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RIP: Bruce Wayne?

Is this really the end of Bruce Wayne? After 70 years of donning the Batsuit and fighting crime is crime finally going to have the last laugh?

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(From IMDB News : Death of The Dark Knight? (Monday 24th November 2008)

Batman is set to be killed off after 70 years of crime-fighting - in the comic book which created the cartoon superhero.

Rumours are rife that in the next issue of DC Comics' Batman, published on Thursday, Bruce Wayne will meet a grisly end.

The latest Batman movie, The Dark Knight, starring Christian Bale as Wayne, was a box office smash this year and another film is said to be in the offing - but it appears the comic book equivalent has now run its course.

The Bruce Wayne character is now expected to retire from his duties, perhaps leading to a new Batman or an entirely different superhero to take his place.



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synabetic
Nov. 24th, 2008 08:05 pm (UTC)
If he STAYS dead, that will be a feat.

I mean, they all come back. Even Captain America... just watch his return coincide with the new film.

This will be twice for Batman though, the first time was when his back was broken and he was replaced by BatPunisher Knights Templar Guy.

"Comic book death" gets so, so old. It's one of the main reasons why I usually avoid superhero comics.
davywavy
Nov. 25th, 2008 09:58 am (UTC)
The killed Captain America was a shapechanged Skrull infiltrator - he'll be back long before that.
synabetic
Nov. 25th, 2008 10:02 am (UTC)
Was this something that was just revealed? (I've obviously lost track-- heh)

I mean, Marvel said it wouldn't be a Skrull... it would be pretty lame if the killed Cap was indeed a Skrull.
davywavy
Nov. 25th, 2008 02:21 pm (UTC)
No, I was just making a fairly obvious assumption. I didn't know that Marvey said he wasn't a Skrull!
Okay, he's a clone.
hirudo
Nov. 24th, 2008 08:09 pm (UTC)
Nah.

It's one of the great rules of comic book superheros- no one ever stays dead, especially not the big names.

If he dies and stays dead there will be a small earthquake caused by thousands of comic fans falling off their computer chairs in surprise..........
kittensandsteam
Nov. 24th, 2008 08:21 pm (UTC)
Maybe they're going the Batman of the Future tour. Sort of.
I would like to see Terry McGinnis introduced as the new Batman, and eventually without Bruce Wayne there to support him.
jkahane
Nov. 24th, 2008 08:35 pm (UTC)
When it comes right down to it, DC Comics has killed off the Triumvirate to relaunch them in a new way... Wonder Woman died in the original Crisis on Infinite Earths and was brought back and re-launched under the wings of George Perez. Superman was the same in the aftermath of the original Crisis, and brought back with John Byrne, and he was killed off by Doomsday and brought back. Now it's Batman's turn. That's all this is going to be.

I'm more upset over the cancellation of Legion of Super-Heroes during its 50th Anniversary! :(
bob_goat
Nov. 25th, 2008 01:11 am (UTC)
He can't die... We all know he retires, grows a Tom Selleck mustache, drives race cars, comes back, strikes up a somewhat awkward relationship with a young girl, kills the joker, beats the shit out of Superman, fakes his death, retires with a bunch of young boys and the young girl he has an awkward relationship with, comes back again to rescue a bunch of silver age heroes to fight Lex Luthor and Braniac (cause that makes sense)...

No. Wait. He retires and wears a strange exo-skeleton, works with Luthor and all the normal villains to take down Superman and the other super-heroes, but only he is a good guy infiltrating the bad guys and doesn't want to fuck up Superman, and uses robot Bat-men to fight bad guys, which are eventually converted in red cross Bat-men.... huh?

I've come to the conclusion there are really only a handful of good Batman comics and the best of them have no affiliation with the bat family or Superman or any other member of the rest of the DCU...
zencadet
Nov. 25th, 2008 01:41 pm (UTC)
Is this going to be another "Death of Superman" publicity ruse? Incidentally, while I'm not normally a follower of Superman (yawn! He's indestructible except against (yawn!) kryptonite) I rate the death and return books as follows:

Death of Superman - Droll and tedious. I read a better hypothetical Death of Superman back in the '70s which actually involved Lex Luthor deviously tricking Superman in the resolve we all wanted to see. Not just the longest most laborious slugfest nobody wanted to see.

Funeral for a Friend - Pass me the cyanide capsules. Where the hell are the cyanide capsules!? What do you mean we've run out? Get me more!! No, really. It's atrocious. The only unfortunate bit is that in between all the drawn out empty wallowing are some important plot points that set up:

The Return of Superman - Which is one of the best and genuinely awesome comic-book stories I've read in so long (if I ignore all the universe history that I haven't been following and therefore confuses me - like the bit about Lex Luthor being dead but not dead as his brain was transplanted to his "son" and everyone thinks he's a good guy and he appears to be dating Supergirl - huh!?). The story is filled with genuine mystery and some real world-shaking plot twists. It's also the storyline that gave birth to Steel who is a great character!

Now, it's possible (and I hope it's true) that this will be the case with Batman because he's simply too good a character to kill off and it makes no business sense what with the films likely stirring up interest amongst new-blood comic-book fans.
lawbag
Nov. 25th, 2008 04:37 pm (UTC)
IT COULD BE A REBOOT LIKE WHAT MARVEL DOES EVERY ECLIPSE
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