Articles by " JD Vizza"
19 Feb
2017

Son of a Bat: The Story of Damian Wayne

Not every super­hero is lucky enough to have a fam­i­ly. In fact, it’s often the lack of loved ones that pro­pels a “Mask” into the bat­tle, as it were, and what push­es them to keep search­ing for jus­tice.

We know Bruce Wayne lost his par­ents at a very young age due to vio­lence, and Bat­man has nev­er been one to show much emo­tion. He’s reserved and qui­et when it comes to his feel­ings on…feelings. How­ev­er, every now and again we get a peek into the soft­er side of the Bat. Espe­cial­ly when it comes to his son, Dami­an.

There’s a father-son bond between the­se two that isn’t often seen in the many worlds of comics. Bruce was unaware of his son’s exis­tence; Damien was brought up by Tal­ia al Ghul and trained by the League of Assas­sins to be able to destroy Bat­man. The plans went awry and Dami­an end­ed up being adopt­ed by Bruce and trained as his next Robin. Bruce wor­ries about his son in the way only a man who has lost his whole fam­i­ly can, and vice ver­sa. They keep each oth­er in line. It can be quite dra­mat­ic and even adorable to see their inter­ac­tions togeth­er.

But where Bruce is very strict and straight-laced, Dami­an is easy-going and loves to laugh. Damian’s sassy atti­tude is quite amus­ing and his rule-break­ing can often get him into trou­ble with Bruce and the oth­er mem­bers of the Bat-fam­i­ly. There was always a con­flict with­in Dami­an that had him, on one hand, look­ing to Bat­man as his father and men­tor, but on the oth­er hand, look­ing to his grand­fa­ther Ra’s al Ghul (the Demon’s head) as an influ­ence. It’s all too easy to kill your ene­mies and walk away. Dami­an strug­gles with his inner demons on a dai­ly basis.

Because Dami­an has cho­sen to stay with Bruce and cho­sen the path of not killing, Tal­ia and Ra’s want revenge. They feel that he has betrayed the fam­i­ly and all of their teach­ings, so they set out to assas­si­nate him and to hurt Bruce in one ter­ri­ble moment.

The assas­si­na­tion plot a suc­cess, Damien is killed, but as long as the Mul­ti­verse flour­ish­es and the Lazares Pits boil, all is not lost…