There are big changes brewing in Gotham, and if Batman wants to save the city from The Joker’s hostile takeover, he may have to try to work with others and maybe, just maybe, learn to lighten up.
Meet Bruce Wayne, aka Batman. He’s got a great life. He’s a billionaire. He’s handsome, he’s strong, he has great cars and gadgets, and he gets to punch bad guys in the face!
Apart from Batman’s superb fighting skills, this story takes a searching look into his personality. Specifically, this lone wolf’s need to work alone and distant himself from everyone to a degree that is starting to make him seem, well, a little bit dysfunctional.
Joining Batman this time is the super-positive and ultra-active young Dick Grayson, on his way to becoming Robin; Batman’s loyal and reserved butler, Alfred; Gotham City’s new police commissioner Barbara Gordon, aka Batgirl, who possesses major girl power; and The Joker, who desperately wants the recognition he deserves.
‘Batman works alone. That’s my motto. Copyright Batman.’
Time and again, this Super Hero swoops in to save the day, free the hostages, disarm the bombs and fight the Gotham City’s enemies. The citizens love him. And he loves that they love him. Then he goes home alone as Bruce Wayne.
Can he actually be happy? Can he still function as a Super Hero but also learn to enjoy himself and learn to work with other people?
‘I have two dads and one of them is Batman!’
He loves life. He’s polite, honest, sweet and very positive, always sees the glass as half-full. This kid will ultimately become Batman’s sidekick – Robin, though we are not sure if Batman really wants his help.
'Do you realise you’ve never once said the words "I hate you, Joker."’
A crazy villain who is always laughing, The Joker lives entirely on his own terms. Feared and famous, he might be thrilled with his life if it were not for one thing: Batman.
After all the years of trying to prove how dangerous and crazy himself is, The Joker just wants a little validation. Is that too much to ask?
'My dream is for the police force to team up with Batman. Wouldn’t that be better?'
Meet the city’s new police commissioner: Barbara Gordon, a powerful combination of brains, beauty and confidence. She has big plans for cleaning up the streets of Gotham.
She wants to work with Batman. Needless to say, this is a radical idea that won’t fly with Batman because, as everyone knows, Batman works alone.
'Sir, it’s time for you to stop this unhealthy behaviour. You can’t spend the rest of your life alone, dressed in black, and staying up all night.'
Butler to the Wayne’s, he is very loyal to his master. It’s Alfred who has made the Wayne Manor a home. It’s Alfred who has been a father figure to Bruce. Now it’s Alfred who must help Batman learn how to be happy and connect with other people.