Re "Doherty's Rule," as Jim Blue aptly named it:
I can understand why James Bond is not hardboiled. Even
though I brought him up to see what exactly was the
disqualifying factor, according to the rule, I don't really
think of him as hardboiled, either, placing him more in the
spy and men's adventure traditions.
I do think Hannibal Lecter (at least in his first two
appearances, haven't read the third), barely makes the cut,
but can easily see why others might not, placing him within
the gothic tradition, from which he is obviously
However, what keeps Batman out? While Bruce Wayne may not be,
Batman is tough and colloquial in many (most?) of his
incarnations. So why is he out according to the rule?
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