Christian Bale as … Bruce Wayne
Ian Somerhalder as … Dick Grayson
Dean Geyer as … Jason Todd
Logan Lerman as … Tim Drake
Arsalan Ghasemi as … Damian Wayne
I just started Scott Snyder’s Batman work from the beginning.
This page from Detective Comics 872 seems so simple and yet I am astounded at how masterfully it was put together. It flows perfectly from one panel to another. Jock makes it look easy, but a less skilled artist could make this page either boring or terrible.
“mention that again and you’re fired” - Bruce
Color me completely unsurprised that Bruce had an ant farm in his formative years. His “this is my city and everyone in it depends on me” issues started early. HE FAILED GOTHANT CITY. NEVER AGAIN, ALFRED. NEVER AGAIN.
Moving on, we have the baseball movie about manpain and triumph, where Robert Redford’s character has a bat named Wonderboy. He plays for the New York Knights, and finding that his old flame had been hiding a son that he’d fathered years ago is a plot point. Tomasi, I just want to hug you, okay?
Also, can I say how much I love the fact that Bruce Wayne crying about manly men saving babies is canon? Charles Bronson’s character dies while protecting these three little boys that he’d befriended. I can’t help but think that if this crying instance had happened in Bruce’s adulthood, it’s because he was superimposing that scene with the idea of sacrificing himself for the three little boys that he’d taken in. I get that feel, Bruce. I cry about Robins, too.
These three moments are so purposeful and SO telling, and I just love Tomasi to bits for dropping headcanon like breadcrumbs. These are legitimately things that I could see Bruce crying over. Bless you.
Also he’s turned Gotham into an arena for playing out his own twisted little psychodrama, avenging his parents’ death over and over again, which is why he doesn’t just fucking kill the recurring villains and spare everybody the danger of their continual reappearances.
He’s a big rich man and he doesn’t want to deal with his feelings in any kind of healthy way, so an entire city is vulnerable to terrorist attack on a more or less daily basis for the sake of his sad, creepy power games.
You’re all making very valid socio-economic points
I like Batman anyway
This is the kind of bullshit spewed by dummies who never read Batman comics and never watched Batman: The Animated Series and have never met me.
BASICALLY YOU GUYS ARE ALL STUPID AND DON’T KNOW SHIT ABOUT BATMAN.
First off, Batman fights those would would endanger others. That’s it. The majority of Batman’s villains have amassed criminal fortunes at the cost of innocent lives. Batman doesn’t give a damn about property or social status or even his own inherited wealth (except that it can be used to prevent tragedies like the one that defined his life), he only cares about saving lives. Preventing crime. Capturing criminals.
On top of that, dude is all the time giving criminals second chances. He gets ex-cons and even ex-Arkham patients(!) jobs at his own damn company, geniuses! Yeah, he’s such a Republican. Dude helps fund the police crime lab, manages outreach programs and scholarships, donates to every freaking charity in the city, and STILL spends all his time and money saving your hatin’ ass, because THAT’S WHO HE IS.
Please tell me Bruce Wayne isn’t for higher taxes for after school programs, public housing, and healthcare, all of which reduce crime, because I like arguing with people who don’t know shit. If Batman cared about his money, he’d be running Wayne Enterprises instead of letting his pal Lucius do that stuff. And he sure as heck wouldn’t be funding Batman, Inc. all over the world if it was just about getting his kicks punching poor criminals in the face.
Batman poured his bleeding heart out on the floor before congress to get federal assistance when Gotham needed it.
Batman FREQUENTLY adopts orphans whose parents he couldn’t save or who generally just need his help. (Robinhood is like the Big Brother program, but replace Big with Bat.)
Batman is hardcore BFFs with the biggest liberal softy in the DCU, Superman, whom he respects, both for his work as a superhero AND a member of the fourth estate.
Batman fights rich criminals all the damn time, son. And you know what? If you hench for a homicidal maniac, sometimes you get batarang’d and them’s the breaks. You don’t get to hurt people and get away with it in Gotham City. Not anymore.
Batman doesn’t kill. Batman doesn’t use guns. Batman wants the mentally ill to get help, not be sent to prison. Is it working out great? NOT REALLY, BECAUSE WE ALL WANT MORE ROGUES GALLERY STORIES. Blame the fans for the failure of Arkham, not Batman. Dude’s doing his level best, and it’s a damn sight better than any of you are doing.
But if you’re having trouble getting your head around there being ONE GOOD RICH GUY (and he’s fictional), let me break it down for you:
LEX LUTHOR IS A CONSERVATIVE.
BATMAN IS A LIBERAL.
Dean Trippe drops the damn mic.
Batman takes on Roland Daggett (the epitome of the evil industrialist) in Appointment in Crime Alley (where Batman also supports a free health clinic and stops urban “redevelopment” that would have displaced the poor currently living in the neighborhood), in The Underdwellers he looks after homeless children who are being exploited, he takes on these privileged and entitled peers in The Terrible Trio, in Harley’s Holiday he shows commitment to helping Harley Quinn on her path to recovery, also he is consistently supportive of Harvey Dent/Two-Face i.e. in Second Chance. While Batman is far from perfect what is a much more interesting discussion is if he is really doing justice by just sending criminals to stonegate prison/arkham asylum and if it is justice when he uses methods that are illegal to reach his goal of justice
Cackling at Tim just dropping down from the ceiling.