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But what if Bruce gave Cass his mothers old jewelry. Like they’re going to a posh event and Cass doesn’t have any to wear, so he just lets her wear it. And then afterwards when she tries to give it back he tells her to keep it.
"Heirlooms are meant to be passed down, and they suit you infinitely better than they would Dick"
during dick and damian’s time as batman and robin like there’s no way you can convince me that dick didn’t take him up to the top of the penthouse and was like “damian everything the light touches is our kingdom. a king’s time as ruler rises and falls like the sun. one day, damian, the sun will set on my time here, and will rise with you as the new king.”
and damian took these words to heart and engraved them into his psyche and got emotional about them
and like 5 years later when he’s in his mid-teens and hanging out with the titans, they watch the lion king and he’s so furious he literally walks out of the movie and calls dick and is like
THE FUCKING LION KING????????????????????
- Reginald D. Hunter (via honda)
Also he’s turned Gotham into an arena for playing out his own twisted little psychodrama, avenging his parents’ death over and over again, which is why he doesn’t just fucking kill the recurring villains and spare everybody the danger of their continual reappearances.
He’s a big rich man and he doesn’t want to deal with his feelings in any kind of healthy way, so an entire city is vulnerable to terrorist attack on a more or less daily basis for the sake of his sad, creepy power games.
You’re all making very valid socio-economic points
I like Batman anyway
This is the kind of bullshit spewed by dummies who never read Batman comics and never watched Batman: The Animated Series and have never met me.
BASICALLY YOU GUYS ARE ALL STUPID AND DON’T KNOW SHIT ABOUT BATMAN.
First off, Batman fights those would would endanger others. That’s it. The majority of Batman’s villains have amassed criminal fortunes at the cost of innocent lives. Batman doesn’t give a damn about property or social status or even his own inherited wealth (except that it can be used to prevent tragedies like the one that defined his life), he only cares about saving lives. Preventing crime. Capturing criminals.
On top of that, dude is all the time giving criminals second chances. He gets ex-cons and even ex-Arkham patients(!) jobs at his own damn company, geniuses! Yeah, he’s such a Republican. Dude helps fund the police crime lab, manages outreach programs and scholarships, donates to every freaking charity in the city, and STILL spends all his time and money saving your hatin’ ass, because THAT’S WHO HE IS.
Please tell me Bruce Wayne isn’t for higher taxes for after school programs, public housing, and healthcare, all of which reduce crime, because I like arguing with people who don’t know shit. If Batman cared about his money, he’d be running Wayne Enterprises instead of letting his pal Lucius do that stuff. And he sure as heck wouldn’t be funding Batman, Inc. all over the world if it was just about getting his kicks punching poor criminals in the face.
Batman poured his bleeding heart out on the floor before congress to get federal assistance when Gotham needed it.
Batman FREQUENTLY adopts orphans whose parents he couldn’t save or who generally just need his help. (Robinhood is like the Big Brother program, but replace Big with Bat.)
Batman is hardcore BFFs with the biggest liberal softy in the DCU, Superman, whom he respects, both for his work as a superhero AND a member of the fourth estate.
Batman fights rich criminals all the damn time, son. And you know what? If you hench for a homicidal maniac, sometimes you get batarang’d and them’s the breaks. You don’t get to hurt people and get away with it in Gotham City. Not anymore.
Batman doesn’t kill. Batman doesn’t use guns. Batman wants the mentally ill to get help, not be sent to prison. Is it working out great? NOT REALLY, BECAUSE WE ALL WANT MORE ROGUES GALLERY STORIES. Blame the fans for the failure of Arkham, not Batman. Dude’s doing his level best, and it’s a damn sight better than any of you are doing.
But if you’re having trouble getting your head around there being ONE GOOD RICH GUY (and he’s fictional), let me break it down for you:
LEX LUTHOR IS A CONSERVATIVE.
BATMAN IS A LIBERAL.
Dean Trippe drops the damn mic.
And this is the moment I fell in love with Dean Trippe.
So, with all the reading of comics, wiki-walking, and what not I’ve been doing over the last year or so, a thought occurred to me: We call it ‘the Batman Family’… then why is the theme that seems to be talked about the most with Batman ‘vengeance’ and ‘justice’?
Now, a lot of what I’ve see in the pages I’ve been reading, there is a lot of family aspects that do come up, but I’m talking about fan/reviewer/writer thought process here.
