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I just re-watched Batman begins with my big bro, and a wild plot bunny decided to run straight under my nose. Just think about this guys: 

  • The League of Shadows, being all about justice and good, but not as extremeous as in the movie
  • Ra’s Al Ghul, still called Qui-Gon Jinn at the time, training two incredibly gifted students together, Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker
  • The two young men are like brothers, bickering constantly, dragging each other into trouble and always saving the other’s neck whenever needed
  • They immensely respect Qui-Gon, and he’s incredibly proud of them
  • They’re like family, a father and his two sons; but of course Qui-Gon is too stubborn and prideful to show his love and only acts as a teacher
  • Yet the boys adore him, especially Obi-Wan, who almost dies more than once to protect his Master
  • Which automatically makes Qui-Gon shift into his worried-as-hell daddy mode - you know, that whole “I tend to your wounds, wipe your feverish brow and stay at your bedside for days” thing
  • Anakin sees this and he slowly becomes jealous - plus, he’s influenced by a creepy guy named Sheev, who insinuates in a very “sublte” manner that Qui-Gon prefers Obi-Wan; which of course isn’t true
  • And one day, devoured by his anger and deceived into believing that the League is corrupted, Anakin decides to destroy it
  • He asks Obi-Wan to join him and stand by his side, but Obi-Wan won’t betray Qui-Gon
  • And so they fight, and Obi-Wan wins - but he won’t kill his brother, so he throws his weapon aside and begs Anakin to come to his senses
  • Anakin uses the opportunity to stab him, telling Obi-Wan that “he never learned to do what is necessary”
  • That’s when Qui-Gon arrives
  • He fights Anakin and kills him, only to see Obi-Wan die in his arms a few moments later (I’m talking about a really sad death, ‘kay?)
  • Devastated, he cuts his hair, changes his name into Ra’s Al Ghul and makes the League become more intransigent, inflexible
  • Then he decides to destroy Gotham because Sheev, the man who influenced Anakin, is actually a crime lord from that city, and that town was decadent anyway
  • A few years later arrives Bruce Wayne
  • And the movie begins

Just. Think. About. It.

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Batman’s Infamous Rogues Gallery.

“Sometimes… sometimes I think the Asylum is a head. We’re inside a huge head that dreams us all into being. Perhaps it’s your head, Batman. Arkham is a looking glass… and we are you.”   - Arkham Asylum: A Serious House on Serious Earth