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Few origins are as instantly recognizable as Batman's. Walking out of a movie theatre late at night, Dr. Thomas Wayne, his wife Martha, and son Bruce are suddenly stopped by a mugger. When Thomas makes a move for his wallet the mugger panics and shoots. Thomas gets gunned down and then Martha right in front of an 8 year old Bruce.
It's in this moment that Bruce vows to right the wrongs in Gotham, and strike fear into the hearts of its criminals... he just didn't know it yet. Had Thomas and Martha never been charitable socialites, had they never been gunned down in front of him, had they not left Bruce the fortune required to build an empire and a one man army, then we'd never have The Batman.
It's a very simple origin but one that inspires and emboldens the reader. You instantly root for this character, even with some of his more questionable attributes. The death of the Waynes and the exact course in which it happened completely, and 100% shaped one of the most iconic and lasting characters in the history of comics.l< << PREV 1 of 11 NEXT >>
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