Based on @rookrulz’s thread about not having enjoyed the regular Batman series for some time and the comments of how people seem to be getting very tired of Batman being 100% all-knowing and all-seeing every second of every day, this made me think that maybe the Batman comic line should be rebooted.
Think about it. Batman is a crime fighter, first and foremost. Bob Kane and Bill Finger didn’t make him out to be someone who has dozens of contingency plans, safehouses around the world, fleets of vehicles and the like. He’s a human, mortal, man that fights crime to avenge the deaths of his parents and to protect Gotham City as best he can while working with other characters/teams on occassion.
DC likes to say Batman is relatable because he’s human and anyone can push themselves to achieve their goals like Batman does. How relatable is that character when he has evolved into someone who always outthinks everyone, never has an “Oops, I didn’t plan for that.” moment and has an entire Dark Multiverse in his image (this coming from a huge Metal fan BTW)?
I think a reboot of the Batman line would work as follows:
- Scale back the number of titles. The new line would consist of three series: Batman, Detective Comics and The World of Batman.
As always, Batman would showcase his standard superhero adventures while 'Tec showcases the detective side of Batman. Nothing’s broken in that regard, so there’s nothing to fix.
The BIG change is that there are no longer any starring titles for his allies. Everything is condensed into The World of Batman monthly ongoing anthology series which would feature rotating stories starring Batman’s allies helmed by different creative teams. A six issue arc with Red Hood here, a one and done with Robin there, a four issue arc with a team-up of some kind, maybe a back-up feature on occassion, etc.
- Batman would be human again. Sure, he’s still the ultimate human badass who scares the criminal element, but he also smiles from time to time and makes mistakes.
No more “I already thought of that.” contingencies, no more dozens and dozens of vehicles, back-up Batcaves, plans for beating alternate universe versions of himself, etc. That’s all out the window.
When Batman related comics sold over a million copies every month decades and decades ago, it’s because readers enjoyed how Batman scared the criminal element but also because they enjoyed the idea that Batman was a normal, fallable person who achieved greatness because of how he pushed himself. They saw themselves in him.
- There would be no continuity or numbering changes whatsoever. The current volumes of Batman and Detective would just be marked as having new starting points as of fill in the blank number of each series.
The World of Batman (and that’s a working title) would be the only book starting at #1.
So…what do you think? Should the Batman line be rebooted and are the ideas suggested feasible, or do you have a different approach?
Sound off below!