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Mark Newton

Monday night's Gotham once again showed us how a young Bruce Wayne would later grow up to have a relatively unhealthy fascination with bats and punching goons in the face.

As we all know, Bruce becomes Batman after suffering the trauma of seeing his parents gunned down in an alleyway robbery. However, because there are simply so many incarnations of the Batman story, it's a horrible crime we've had to watch time after time.

Due to this, Vulture has taken it upon themselves to show us every Thomas and Martha Wayne death scene in one supercut video. It includes scenes from Batman, Batman: The Brave and The Bold, Batman Begins, Super Friends, Gotham, Batman: Year One, The Dark Knight Returns, Gotham Knight, and Arkham Origins. Check it out below:

As you can see in the video above, the manner in which Batman's parent's deaths have been portrayed has changed pretty drastically over the years - from the extremely campy version in Super Friends, to it's much darker iterations in Gotham Knight and The Dark Knight Returns.

However, despite this, all nine versions still contain the same basic elements: the Wayne's walk out a movie or theater show - usually The Mark of Zorro - only to be accosted by a thug who demands money and then Martha's necklace. We know how the rest goes...

I'm sure we all have a preference, but here are my three favorites, and why.

Arkham Origins

Perhaps my favorite is the simplest, shortest and most recent. By the time the Arkham Origins video game released, everyone was already familiar with the background story of how Bruce Wayne became Batman. So instead of going through it all again, they released a simple promo which showed the growth of Bruce Wayne from that fateful day to his final incarnation. Check it out again below:

Batman: Year One

As an adaptation of a graphic novel, the film version of Batman: Year One was always going to pay homage to the original medium. This is perhaps most clearly shown in the Waynes' death scene from the animated feature. Each frame from the scene could have been a panel from a graphic novel, while the final pan out is indeed an almost direct remake of a panel from the comic.

The panel from Batman: Year One.
The panel from Batman: Year One.

Batman Begins

Christopher Nolan does things slightly differently in his portrayal of the Waynes' death scene. Firstly (and not shown in the above supercut), the Waynes are actually coming from an opera performance and not the cinema or theater. This might seem like a simple change, but in reality it hints at the darker and more macabre tone his version of the story will take.

Furthermore, many of the opera performers' costumes also seem to reference those of Batman and bats. In this way Nolan's scene combines two of the important formative experiences of Bruce Wayne - his fear of bats and his parents death - into one easily digestible scene. Watch it again below:

The Watchmen Do Things Differently

There is also one other portrayal of the famous scene which does things slightly differently. Zack Snyder's The Watchmen contained a little hidden Easter Egg which showed Nite Owl actually saving the Waynes from their attacker, therefore explaining why there is no Batman in The Watchmen universe. Notice the name 'Gotham' on the newspaper headlines, the Bat-Man posters and Martha with her pearl necklace.

Do you think Zack Snyder will once again show the actual scene in his upcoming [Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice](movie:711870), or do you think we've seen it enough times already?


Which is your favorite Wayne death scene?



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