Noticing a Trend—Point One

Young Joker.

Young Joker.

Young Ventriloquist

Young Ventriloquist

Young Poison Ivy

Young Poison Ivy

Young Deadshot

Young Deadshot

Noticing a trend? And each of these origins were revealed in today’s “point one” releases! All the Bat-villains have fucked up childhoods with abusive or horribly murdered parents. Not to mention, we’ve already seen Penguin’s, Emperor Penguin’s, Scarecrow’s, Mad Hatter’s AND Mr. Freeze’s histories with similar brutal/tragic childhoods shown. Now, don’t get me wrong, it seems like the amount of vileness and insanity that the average Bat-villain seems to harbor probably could come from something as deep rooted as a messed up life as a little tot. BUT, C’MON, every single Bat-villain is going to have this type of origin now? Oy.

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UPDATE: We might as well keep track of this, right? Here are the other “tragic childhood origins” for Bat-villains that have been shoved down our throats so far.

Young Emperor Penguin's parents brutally gunned down.

Young Emperor Penguin’s parents brutally gunned down.

Young Mr. Freeze's momma tragically falls through ice to her grisly demise.

Young Mr. Freeze’s momma tragically falls through ice to her grisly demise.

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Young Scarecrow tortured by his sadistic father.

Young Scarecrow tortured by his sadistic father.

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Young Penguin neglected and abused by his parents and his peers.

Young Penguin neglected and abused by his parents and his peers.

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Young Mad Hatter. Nice parents, but unfortunate luck with the ladies. Oh, and severe early onset alopecia, testosterone deficiency, and subsequent addiction to various medications.

Young Mad Hatter. Nice parents, but unfortunate luck with the ladies. Oh, and severe early onset alopecia, testosterone deficiency, and subsequent addiction to various medications.

The trend continues with the “point two” issues…

Young Harley Quinn's dad is a jerk. Okay, so this doesn't seem as bad as the others, but you still get the idea. Psychological abuse suffered as a child.

Young Harley Quinn’s dad is a jerk. Okay, so this doesn’t seem as bad as the others, but you still get the idea. Psychological abuse suffered as a child.

This "point two" issue reminded me that there is a WHOLE ARMY of abused children turned into Bat-Villains: The Court of Owls' Talons!

This “point two” issue reminded me that there is a WHOLE ARMY of abused children turned into Bat-Villains: The Court of Owls’ Talons!

Here's an example of Court abuse/brainwashing of kids from an earlier issue of "Batman: The Dark Knight."

Here’s an example of Court abuse/brainwashing of kids from an earlier issue of “Batman: The Dark Knight.”

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Killer Croc made fun of incessantly by his peers because of his deformity and abused by his auntie.

Killer Croc made fun of incessantly by his peers because of his deformity and abused by his auntie.

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Joker's "Daughter": obsessed with violence, a cutter, a Depeche Mode fan, deformed, and completely misunderstood  by her mentally abusive parents.

Joker’s “Daughter”: obsessed with violence, a cutter, a Depeche Mode fan, deformed, and completely misunderstood by her mentally abusive parents.

Young Bane: Nothing new here, but we are reminded of the fact that he was raised in a prison for his entire youth.

Young Bane: Nothing new here, but we are reminded of the fact that he was raised in a prison for his entire youth.

That’s THIRTEEN major Bat-Family villains (not including the dozens of Talons OR The Heretic, Nobody, OR Massacre)! Am I missing any?

About Collin Colsher

Collin Colsher, the creator of The Real Batman Chronology Project and disCONTINUITY, is a writer, filmmaker, teacher, and comic book historian that currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. He has lectured at various universities, libraries, and book fairs. Collin has also served on the jury for the Lynd Ward Graphic Novel Prize, which is sponsored by the US Library of Congress.
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3 Responses to Noticing a Trend—Point One

  1. Jamison says:

    Oh god… Goodfellas came out in 1990. That means Batman is only 4 years older than me. Look at how little I’ve accomplished.
    It’s really strange for me. Up until now, Batman has always been at least one generation older than me. The new 52 Batman can’t really feel like a father type figure anymore (For me, of course). Does that mean that Dick Grayson is barely of legal drinking age? I’m used to him being my age. This isn’t really a criticism, I just feel weird seeing myself age while these fictional characters get younger.

    As for editorial, I think DiDio made it pretty clear with his comments about the Batwoman controversy that he’s not really interested in any writers personal take on any given character. The whole new 52 initiative might as well be called “Dan Didio does the DC universe.” (Holy Alliteration, Batman!). He’s only really interested in a universe that he thinks is “cool,” which really saddens me. Didio also said something to the effect of, “After the new creative team takes over, Batwoman will be better than it’s ever been.” This rang all too familiar in my ears. Remember in 2007 when Didio was pushing the weekly Countdown series? At the series beginning he proudly announced, “Countdown is 52 done right.” As if anything Didio could possibly conceive of could ever even approach the mastery of Morrison, Waid, Johns and Rucka. The writers of countdown were Dini, Beechen, Palmiotti and a few others who admitted that countdown was almost entirely driven by getting from one editorially mandated plot point to the next. 52 done right? That series was the worst thing to ever come out of that publisher in its 80 year history. Even though I think the new Batwoman creative team is certainly competent, they are going to have a really hard time winning over fans of JH. Especially now that we know from issue 25 on, editorial will have its hooks deep in the Batwoman book.

    All this was not the case in 1987. The writers of this time period seemed to enjoy a degree of creative freedom unheard of at the publisher today. We all snickered at Rob Liefeld for speaking out against DC, but as unpopular of a creator he may be, he was right…

  2. Jamison says:

    Laziness. On the editors and the writers part. When it comes to the stuff that I don’t like about the new 52, I hold out hope for a zero-hour-type event that doesn’t reboot the universe, but provides retcons to fix up some of the wonkier stuff. No matter what someone’s stance on the new 52 is, no matter how bad they believe the current continuity is at the moment, retcons for the retcons are always possible in the future. I’m not a hardcore marvel fan, but I always admired the sliding timeline/retcon system as opposed to the universe reboot system.

    • The nerd in me really really loves the complete overhaul versus the sliding timeline. BUT, the former requires a LOT more attention to detail and a lot more legit caring (yet light-handed) involvement on the editorial end of things. We are seeing exactly how difficuly it really is to pull off, and maybe Didio and Lee aren’t giving what the company needs.

      As far as these “traumatic childhood” origins go, it definitely sends a clear message regarding the new mythos (is “new mythos” an oxymoron?) of the Batverse: All the crazies of Gotham were plagued with a traumatic childhood, which turned them all into insane monsters… except for one.

      Now, I’m not sure that is quite what I want or expect from my Batverse. And that could prove to be problematic down the road. However, I wouldn’t be surprised if it really is just total editorial laziness, which would mean that I’m giving DC too much credit by giving them a deeper meaning to the repetition that we are currently seeing in these origins.

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