Part three here we come:
So, I covered the foundation, the way they handle each other’s values, and disagreements. I didn’t exhaust any one of these subjects by any means, but I touched on them.
Now we come to the worst part: Fighting.
Fights are not the same as disagreements. Disagreements can be unemotional, but fights, for the purpose of this post, will be classified as the times we actually hurt each other deeply.
Barda and Scott have only one real fight on record, as I mentioned in the previous post. From what I understand, they split after Barda complains that Scott is ignoring her needs because he is so caught up in what he does, even when it’s a good thing, that her feelings are put on the back burner.
At first I discredited this. How could someone so unselfish as Barda complain about this?
But then I realized, with a little help from my sister, that it is actually a pretty rational fight to expect of them.
Barda and Scott both have traumatic backgrounds in which they were never taught that they deserve any love. (Note the word deserve.) Both of them believed that for a long time.
For the first few years of their marriage, I’d venture to say, they didn’t have a problem because both of them believe the other to be worthy of love and preference more than themselves, they would pour into each other so much that they would never stop to ask if they deserved more.
But… I could easily see Scott, who is always the absent minded professor type at the best of times, getting caught up in helping other people. (I think maybe it was even with the Justice League) and thinking that his wife would be fine. She’d never made demands on him before. (How many men get caught in this trap?)
Meanwhile, Barda suddenly finds he’s not home, or not paying her much attention when he is, and since she has few other interests to occupy her time, she starts to resent that.
You can imagine the rest as easily as I can.
So they separate for awhile though I don’t think they ever think of divorce. There’s no two people more suited for each other. They could never find anyone else just like the other person.
I imagine they reunited after both realizing that they are better off with each other if only for a few minutes a day, than apart forever.
AS far as I know, they have no further problems beyond small disagreements that are bound to happen and are forgotten the next day.
The important thing about this story is to ask what changed? You probably got my hint. They started thinking about what they deserved. In other words, Pride.
Normally you would not find more humble people that Scott and Barda. They are willing to give everyone a fair chance, to take in people they know have emoitonal issues and try to help them, and to bear with each other’s own weaknesses.
Barda is convinced Scott is the better person, but I think he considers her to be the most loyal of the two.
So what could have caused them to change? Simple, they came to expect one thing, and when they didn’t have it, they felt threatened and started to demand it.
I have a feeling Scott was probably surprised when his beloved bride started resenting wheat she’d always supported in the past.
There’s another issue too, Barda started trying to be a regular housewife before that time. She’s not so unsuited to it, but to someone like her, staying at home keeping house has to sting when her husband is out doing what she used to do all the time.
No one’s making her stay at home, she put limits on herself.
That’s where we find trouble so often. We decided how far we can go and no further, then we blame our spouse or our other family for our unhappiness.
Bard and Scott work it out in the end because they have true love and common sense on their side. But our other couple suffers from almost the same problem.
Wonder Woman is a Princess, as Batman points out to her, and he is a rich kid with many issues. Though his excuse is lame, his point is not necessarily without merit.
These two are not ready for emoitonal intimacy.
I think the ladies will all agree with me when I say Wonder Woman would be in for some shocks if she were to get close to any man, let alone Batman.
She’s from an all female island, and she has guy friends, but she doesn’t really get why men are they way they are sometimes she complains about it.
I relate becuase I am typically surrounded by women myself and I don’t claim to really get men. I know that’s an obstacle I have to overcome, but she is in blissfu lignorance of that fact.
Batman onthe other hand is the DArk Knight for a reason. He has his allegiance (Gotham) and he prowls around on his metal steed looking for anyone in distress.
I want you to try to picture these two sharing their turf.
If you can’t laugh at that, you’ve probably never watched either of t hem in action.
Oh my gosh, what a nightmare. Batman’s worst nightmare in fact.
I think men often overlook this when they get married or get into a serious dating relationship. Women want to be a part of your whole life. They want to feel like you value their company in whatever you do.
Men tend to want to separate their lives into categories. Work. Batmanning it. Home.
I will not say either is entirely wrong. Standing alone is necessary, so is getting help.
Batman would probably feel like his criminals and his city are his personal property, and the guys in the League, or the other girls, would never dream of swinging around Gotham without his consent (like Batgirl.) But Wonder Woman would naturally expect to be able to help him out.
I know that was speculation, but there was plenty of evidence for it on the show. Often Batman will hold her back from interfering in a situation where he feels like it’s someone’s personal call. He also did it with Robin on the Animated Batman Show. Batman believe you’ve got to stand on your own sometimes, and that makes perfect sense.
Diana probably never fought a single battle without a whole crowd watching, ready to step in if something went totally wrong. She might understand giving someone breathing room, but utterly leaving them to themselves, she’d probably find that a bit hard. Though she’s been known to take on problems single handedly, she tends to do that from a belief that she is totally over-capable of beating them.
Scott and Barda had perfect teamwork because they never made any bones about dong things together, unless there was a good reason to split, then they allowed it without making a fuss. The one exception being what I mentioned above.
Pride. It gets us every time. If there’s one thing Batman and Wonder Woman both have in abundance, it’s pride.
This may have made it sound like I don’t ship these two at all, or like I expect people to e perfect. But I don’t. I’ll get to that in part for.