It was much better to imagine men in some smoky room somewhere, made mad and cynical by privilege and power, plotting over the brandy.
You had to cling to this sort of image, because if you didn’t then you might have to face the fact that bad things happened because ordinary people, the kind who brushed the dog and told their children bedtime stories, were capable of then going out and doing horrible things to other ordinary people.
I believe you find life such a problem because you believe there are the good people and the bad people. You are wrong, of course. There are, always and only, the bad people, but some of them are on opposite sides.
A wicked man–readers could see he was wicked because it said
he was wicked, right there on the page–built a clock of glass in which he captured Time herself, but things went wrong because there was one part of the clock, a spring, that he couldn’t make out of glass, and it broke under the strain. Time was set free and the man aged ten thousand years in a second and crumbled to dust and–not surprisingly, in Jeremy’s opinion–was never seen again. The story ended with a moral: Large Enterprises Depend upon Small Details. Jeremy couldn’t see why it couldn’t just as well have been It’s Wrong to Trap Non-Existent Women in Clocks, or, It Would Have Worked with a Glass Spring.
How do you think the Batfam would react to Terry McGinnis? (Either in Batman Beyond or discovering Waller's plans and meeting baby Terry)
(I’m going with Batman Beyond Terry)
- They would be a bit weary when they first find out about Waller’s plans because she basically messed around with genetics just to get her own way and it’s totally a breach of privacy and scientific morals
- Terry would be totally psyched to meet all of these legendary people who have dedicated their lives to saving people, but he’s also a bit nervous because what if they’re all as grumpy as Bruce is?
- The kids are definitely happy that Terry is preventing Bruce from going out and trying to fight crime on his own because lord knows that man is too stubborn to give up fighing and that Bruce now has someone to take care of him when they’re unable to
- Jason would definitely appreciate his sarcasm and the fact that he sometimes gives Bruce a hard time because that was his job for the longest time (not that he doesn’t still give Bruce grief)
- Even if Bruce is really gruff and unwelcoming, the rest of the family would totally welcome Terry in and make him as incorporated as possible because he really is a part of the family after everything he’s gone through
If you did it for a good reason, you’d do it for a bad one. You couldn’t say “we’re the good guys” and do bad-guy things. Sometimes the watching watchman inside every good copper’s head could use an extra pair of eyes.