What a dead end vengeance and justice are when compared to the greater plot of familial connections. I’m told that the great trinity of Wonder Woman, Superman, and Batman represent truth, hope, and justice respectively. I say no to that.
Truth, Hope, Love.
Think about it for a second. What gets Bruce started on the road to being the Dark Knight? The loss of his parents, the loss of a loving family. He starts his crusade, and along the way, he picks up Dick. A sidekick that becomes more then just a partner, but something of a son in some respects. The same with Barbra as a sort of niece/daughter, then Jason, Tim (eventually in an official capacity even). Cassandra Cain shows up and with Barbra taking her under wing, you get a sort of ‘mother/father’ aspect out of Babs and Bruce. Steph steps up too. Huntress and the rest of the birds of prey as (depending on parts of continuity) literal and extended family. Toss in Damian as an actual heir to the throne of Wayne…
Looking at the history I’ve been combing through and starting to read first hand, I don’t see a story about vengeance. I see a story about how people of different walks of life can come together to help fill the holes left in their hearts and become a family. Not one of blood (mostly) but one of spirit, forged in the same mission: To protect others and keep them from feeling the same pains they feel as much as they can.
There is more to this rant, but it would take a lot of fact checking on what I remember looking up months ago. When I’ve gotten farther in my reading and have done more research, I’ll elaborate on all of this.
Still, in the end I don’t see a story of justice. Not one of Vengeance. Those are starting points, not the whole saga.
Ultimately, I see a story of Love.
Brilliant, perfect, beautiful post. It IS a story of love. I just really wish DC still remembered that.
Whenever Dick is alone and needs to think, he likes to hang upside-down. He doesn't really know why, but it just feels... natural.
I imagine he use to see his father do that. John would hang upside down when the circus was having troubles or he wasn’t inspired enough for a new performance.
Little toddler Dick would wander by his side and roll over, trying to do hand stands because he couldn’t reach the bars. His father would notice him there, struggling to stand up on his head, and laugh before pick him up and hold him upside down with him.
And there they would hang together until Dick started yawning or Mary would come in and tell John not to let the baby hang to long, that could hurt his neck.
When he was older, he learned to hang from the bars and when he was upset, he and his father would hang and pout together.
"Problems can be solved while hanging," his father would tell him, "because we can see things differently. Nothing looks so bad when we’re seeing it upside down, right?"
and Dick kept that advice and that’s why he’s always in deep thought when he hangs upside down
I love this headcanon!
Day Two: Tell us who is your Favorite Male Hero?
Warning: I refuse to accept the New 52 as my universe.
Without any doubt, Dick Grayson. No matter if he goes by Robin, Nightwing or Batman.
Because he’s an acrobat who is only fondly humoring gravity.
Because he proves that tragedies don’t need to define you.
Because he was able to make even Bruce a bit less grimdark.
Because he’s an amazing big brother.
Because he’s an amazing friend.
Because he’s been and/or has led practically every superhero team with great results.
Because when stripped of a superhero identity he said “Fuck that!” and made himself another.
Because when he had to assume someone else’s superhero identity he made that work for him and even made it something more and better than the original owner. (I will forever love Dick!Bats..)
Because he gave a child assassin a chace to become something greater and was able to make him so.
Because he didn’t feel like he was doing enough to fight crime and so became a cop.
Because he didn’t just read Cinderella to his new, illiterate, adopted sister Cassandra: he acted out all the parts.
Because he’s got no fashion sense, bless him.
Because, no matter what fandom tells you, he’s not a manslut but a serial monogamist who really loved his long term girlfriends.
Because he’s able to stay friends with his ex girlfriends and still love them after they broke up.
Because he shouts at Batman. And even occasionally punches him when he’s more of a jerk than usual.
Because he’s unshakeably loyal to Batman eve if he’s a jerk.
Because his mere existence was reason enough for Batman to save the world.
Because fighting 1000 ninjas is just the start of what he’d do for his little brother Tim.
Because after a few months with him, Damian would cut off his mother when she tried to insult him.
Because after saving your life he’d let you hug him for half an hour and not leave until he’s sure you are completely ok.
Really, I could continue but it would probably become embarrassing.
All that and he’s a badass too.
What’s not to love?
(Ok, fine: he’s also got a pretty spectacular ass. I was just trying to be classy here…)
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