Due to the nature of Batman and it’s fandom, every single AU has already been made, or thought of, at least once.
Since I’ve recently seen a couple of Western AUs lying around on tumblr, I just wanted to share some of my little headcanons. Because I LOVE westerns. All fandoms require a Mafia AU and a Western AU, and that’s my rule.
First of all, if Robin (Dick Grayson) isn’t of Native American decent in your western au, then I just don’t know what to tell ya. I am mostly aware of Apache tribes, so I’m most inclined to have his father’s origin come from one of them. His mother would be American. He’d be able to speak a range of different languages and would serve as an interpreter (just sometimes, when BatMan just really didn’t know).
I don’t think BatMan would intentionally promote the idea that he has anything to do with bats - in the beginning. I guess it would be just something that caught on because he wore black. THEN, he would adopt the name. His horse’s name is ´Mobile´ and I don’t even care.
Furthermore, Batman would be, originally from a very rich family, but after his parents death all money was lost and frankly he didn’t care. He travelled a lot and tried to get revenge, but he eventually understood that helping people was the real deal.
I don’t see this AU working without the use of guns. It’s the WILD WEST, I think it would be unnecessarily complicated for him not to make use of guns. I don’t think that - in my story - he would hold a grudge against guns. Of course he wouldn’t shoot to kill, he would take criminals to justice.
This needs more notes~! It’s really fun & lovely.