“No, Batman… I thought I hated him for… for what he did… but I don’t. I just kinda pity him… and in a way, that's worse.“
This is just… a hugely important issue for Jason and, again, it just kills me that we don’t see more repercussions of this or even acknowledgements of it in later additions to his character. Because I read this as being huge – really, Two-Face probably has more impact on any of the members of the Bat Family than any other villain and yet it really feels like he receives the least concentration from the fandom. Most of the fandom focuses on his interesting relationship with Bruce and tends to kind of just forget how that ripple effects every other member of the family.
It’s a huge deal and I wish it got more emphasis – especially for Jason, because you really see more of his developing morals through this story than anywhere else prior to the incident with Felipe.
With a run on Detective Comics in the late ’80s that includes some of the best Batman stories of all time and other work that includes Son of the Demon and the co-creation of Batman and the Outsiders, it’s no exaggeration to say that Mike W. Barr is one of my all-time favorite writers. Recently, he returned to Batman alongside artist Tom Lyle for a three-part tale of Batman, Robin and deathtraps in DC’s digital-first Legends of the Dark Knight, and ComicsAlliance decided to mark the occasion with an extended interview about his long history with Batman.
Today, in part one of the interview, Barr discusses Son of the Demon, the importance of Robin, and his views on whether or not the Batman should kill his enemies.
It’s become rather popular in many parts of fandom to decry the unfeeling beast that Batman’s (d)evolved to in Frank Miller’s wake, but as late, I’ve started to realize things were never that simple. Miller’s Batman is cold, yes, and very cruel indeed, but the Batman of prior ages has a meanness to him that’s chilling on a whole different level. It certainly wasn’t Miller’s Batman, after all, who laughed in a Mohican Chief’s face about all that wonderful land his ancestors stole.