Atticus Finch vs. Matt Murdock

July 16, 2015 at 10:21 am (Fictional Character Battles) (, , , , )

With all the to-do about the new Harper Lee novel that I won’t be reading, I’ve been thinking a lot about famous fictional lawyer Atticus Finch. You know who else is a famous fictional lawyer? Daredevil! Also known as Matt Murdock!

Up until doing an image search, I forgot Netflix's Daredevil existed.

Up until doing an image search, I forgot Netflix’s Daredevil existed.

Which one of these famous fictional lawyers is all-around better person (ignoring the fact that Atticus Finch turns into a racist in Go Set a Watchman, because I’m pretty sure that book was never meant to be published)? And which one do I just plain old like better, because I’m biased against certain fictional characters?

Let’s find out!

Physicality. Atticus Finch, in To Kill a Mockingbird, is a 50-year-old man who is dignified and wears glasses. Matt Murdock also wears glasses, because he is blind, which is his superpower somehow. Winner? It’s a tie.

Was portrayed in the movies by one of the most attractive men ever to exist? Atticus Finch was portrayed by Gregory Peck.

Here's a picture of Gregory Peck. With sideburns.

Here’s a picture of Gregory Peck.
With sideburns.

Matt Murdock was not portrayed by Gregory Peck. Winner? Atticus Finch.

Has adorable little kids that halt a lynching? Atticus Finch is the proud papa of Jem and Scout Finch, whom you should not name your children after, because those are silly nicknames, not their actual names. Jem and Scout prevent a lynching through the power of being adorable kids. I don’t think Matt Murdock has kids. Maybe he does. I don’t know. Whatever. Winner? Atticus Finch.

They're so cute, I never want to lynch anyone ever again!

They’re so cute, I never want to lynch anyone ever again!

Is a superhero? Atticus Finch is a southern man in the 1930s who defends a black man convicted of rape. Matt Murdock is Daredevil, a guy whose blindness gave him superpowers. Sometimes, superhero origin stories really strain the limits of belief. Winner? It’s a tie!

Is blind? Atticus Finch has to wear glasses, and he can barely see out of one eye. But he’s not blind. Matt Murdock, on the other hand, is blind, which gives him superpowers. I can’t emphasize enough how silly that is. Winner? Matt Murdock.

"I shall defeat evil through the power of BLINDNESS!"

“I shall defeat evil through the power of BLINDNESS!”

Saves more lives? Atticus Finch is a good lawyer, but the 1930s South was pretty racist. His client, Tom Robinson, is convicted of rape and shot to death trying to escape prison. Matt Murdock is a superhero. He saves all sorts of lives, all the time. Winner? Matt Murdock.

Looks better in red? Atticus Finch probably doesn’t even wear red. It was the 1930s, after all, and red wasn’t invented until 1942. Matt Murdock, when in costume as Daredevil, wears head-to-toe red for these two reasons: 1) DareDEVIL; 2) blindness. Winner? Nobody, because nobody looks good in red.

I'm actually familiar with Daredevil's origin, but being blind is still a silly superpower.

I’m actually familiar with Daredevil’s origin, but being blind is still a silly superpower.

Now we’re tied! It’s probably because I actually have no biases, at all, toward anything, and am a perfect human being.

Like Atticus Finch!

Like Atticus Finch!

Probably not. You’re right! It was all so I could have a highly loaded-in-one-character’s-favor tie-breaking question!!!!

Saves his neighborhood from a rabid dog, through the power of having really good aim? Atticus Finch, conveniently enough, totally saves his neighborhood from a rabid dog, through the power of having really good aim. He wins! He’s the winner! Atticus! Atticus!

"I was shouting Attica! Attica!"

I was shouting Attica! Attica!

Overall winner? The guy who was played by Gregory Peck in the movies, obviously, because have you seen Gregory Peck?

What's that? You say you have, because you've been reading this blog post? Well, here's another picture of Gregory Peck, anyway.

What’s that? You say you have, because you’ve been reading this blog post?
Well, here’s another picture of Gregory Peck, anyway.

 

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