DC comics have a tendency to reconfigure and erase their history and continuity to make room for more modern versions of the heroes fans have come to love. Sometimes these changes have created more problems, and they have often solved problems that had started years before.
And with Dark Nights: Death Metal, DC is now in a new era where anything is possible because everything is considered canon again. When it comes to Batman and his decades-long history, what does this mean for story arcs and comics that are best left erased and buried? Here are 10 that should remain non-canon to your original stories.
10 Batman / Catwoman: Trail of the Gun – Batman doesn’t seem to hate guns as much as he thinks
Though technically more of a Catwoman story, Ann Nocenti and Ethan Van Sciver’s Batman / Catwoman: Trail of the Gun is a two-issue limited series that dives into the gun control debate. The artwork is very squeaky, and the dialogue is hard to take seriously, as Catwoman suddenly goes pro-gun and needs a « smart gun that never fails. » Everyone knows Batman hates guns with a passion, but having him argue with Catwoman about the smart gun requires a lot of suspension of belief.
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9 Jason Todd Pre-Crisis – Jason Todd and Dick Grayson have the same tragic story
Before Crisis on Infinite Earths, Batman’s second Robin had come into his life a couple of years earlier in Gerry Conway, Don Newton and Alfredo Alcalá’s Batman # 357, where Jason, a young acrobat, is orphaned after death. of his acrobatic parents. If this sounds strangely familiar to another partner’s origin story, know that it was intentional, as Jason Todd’s story was written almost exactly like Dick Grayson’s. Thankfully Jason got a better origin after Crisis, but it’s embarrassing that DC is allowing this to be canon once again.
8 Talia Al Ghul and Jason Todd – Talia Al Ghul and Jason Todd sleep together
In the 2010-2011 comic book limited series, Red Hood: The Lost Days, readers were able to see exactly what happened when Jason Todd went from corpse to Red Hood. Two important factors were involved in this resurrection: a punch that broke reality by Superboy-Prime and Talia Al Ghul, which restored him to health. In the previous comics, Talia had kissed Jason – who was a teenager – before sending him away, but in Lost Days it was revealed that they both slept.
7 The Dark Knight Strikes Again – Character personalities vary drastically
Frank Miller changed the Batman game with his story arc Batman: Year One and the futuristic comic book miniseries The Dark Knight Returns, but sadly, the sequel to the latter leaves much to be desired.
The Dark Knight Strikes Again not only had some strange and puzzling illustrations, but it also had a plot full of strange decisions. The most egregious narrative decisions may be the denigration of Dick Grayson’s character and Miller’s Batman refusing to help people in need after a monster attack.
6 Batman: Odyssey – It’s a nonsensical story with many oddities
The thing about the Batman: Odyssey limited series is that it’s one of the craziest Batman titles ever released. To say that it is laughable would be an understatement. If you’ve ever wondered what a story in which Batman was a modern Odysseus would be like, picture yourself in your mind and enjoy the meaning it makes, because that’s not what is put on the pages. It’s cool to see Batman riding a T-Rex, but rare to see him audibly enjoying himself.
5 Batman: Fortunate Son – Batman has no fondness for Heavy Metal and thinks it is the root of all evil
Ironically, there is a Batman comic series that pays homage to death and heavy metal by making Batman think the genre is bad. Gerard Jones and Gene Ha’s 1999 one-shot Batman: Fort unate Son is based on the far-fetched idea that Batman not only dislikes rock, but also believes it turns people into criminals. Fortunate Son does nothing more than make Batman look like a square.
4 Knightquest: The Quest – The comic is full of strange coherence and plot points
As Jean-Paul became the new Batman in Knightquest: The Crusade, Bruce Wayne and Alfred Pennyworth traveled the world in search of Jack Drake, Tim Drake’s ailing father, and Shondra Kinsolving, a woman with healing powers from whom they Bruce has fallen in love. Although the story explains exactly why the two men are away from Gothom, their journey is filled with some wild events, such as Shondra being traumatized to the point of going back to childhood, mentally. There’s a reason this story arc is often forgotten.
3 Batgirl’s Pregnancy – Bruce Wayne and Barbara Gordon have an affair and she miscarries
When everything became canon after Dark Nights: Death Metal, no asterisks were given to the exclusions, meaning that even comics based on Batman: The Animated Series and the DCAU are most likely canon.
Unfortunately, this means that it is canon that Bruce Wayne hooked up with Barbara Gordon, even though he suffers a miscarriage in the end. The comic primarily annoys fans for how it affected Bruce’s relationship with Dick Grayson.
2 Batman: The Widening Gyre – Batman gets it wrong and the self-references are pretty annoying
While Batman fan and film director Kevin Smith’s take on the Dark Knight in Batman: Cacophony was passable, its sequel was not well received. Featuring art by Walt Flanagan and Art Thibert, Smith’s Batman: The Widening Gyre is filled with dialogue that pertains to View’s Askew universe and not Batman’s DC universe. However, the constant self-references are nothing compared to the fact that Batman is tremendously paranoid and attacks his fiancée to get her DNA because he thought she was an android.
1 All-Star Batman and Robin, The Boy Wonder – Batman is a parody of himself in this anger-inducing comic
Perhaps the most controversial and universally hated of all Batman comics, not even Jim Lee’s impeccable artistry could save what Frank Miller had created in All-Star Batman and Robin, The Boy Wonder. The story tells of how Batman recruited / kidnapped his first Robin, but it also turns Batman into a complete parody of himself. With offensive language, ridiculous grit, a chilling sexual encounter with the Black Canary, and the misandric rage of Wonder Woman, this Batman had better remain non-canon.