Saturday, March 02, 2013

Superhero Theorizing

     ...What if the original, 1911-wielding Batman was replaced early on by a psychopath who gets his thrills exposing a young sidekick to increasingly dangerous situations?  Consider -- darned few Robins survive to voting age unscathed.  At least two of them have been killed.  And he doesn't even have the option of firearms to help extricate them from imminent threat.

     I'm just wondering.  I mean, c'mon, what do we really know of the current "Bruce Wayne?"  His story keeps changing, depending on who's telling it.


Erin Palette said...

They don't stay dead. After all, the first Robin to die, Jason Todd, was later revealed to be alive back in 2005 and is now a semi-villain going by the name Red Hood (a former alias of the Joker, which is ironic, since it was the Joker who almost killed Todd).

No one stays dead in comics. The afterlife has a revolving door.

Bob said...

When you have any long-running character you have to make a basic decision as to whether you'll abide by his/her history or not. It's why in the comics industry you have so many parallel universe and alternate timeline stories, because the writers have their own notions of the heroes and/or want to graft their own personalities onto them.

Jess said...

I wonder why they have to kill him. Why not have him get married, have a few children, decide he'd rather work for UPS and retire?

Robert Fowler said...

Batman carried a 1911? I never knew that.

Erin Palette said...

@Robert Fowler: He did, in the early days of the comic. He also broke someone's neck, though I am unsure if it was deliberate or accidental.

I believe he was also deputized by the Gotham Police in the 1960s and carried a badge, but that was several reboots ago.

Jake (formerly Riposte3) said...

Erin's right. And considering this particular Robin's family history, I seriously doubt he'll stay dead for long.

But maybe they'll put Tim Drake back as Robin. He was the best one, anyway.