tales from a fangirl
I've had this theory 
25th-Mar-2014 11:05 pm
no other place i'd rather be
I don't spend a lot of time thinking about Batman the character or the universe, but sometimes, when I'm working, my mind wanders to more interesting things.

I imagine that Gotham City and all the incredibly dangerous, sometimes psychotic, criminals that live there are nothing more than the dark parts of Bruce Wayne. I imagine Arkham, or however you spell it, is a cage in his mind and occasionally one of his dark parts escapes and he has to don the persona of Batman to lock them back up again.

Alternately, sometimes I think Bruce Wayne is a broken man sitting in an asylum somewhere and everything that happens in the graphic novels and movies are just fragments of his damaged mind - that the crime he witnessed against his parents tore his psyche apart years ago. Batman, the Joker, all the others, are all him, his mind trying to sort out and make sense of all the rooms in his brain. Yeah, kinda like Buffy in Normal Again.

It's pretty depressing actually.
Comments 
27th-Mar-2014 04:22 am (UTC)
I read a lot of Batman comics and I could actually see this. Bruce Wayne is a FUCKED UP person. Like I cannot stress that enough. He is full on INSANE and I wish I was exaggerating.
28th-Mar-2014 03:29 am (UTC)
It's funny. Considering how much I huggle on my Angel, partly because of his brood and partly because he's deliciously depraved underneath his guilt, Batman has always left me cold. Well, until Batman Begins. I watched that movie a lot, and the more I watched it the more I thought - probably because I've ingested way too much Whedon meta - that Arkham was some metaphor for Bruce Wayne's mind - and the villains that keep escaping are his Issues. So they're him, and when they escape, he has to "be the Batman" - another alt - in order to put those aspects of himself back where they belong. In the madhouse.

I remember thinking during my fifteenth viewing of BB (why can't we just like these things, why must we obsess?) that of course Rachel was so good, so optimistic. Because everyone else was so over-the-top evil, the writers needed that counter-balance. So I decided she was the innocent part of kid!Bruce - the only thing left of his life pre-murder.

It was much more interesting to me than a straight reading of the canon.
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