View Full Version : The 7 Stupidest Attempts to Reinvent Batman

Jon Dahl
11-19-2011, 11:58 AM

There are two kinds of people in this world: People who look at Batman and say, "Yes, Batman, hooray, forever, erection, Batman, badass, terrific!" and people who look at Batman and say, "Yeah, I see what people like about Batman, but wouldn't he be better if I ruined him?"
This article is about that second group.

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This probably happens to Christian Bale all the time. The man's a method acting genius.

Allegory Comics
11-19-2011, 01:20 PM
They usually have great lists, but this one is terrible. First of all, NONE of those were attempts to "reinvent" Batman. They were all Elseworlds stories, except for one which was still an alternate reality; and they were all one-shot looks at a new Batman not like our own. So right away, the list fails.

Some of those Elseworlds stories were pretty lame, I'll admit that. But if they wanted to pick on "Pirate Batman" they could have just as easily pointed to the ridiculously in-continuity Return of Bruce Wayne Pirate Time-Traveling Batman, and picked up Cowboy Batman (instead of Elseworlds Civil War Batman) and Caveman Batman along the way. They could have also featured Jean-Paul Valley "AzBats" as a legitimate choice for this list.

And they can't really take shots at Vampire Batman for gruesomely slaughtering people. He's a vampire! How did they expect him to act? I applaud DC for not pulling punches in that story and giving us a real, violent monster that a vampire should have been. But again, it's just an Elseworld.

If they wanted to point and laugh at the most ridiculous Batman stories and costumes, they should have just flipped through the Silver Age and written a 6-part series of articles about how stupid the character was back then.