows him praying to God after his dad dies—praying for the strength to fight evil and, in essence, become the hero he’d eventually grow into. But he’s always been a man of science as well, and more recent writers sometimes turn our man in black into an ever-skeptical agnostic or atheist. But in some ways, I think even this inconsistency of Batman’s is mirrored in many of us. Lots of faithful Christians wrestle with doubt at times, and I’d imagine that even secular skeptics have moments when they long to believe, and wonder if there’s anything—anyone—to believe in.

All that said, I don’t know how you become Batman without faith, even if it’s a subconscious faith. He clearly believes in wrong and right, and believes in it so strongly that he sacrificed much of his wealth and any hope of normalcy to pursue a strange, powerful calling. I don’t know if Batman knows God. But God knows Batman.