ByKit Simpson Browne, writer at Creators.co
Writer-at-large. Bad jokes aplenty. Can be gently prodded on Twitter at @kitsb1
Kit Simpson Browne

It's a simple and unassailable truth: Batman is defined by his parents' death.

Whether you're talking Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight trilogy, TV's Gotham, the original comic-books, the New 52, or any other version of the Bat-mythos in between, Batman became who he is as a result of that one fundamental, character-defining moment. Like the murder of Spider-Man's uncle Ben, or the destruction of Superman's home planet of Krypton, it is, essentially, what makes him the hero we know and love.

What, though, if that moment had gone very differently?

What if Batman's Parents Had Died in an Entirely Different Way?

After all, had they not been killed by a petty criminal, Bruce Wayne would most likely have never developed his pathological hatred of street-crime, and become the Batman. Without them dying in that exact way, would we have seen a very different superhero?

Well, while aimlessly wandering the internet in search of strange and wonderful superheroic stuff n' junk (wait, does everyone not do that?), I happened upon a terrific comic strip from a year or two back - by Nate Smith, Sam Holmquist and Daniel Irizarri - that might just (hilariously) answer that question...

After all, it asks...

And the answers?

Well, they get a little dark...

No, wait, a whole lot dark...

Though they also present some pretty darned awesome mash-up potential...

And, of course, the most pervasive villain of them all...

Now, anybody else totally willing to crowd-fund a Bat-tain Planet movie? Because I am already down like a (deranged) clown...

What do you think, though? Are there any even funnier Batman comics out there? Are there any origin stories that'd be even more hilarious - or dark and twisted?

via CollegeHumor, Imgur

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