How Is Batman In Blackest Night?

How Is Batman In Blackest Night?

How Does Black Glove Know Bruce is Batman?

Editorial Opinion
By Greenhatter02 - Jul 15, 2009 12:07 PM EST
Filed Under: DC Comics

I am a Marvel reader, through and through. I, personally, like the characters much better, but I have a great respect for DC and the characters that they have put forth. I think Batman is amazing and I like Green Lantern a lot as well. With that being said, I wanted to write something about the Blackest Night, which is captivating comics right now. I turned to my friend Carlos. This is what he has to say about Batman being part of Blackest Night.

"I had originally written an article in regards to Batman being in The Blackest Night, but didn’t get a chance to post it due to circumstances. And after reading Blackest Night numero uno, I know that what I had originally written was 110 % right. Let’s think how incorrect the idea of including him is. First off when the hell did he actually die, let alone which one of his deaths is actually the right one? Who knows that he (Bruce Wayne not Batman in this instance) is dead? I mean if you go off Final Crisis he was shot with Darkseid’s Omega Sanction and was shown as a burnt corpse in the arms of Superman, with the entire caped nation in mourning over the loss of Batman not Bruce Wayne.

How do you even tie in the death of Bruce Wayne, seeing as there is no mention of it anywhere? But at the end of the book it clearly shows a guy with grey tights and black hair laying a utility belt over an old guy’s body. (Mind you this all occurs in the distant past) Who does D.C. think there writing for 5 yr. olds who wouldn’t recognize that it’s really Bruce? (Look at Bruce in Knightfall same type of depiction long hair and stubble) Secondly in Batman R.I.P. which is going on in and after Final Crisis, he is shown being blown up with Doc. Hurt. Again we are left with no real answer. Finally, if he were to be included how in the hell does the Black Glove know that Bruce and Batman are the same person. The Black Rings don’t just find people who have never been identified as heroes. Anyway I’m sure D.C. will answer all my questions in the upcoming months I guess will all just have to wait and see."

- Carlos

I think that Carlos is right, let us hope that DC comes up with the answers to these questions. They seem to be struggling with the idea of killing Batman off even for a short period of time. This is one of my problems with DC, they are so creative and the universe they have created is imprecise, it is hard to follow what is going on. Extremely interesting though. Let me know what you think.

- Aaron


Special thanks to my friend Carlos. Thank you very much for sending your article to me. Keep them coming!
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ThoroughbredSteele0 - 7/15/2009, 12:40 PM
huh, cool article. didn't know there were conflicting stories about batmans death. DC needs to straighten that shit out. don't their writers converse with one another? how did they wind up killing him in two different ways? that kind of crap is why I stick to marvel or other independent publishers like boom studios, dynamite, and image.
DonkeyPuncher - 7/15/2009, 4:56 PM
batman isn't in blackest night because bruce wayne isn't dead like Anil Rickly said he sent to the beginning of time. I got blackest night today and got a cool black lantern ring
JoshWilding - 7/15/2009, 7:00 PM
Captain Americas death and rebirth are way better than this!!
CBMDeadpool - 7/15/2009, 8:29 PM
I reviewed Blackest Night, it's great, I got a cool ring too!
InstigatorGIRL - 7/15/2009, 10:37 PM
YAY! I have been waiting for this series! Yay for the cool ring I am so getting one tomorrow!
Supermike - 7/16/2009, 6:50 AM
Batman(Burce) is on Earth 51 where there no hero's yet the Batman that superman is holding is the Batman from Earth 2
longbowhunter - 7/16/2009, 6:57 AM
I didnt get any damn ring! Anyway it seems like Black Hand has knowledge of heros identities. In Green Lantern #43 he was talking about all the heros who have died and those who have come back. In those panels he used real names.
ironknight27 - 7/16/2009, 10:10 AM
I am still trying to wrap my head around Cap Reborn. I thought it was a cheap way to bring Cap back by having him stranded somewhere in time (sound familiar). I almost hate to say it but Mike might be right. Personally I think that Supes is holding he body of one of the clones of Bruce that they tried to have made. No way in hell the real Bruce would have pulled a gun on Darkseid and shot him for Orion. He didnt even pull the trigger when he thought Alexander Luthor killed Nightwing. Anyway where the hell did you guys get the black lantern ring?!
JoshWilding - 7/16/2009, 1:56 PM
Anil Rickly & ironknight27: i definitely think that Caps death and rebirth are much better especially as Brubake spent 50 issues building up the story and dropping hints! it has really been a 50 issue storyline! batmans death just felt mixed up and lazy!
longbowhunter - 7/16/2009, 3:12 PM
Josh24, I'm with ya on that. Batman's death does feel mixed up and I think Grant Morrison dropped the ball big time. I'd like to read Cap Reborn but I havent followed Brubaker's run. I feel like I'm missing out.
ironknight27 - 7/16/2009, 5:30 PM
I agree joshw24 that at least Brubaker's run has been good and he has built it up to this moment but I think that the lost in time angle is lazy. I am just glad that the are bringing Steve back. Morrison did drop the ball with Batman's supposed death. It didnt even have an impact like Cap's death did. If they were going to "kill" him off they really should have had him bite the dust in RIP but instead dragged it into Final Crisis which to me was also a let down. Honestly though Bruce's death was totally unnecessary. It will be easier for them to bring Bruce back though which in two years will probably happen.
JoshWilding - 7/16/2009, 6:07 PM
longbowhunter: you have definitely missed out on Brubakers run but i fell behind after issue #25 and only a few months ago caught up by buying the graphic novels up to #42 and then i was back to getting the title monthly again. the whole of Brubakers run can be bought in graphic novels but to be honest if you just go to Wikipedia you could probably get a good idea of whats gone on and go from there - Reborn #1 summed up the past issues pretty well so its not too confusing or complex to get into if you havent read the issues before! you should definitely pick up a copy of Reborn #1 though!

