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The secret to a good Batman portrayal? Eyebrows, of course

What makes for a good Batman aside from dead parents, a crime-infested city, and a trusted sidekick? Why, eyebrows, of course.

Well, at least, that’s what the people of the internet think.

The interwebs is abuzz with suggestions for the next Bruce Wayne. Ben Affleck, current Dark Knight title holder, has pretty much confirmed he won’t be starring in the next Batman film.

And so, what grand theory has the internet come up with this time?

That Batman should have—you guessed it—good eyebrows.

Bat brows are a make-it-or-break-it

Author G. Willow Wilson proposed on Twitter that Batman should have “profound eyebrow game” to be successful. It’s hard to argue.

“All successful Batmen have had profound eyebrow game,” she wrote. “The unsuccessful ones? Mediocre eyebrows.”

Of course, all scientific research requires hard evidence. Wilson was happy to oblige the almost three thousand people who liked her tweet.

Michael Keaton and Christian Bale get the seal of approval. Affleck, on the other hand, isn’t off the hook.

“Ben Affleck? Now I love Ben Affleck, don’t get me wrong. But the man’s eyebrows are practically an afterthought,” Wilson wrote.

When asked about Adam West, Willow replied with what she claims to be insider knowledge.

“I happen to know that they gave him bigger eyebrows with makeup. I have even heard there was mascara involved,” she wrote.

Not to be outperformed, other Twitter users pointed out some holes in her hypothesis.

“Seriously, I was just thinking ‘But Clooney has glorious eyebrows, and his Batman game was meh!’,” wrote Twitter user Patrick Sharp.

Others offered their suggestions for Bruce Wayne based (partially) on strong eyebrow game.

Oscar Isaac, Lee Pace, and Jon Hamm were quick to be suggested as Batmen-to-be.

Affleck passes on the bat cape

Whether ot not you’re a fan of the Batman eyebrows theory, tye fact remains that Ben Affleck has taken the Batmobile out for the last time.

Affleck shared a tweet that claims he will be “passing the torch” to the “next generation of Bruce Wayne.”

His caption reads, “Excited for #TheBatman in Summer 2021 and to see @MattReevesLA vision come to life.”

Reports say that the 2021 Batman film will likely feature a younger Caped Crusader.

“It’s more Batman in his detective mode than we’ve seen in the films,” writer and director Matt Reeves told The Hollywood Reporter. “He’s supposed to be the world’s greatest detective, and that’s not necessarily been a part of what the movies have been.”

“I’d love this to be one where when we go on that journey of tracking down the criminals and trying to solve a crime,” he added, “it’s going to allow his character to have an arc, so that he can go through a transformation.”

Warner Bros. hasn’t confirmed Affleck’s departure yet, but the actor’s tweet seems ample confirmation of years’ worth of rumors.

Of course, the Gone Girl actor/producer could always come back someday to play a Bruce Wayne that’s closer to his age. But, for now, the internet is having a field day trying to find the DC Extended Universe its next Batman.

Reeves take on the Caped Crusader, titled ‘The Batman’ is set to premiere on June 25, 2021.

The long-standing appeal of The Batman

Batman is an American cultural icon. The character was created by artist Bob Kane and writer Bill Finger. He first appeared as “Bat-Man” in the 1939 comic book Detective Comics #27.

Unlike his peers with the laser eyes and the super speed, Batman has zero superpowers. His crime-fighting is enabled by his genius-level intelligence, deep pockets, and hand-to-hand combat skills.

While this might peg him as the underdog, in truth, it’s part of his appeal. On one hand, we have Superman, Wonder Woman, and The Flash donned in, well, flashy colors. On the other, Batman is in a gloomy black-and-gray ensemble.

His origin story is also one of childhood trauma. A young Bruce Wayne watched his parents die at the hands of a heartless mugger. It’s why he devoted his whole life to fighting crime.

Explains film director and comic enthusiast Kevin Smith, “Batman is about angst; Superman is about hope.”

What th Batman eyebrow means for men’s grooming

If even Batman is subjected to rigorous eyebrow standards, then what does that mean for. the rest of the male population?

Where eyebrows used to be a neglected part of men’s faces, now, brows are becoming part of their grooming routine.

Now, for some bad news: most men will need some form of eyebdow grooming as they hit the big 3-0. As they age past 30, men’s brows get a little longer and heavier toward their eyelids.

The good news? Men are starting to see “girly” treatments like eyebrow treading and tinting as not taboo.

“There is a lot less stigma attached to all areas of gentlemen’s grooming now, and keeping your eyebrows looking defined and polished is simply one aspect of that routine,” Emily Gordon-Smith told The Guardian. Gordon-Smith is a director at trends company Stylus.

With regular threading to clean up the brows and microblading to fill in the sparser areas, men don’t need to worry about a worrisome everyday routine.

Microblading, in particular, requires almost no maintenance. After one session and a few weeks’ aftercare, men can have gloriously filled out brows for up to two years.

The best part is that microblading is safe and compatible for all skin types.
There’s no damage done to any of the existing eyebrow hair, and annual touch-ups mean the brow shape and design can be updated.

To learn more about common mistakes and best practices in male eyebrow grooming, click here.

For more information about microblading, check our article on explaining microblading.

Nicole Cruz
Nicole is a fan of all things beauty and fashion. She writes to make a living, buy more lipstick, and keep her dogs happy.

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