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Disney Plus’ Moon Knight inspires Batman comparisons; however, the series leans more toward horror.
On the surface, the Batman echoes are easy to spot.
Indeed, both are dark, mysterious heroes.
Furthermore, their secret identities are wealthy men.
In addition, they’re equally tormented.
But that’s where they part.
Moon Knight is insane.
The hint is in his name. Moon as in lunar.
Or, more specifically, lunacy.
Moon Knight has multiple personalities.
That’s otherwise known as dissociative identity disorder.
Yes, the Batman is troubled.
On the other hand, he isn’t crazy.
Keep in mind that the Joker is his antithesis.
The Batman represents order; the Joker is chaos.
Disney Plus’ Moon Knight Is More Horror Than The Batman
In other words, the Batman is not mentally unstable.
Moon Knight is.
Writer Doug Moench and artist Don Perlin co-created Moon Knight in Werewolf by Night No. 32.
That was in 1975.
Marvel Comics experimented with oddball characters then.
Marvel Comics during the ’70s raised the freak flag.
Weird superheroes like Adam Warlock, Howard the Duck, and Werewolf by Night filled Marvel Comics.
That generation of bizarre B-sides now invade the MCU.
Moon Knight leaps to the front of the line.
The character is awash in Egyptian mythology.
He’s not Batman.
After all, Batman doesn’t speak to Egyptian moon gods.
Throughout the ’70s, Moon Knight was a cult favorite.
He was a “deep cut” for comics fans.
Like Shang-Chi, only the cool kids dug him.
Actually, they were among the few familiar with him.
However, in the early ’80s Moench and artist Bill Sienkiewicz elevated Moon Knight to new heights.
At first, Sienkiewicz’ vision echoed Neal Adams’ gritty realism.
Afterwards, Sienkiewicz found his own voice.
Likewise, Moench matched his development.
Consequently, Moon Knight ventured into horror territory.
The Disney Plus series will capture that flavor.
Oscar Isaac is exceptional casting.
Isaac has the roguish charm and brooding intensity needed for Moon Knight.
Well, that’s true of the footage we’ve seen.
Oddly enough, Matt Reeves’ The Batman is called a horror movie.
So Moon Knight and The Batman follow similar paths.
Which will be better?
That’s for the viewers to decide.
Batman has familiarity on his side.
On the contrary, Moon Knight’s freshness gives him an advantage.