As my dog Douglas spirals into the uncharted depths of dementia, I’ve noticed that his behavior while often bizarre, is not totally inexplicable. In any other circumstance Doug’s conduct may be misconstrued as out of sync with the norm, aberrent, or as I have so unjustly referred to it as, “downright kooky.” However if we were to think outside the proverbial box, and recognize Doug for the upstanding guy that he is, we might be able to entertain the idea that in fact he is prepping for superhero-dom. Given some thought, one can draw more than a few parallels, not the least of which, is that I leave everyday for work and no one actually knows what Doug does with those hours.
I think, NAY I BELIEVE, that Doug and Batman have far too many similarities to be ignored.
- In his supposed demented state, Doug has taken to trying to leave the house via the bookcase. (see 1960’s Batman television series)
- Not unlike the Batman, Doug comes with a hard-luck back story. Neither Batman nor Doug were given adequate early childhood exposure to their parents.
- Having been a bad guy when I first met him, Doug is the epitome of the anti-hero. It is widely recognized that Batman, if he ever decided to go against the “good-guy code,” would be the perfect villain.
- Batman is secretive and quiet. Doug walks around in the equivalent of footy pajamas and is also quite stealth.
- Bruce Wayne, notorious playboy and philanthropist, is Batman’s alias. Douglas goes by several aliases: Mr. Pup E. Luv, Mr. Fairbanks, Sir Sleeps a Lot, Sir Poops a Lot, Dougster, Douglie Doo, Doug, the Douginator… the playboy persona goes without saying.
- From the age of 8 years, Bruce Wayne was raised by his loyal, and indefatigable, butler Alfred Pennyworth. Doug was raised from the age of 10 by his loyal , and fatigued, cook and personal slave…me.
- Bruce Wayne and therefore Batman, is a man in tune with the needs of his people. So is Doug.
- Like Robin is to Batman, so was Zeb to Doug.
- They both have the moves… and do a mean Batusi.