no okay but like
some kid in gotham is just like “hahah what if bruce wayne was batman and that’s why batman’s all “no guns!!” and crap” and made a joke comic about it and incorporates all of batman’s past battles and shiz into the comic and it gains a lot of traction and bruce’s PR team is going fucking nuts because this thing is going out of control and well, frankly, they’re only like 23% convinced that bruce and his gaggle of children aren’t the current masked heroes of gotham
and bruce just
fucking endorses the comic
and his PR team is just having conniptions, bruce, why, no??? we are only like 3% sure you’re not batman, why must you do this??
and then he dumps a whole bunch of money into the comic so it can gain real production and wayne enterprises sells the comics and it’s just
an actual thing in life now. like
he attends the opening premier of the first physical copies being sold decked out in one of those cheap batman halloween costumes from a store. he even?? signs a few copies as “batman” and clark is there for whatever newspaper he writes for and he’s just
bc only bruce could be this fucking extra. and he keeps taking photos of bruce standing in a shitty batman get-up in front of a comic store, talking all bruce-like (which is just very not batman) and sending the photos to the justice league chat.
hal saves the pictures up as his wallpaper.
no one ever takes the whole “bruce wayne is batman” seriously ever again.