"But Alex, how can one of the most despised NBA superstars be one of the most beloved superheroes?!"
"Yeah, Alex! I LOVE BATMAN. BUT I HATE LEBRON. IT DOESN'T MAKE SENSE."
Before all the flame rolls in for this slide, let me explain to you why this makes perfect sense. Here's what Wikipedia has to say about Batman:
There are a plethora of superheroes without superpowers, but of them all the Batman character relies on "his own scientific knowledge, detective skills, and athletic prowess." ... Superman describes Batman as "the most dangerous man on Earth," able to defeat a team of superpowered aliens by himself in order to rescue his imprisoned teammates.
Athletic Prowess: something LeBron has gobs of. Also, while in Cleveland, LeBron was ordered on multiple occasions to defeat opposing teams by himself.
I know what you're thinking, if you actually like LeBron and had to compare him to any superhero, Batman would make the least amount of sense because LeBron's super powers would be flight (dunking) and superior vision (passing), and Batman has zero real super powers.
So, why isn't LeBron's superhero counterpart Superman? Well, I'll get to that on the next slide. But for now, remember that Batman can fly and he does have superior vision, he just has to use special gadgets to do it.
So while LeBron may have more natural super powers than Batman, they both are real guys who have the same abilities.
But what makes LeBron like Batman goes far and beyond any super power, it's more about respectability.
Batman was beloved by the city of Gotham forever. Who wouldn't love a vigilante crime fighter who put the entire city on his back?
Ding, ding, ding. That was LeBron in Cleveland. LeBron was Cleveland's Dark Knight for seven years. He had very little help while he was there, so he always had to put the entire team on his back.
The only difference between these two scenarios was that Batman certainly had more clutch victories, but again, they both have the same story.
Now, for those of you who read the comics, graphic novels or have seen the Batman movies, you know that Batman becomes the villain at the end of The Dark Knight. As Harvey Dent puts it:
You either die a hero or you live long enough to see yourself become the villain.
Batman wasn't in the wrong, he isn't a true villain, but he's not the hero that Gotham deserves. In order to bring Gotham together, he has to become the villain.
Ding, ding, ding. That's now LeBron in Miami. Now, I'm not saying this is true, but this is a crazy theory. LeBron knew that he wasn't going to win in Cleveland. Nobody was doing anything to help him. He was supposed to be the city's savior, but he couldn't do it all by himself. He needed a Harvey Dent to help him.
When he realized he wasn't going to get a Harvey Dent, he decided to turn against the city in the most horrible way possible ("The Decision"), and become the villain to unite the city, even if it was against him. Anything to get the fans in Cleveland passionate about something.
Batman tells Lt. Gordon to tell the people of Gotham that he killed Harvey Dent, their hero. LeBron told the city of Cleveland that he killed the metaphorical Harvey Dent, which was the slight hopes of winning a championship.
The ending lines of The Dark Knight are the perfect summation of both Batman and LeBron's lives:
James Gordon Jr.: Why's he running, dad?
Lt. Gordon: Because we have to chase him.
James Gordon Jr.: He didn't do anything wrong.
Lt. Gordon: Because he's the hero Gotham deserves, but not the one it needs right now. So we'll hunt him because he can take it. Because he's not our hero. He's a silent guardian, a watchful protector. A dark knight.
Kinda perfect, right?