What She Means: Jason Todd was the “Robin Who Died" and when he came back as Red Hood (Under The Red Hood 2004-2006) he was after Bruce for not killing the Joker and revenging his death. Bruce, after Jason’s death just metaphorically shrugged and walked away as he moved on to Tim Drake (No hate towards Tim, love that boy). But when Damian Wayne (Also love that boy), as Robin, died (Issue #8 of Batman, Inc. 2013) Bruce went mental and did nothing but search for a way to bring him back and revenge. Bruce was unwilling to accept the death. The only thing that stopped him from killing Heretic (Damian Wayne’s killer) was his resemblance to Damian. LIKE WHAT THE FUCK. Jason begged his father to revenge him, just once, but Bruce is willing to lose his sanity and entire code of conduct for Damian. Jason, being apart of the batfamily probably watched in absolute horror, as his own father choose his biological son over his adopted son. By now he probably has realized the wrongs in his past concerning trying to force Bruce to kill. Not to deemphasize Jason’s violent story, as he was acting as a sort of villain in the Under The Red Hood arc and forcefully tried to get his father to kill, but in Damian’s case, he would have done it without a second thought. Not only is this a major blow to Jason, but it is a poor representation of families with both biological children and adopted children, or even families with just adopted children, I’m sure. In short, the writers say that Bruce loves his biological son more than his adopted which is UNACCEPTABLE. Despite all of this, the writers did not exhibit how Jason was feeling during said arc which just isn’t fair to the readers OR the actual characters and their dynamic.
Literally everything about Batman is so much better when you think about all the little behind the scenes things that must have happened to make Bruce such a goddamn dad
Like yeah he’s really bad with change and his communication abilities are really lacking due to being extremely heavily isolated and traumatized for the majority of his formative years, but like
I am at least 99% convinced that all the bat-named things like the batmobile, batcomputer, batfridge, etc., were originally normal phrases like ‘the car,’ ‘the computer,’ etc., but then Robin showed up he started calling them bat-things because he was nine, and Batman went along with it.
It’s too late to turn back now. Too late to make excuses to anyone. He’s committed. Nightwing doesn’t say anything. The other Robins have no idea. No one has any idea.
Everyone thinks Batman is legitimately obsessed with bats.
No, he just wanted his cave to be child-friendly, and when it turned out Robin #1 really liked the bat idea and thought it was cool enough that it should be incorporated into everything, Batman fucking incorporated it into everything. He just wanted to make the kid happy, damnit
There are many stories that involve Batman and Catwoman. Some are
phenomenal, others are disappointing. When we think of the best BatCat stories,
one immediately thinks back to Hush, or maybe something from the Bronze Age
like “A Night on the Town’ and I would include Injustice as well (especially
However, there is
one story that always makes me think, “Wow, that might be the best portrayal of
the Batman and Catwoman relationship”. The story is from Batman: Incorporated,
issues # 1 and 2 (November 2010). First off, this story does not have the
greatest plot, it has some decent dialogue and the art work is pretty good in
places. But I believe it captured the BatCat relationship perfectly.
The story begins
with Batman enlisting Catwoman’s help to break into a high security vault in
Japan which is something she is only too happy to do:
retrieving the special diamond from the vault, Bruce and Selina continue with
the primary mission of recruiting Mr. Unknown to Batman Incorporated. At this
stage in their relationship, there are no secret identities and the attraction
is still burning:
Let’s be honest -
we all know exactly what they did before going to work.
The batkids find Bruce’s will one day and read it to see what they’re going to get when he dies. Dick is all “Cool, I get to be Batman again!” Tim is pleased to get the entire Wayne Enterprises corporation. Jason is psyched about getting the entire Justice League, Barbara gets leadership of Batman Incorporated, Cass gets all his trophies and the batcopter, and Damian gets the rest, which would be the manor, any of the other properties Bruce owns, most of his money, etc. And then Stephanie eagerly scans the will for her name, excited to see how much money she’s going to get, when…
“BRUUUUUUCE!!!” She stomps angrily upstairs into Bruce’s study, screaming at the top of her lungs. She marches into the study and slams the door open loudly, Tim at her heels. “I’M NOT IN YOUR WILL????”
Bruce looks up, surprised. “Excuse me?"
Stephanie stomps over, shoving the will in his face and screaming, "I THOUGHT I WAS YOUR HONORARY CHILD!!! I THOUGHT WE WERE FAMILY, AND YOU GO AHEAD AND DISGRACE ME LIKE THIS???"
Tim tries to calm her down. "Stephanie, sweetie, I think you’re overreacting-"
"SHUT UP, TIM, I AM TRYING TO BE ENRAGED RIGHT NOW! AND I SWEAR TO JESUS IF YOU TELL ME I’M OVERREACTING AGAIN I’M GOING TO PUNCH YOU RIGHT IN THE NECK.” She turns back to Bruce. “AND YOU! HOW COULD YOU LEAVE YOUR OWN DAUGHTER OUT OF YOUR WILL???"
Bruce crosses his legs calmly, ignoring Tim’s frantic hand motions behind Steph’s back. "Stephanie, you do realize I’m not your actual father, right?"
"WELL YEAH, BUT I THOUGHT WE HAD A GOOD HONORARY FAMILY THING GOING!! I DATE YOUR SON AND FORCE MYSELF INTO YOUR FAMILY, AND YOU ACT LIKE I ACTUALLY BELONG! THAT’S OUR THING!!!"
Bruce sighs and massages his temples. "Fine fine fine, I’ll put you in the will you little banshee."
”…Wait, seriously? Well that was easy. Okay, I want the Batcave.“
"That goes to Dick."
"Oh. Fine then, I want Alfred."
"He’s a person??"
*huffs* "Well, what can I have then?"
Bruce looks around the study until his eyes land on a lamp in the corner. "Uh… I can give you this lamp, I guess?"
There’s a beat of silence as Steph stares at the lamp before finally grinning and shaking Bruce’s hand. "I’ll take it!"
She happily skips out of the study with Tim in tow, leaving a starstruck Bruce behind them. "And that, Timmy my dear, is how you negotiate. Can’t wait until that old bastard dies and that lamp is mine!"
"Um, Steph, you do know that’s just a dusty $20 lamp he bought on sale from Walmart, right?"