The Waynes’ murder didn’t create the Batman (Spoilers ahead)
Promotion for Matt Reeves’ The Batman is going on at full swing, and we just received something new – a novel. The novel becomes the first piece of material that shows just how different the new Batman is going to be. Let’s read in detail.
A new origin (sort of)
It was integral in the Batman Universe for Bruce to become the Dark Knight after the murder of his parents. Numerous comics, cartoons, and all the movies have showed that. However, Reeves has taken a different approach. In the novel, titled Before the Batman: An Original Movie Novel, we see a new story.
The book, written by David Lewman shows Bruce travelling around the world in his teens. In a way to keep his mind busy, he learns numerous science disciplines, and martial arts. Upon his return, Bruce starts building a ’60s or ’70s muscle car. This was among his favourite pet projects. He even went off to the streets to collect random goop and gum to dissect and work on his chemistry expertise. To Alfred’s dismay, he was growing up as a restless and socially awkward person.
Here comes the true reason. Bruce becomes a street racer to satiate his need for speed. In one such race, a fellow racer named Dex crashed. Her car was able to explode, but Bruce saved her in time. This awoke something new – an adrenaline rush. He realized this feeling only comes when he saves people.
Bruce then secretly used his company to attain materials for armour. He also remembered the times he was pulled over by cops as a teen, but was let go. they didn’t want to mess with Gotham’s elite. He understood the corruption that comes with privilege, and wanted to do more for the city.
The last straw was when he caught a mugger in the street, and gave the stolen items back to the owner. But before she could make him out as a celebrity, he vanishes into the night. This gave him the idea to be a vigilante of the night.
In conclusion, the only chance to help people and lead a thrill-seeking like for Bruce was to dress up as a bat.