ironknight27: i agree, thats just it! Batmans death wasnt at all like Cap's - it wasnt clear where or when he died for a start and for such a big hero like Batman it had no feeling of importance to it whatsoever! i havent liked Morrison since his run on New X-Men so im not suprised he [frick]ed it up to be honest! the whole lost in time angle does seem a little lazy right now but i think its gonna be interestingseeing where it goes from here - those last fewpages with Cap finally returning though were excellent - cant wait until #2!
ironknight27 - 7/16/2009, 6:24 PM
joshw24- Yeah hopefully the story is more fleshed out like why did they need to have him lost in time instead of just killing him. By the way have you read any of the bat books lately. I am personally enjoying them and I like the fact that they are making things difficult for Dick.
DonkeyPuncher - 7/16/2009, 6:45 PM
ironknight27 you get the black lantern ring when you buy blackest night but i think its only for the first day, and i agree with you i think its cool that its hard for Dick to be batman.
SlurpeeGuy - 7/16/2009, 9:58 PM
Since Batman was sent way back in time, and he is only mortal, he would be dead by now. Either that or he found a Lazarus pit and changed his name to Ras al Ghul!

Cap had to be sent back to WWII time to match up with the upcoming movie.
ironknight27 - 7/16/2009, 10:32 PM
DonkeyPuncher- I think its cool that he is going to have to earn the respect of being Batman. I was worried that they were going to automatically have him act like Bruce but he is still acting like himself which is why he is having a hard time.

SlurpeeGuy- That would be an interesting twist but I doubt that would happen. That would mean Bruce had sex with his own daughter, Talia.
DonkeyPuncher - 7/17/2009, 9:14 AM
ironknight27- yeah its like nobody believes he's batman and that is whats getting at him. If your reading batman and robin, red robin, and batman you see that Damian is a real douche bag
ironknight27 - 7/19/2009, 2:51 AM
DonkeyPuncher- I am currently reading all of the Bat-titles besides Detective Comics and yes Damian is a huge douche. I am starting to not like this kid at all. Things will be interesting when Red Hood shows up again.
DonkeyPuncher - 7/19/2009, 7:57 PM
ironknight27- I just want Tim to kick Damian's ass. He was in i think red robin #1 when tim was mad because he wasn't picked as robin

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realfirstavenger - 7/20/2009, 12:35 AM
first off, Black Hand does not know the identity of anyone before Blackest Knight but his connection to death allows him to hear the voices and names of people who have died. Important and powerful people one could assume would draw his attention as they would also make the best black lanterns

second i personally hope batman is not a big part of blackest knight and some of the other characters who have died get center stage like martian manhunter, aquaman, ronnie raymond, elongated man, and many others. i hope batman doesnt take away from all of these characters. plus it is true that technically he is not dead. and also i like the current storylines in Batman, Batman and Robin and Red Robin.

ps: Blackest Knight and the prologue were EPICLY good.
ironknight27 - 7/20/2009, 11:53 AM
DonkeyPuncher- That scene was worth getting the comic. Someone really does need to kick Damian's ass to knock him down a peg.

Anil- I am kind of glad that no one took over the nightwing identity because that leaves it open for Dick to take it back. I know there is a nightwing that is running around in Action Comics but Dick is the only nightwing I will recognize. Dick has been one of my favorite charcters of all time and I am glad he is getting the spotlight. I also wonder who is Black Mask. At first I thought it was Jean-Paul Valley but now I have no idea.
ironknight27 - 7/21/2009, 6:58 PM
I read the new Azrael book and it looks like it has potential but I liked the original more. I like Cassandra as Batgirl and I hope they dont replace her. There is a Blackest Night Batman tie in series that looks promising and I think Dick is going to go up against the zombie versions of his parents. Can't wait.
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