Tuesday, January 4, 2011

The Mother%#@&!ing Batman

Ok.. so, I watched " Under the Red Hood" last night...and I came to a conclusion that's been discussed I'm sure, but not by anyone I know. Don't get me wrong, I understand that the timeline of "redhood" is Robin#2 and he's supposed to die, so Bruce is still young & spry... but still....

Batman must be immortal. I mean sure, Darkseid killed him..and now DC is bringing him back.

But before that.. think about it. Let's say Bruce Wayne was 18 when he finished his trainings and started doing the Batman thing. Then let's say he's 23-24 when he takes in Dick Grayson, and trains him to be Robin, and after say, 8 years let's guess (this is all heresay and guessing on my part, so keep your panties untwisted, ok?) Dick goes on to become Nightwing and a year or so passes before Robin2 comes into play. This puts Bruce at roughly 30-35. By the time Robin#3 comes and goes (I think that was the girl-robin..no?) and the other robin steps in.. that's got to be at least another 5 years. ...and now Bruce's son Damien is playing Robin?(granted, with Dick playing Batman, 'cause Bruce is dead, right?..wrong)
Bruce is getting up there. So let's say that by the time Darkseid does him in, Batman's in his mid-50s at best. Now, okay.. the guy's in incredible shape, that, if he was real, would make Bruce Lee look like a pansy.

But man alive... I want to live in comic books. Dead? Just wait for some fresh-blood writer to bring you back. Old age?? Only if someone writes you in as an old-timer doing flashbacks. Continuity?? What the heck is that!?!?

I've read Frank Miller's The Dark Knight Returns (and loved it.. too bad Bruce doesn't do the mustache more often)..this is where you find the girl-robin I mentioned. That, and in ame-comi statuette/maquettes..for roughly 70$ a pop.

Batman. Unkillable. Immortal. One scary 12-letter-word you can accurately call your father but really really shouldn't. (and if you do, and your dad punches you in the face, you deserve it, stupid)

So.. a quick-sketch of Batman on a rooftop corner, looking down at the city.
One, simple colours:

and the Batman nobody wants to run into....

amazing what a lil red-to-the-eyes will do, ehn? ..so amazing all the instant-connections a colour can make.

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