Bruce Wayne, who witnessed the murder of his billionaire parents as a child, swore to avenge their deaths. He trained extensively to achieve mental and physical perfection, mastering martial arts, detective skills, and criminal psychology. Costumed as a bat to prey on criminals' fears, and utilizing a high-tech arsenal, he became the legendary Batman. - ComicVine
Batman is one of the most beloved and influential characters in the DC Universe, probably in the entire comic book industry. He has no superhuman abilities, yet he is considered as one of the most dangerous members in the Justice League. He is one of the most popular icon in modern times and many consider him to be one of the best superheroes. His dominance in Hollywood grew even more after the Dark Knight trilogy and next year, he is about to face Superman in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
Being such a dominant character, it's not surprising that countless versions of the Caped Crusader have appeared. Here are 10 most crazy, ridiculous Batman alternate versions:
What would happen if Kal-El was adopted by the Waynes? This happened in Superman: Speeding Bullets, Thomas and Martha Wayne discover baby Kal-El's rocket ship and adopt him as Bruce Wayne. When he witnesses their death, he becomes Batman when he grows up. He gains an adversary in Lex Luthor, who becomes the Joker when he is disfigured in an accident. Bruce is eventually persuaded by Lois Lane that a more hopeful superhero is needed than his dark, violent Batman persona, giving rise to his new, more heroic identity of Superman.
Talking about bizarre versions of Batman, meet Batzarro. Just as Bizarro has a reversed "S" on his chest, Batzarro has Batman's bat-logo on his chest, but it is upside-down. His Futility Belt houses such useless stuff as chewed bubblegum and cigarette butts. He calls himself the "World's Worst Detective." He was also said to have, opposed to Batman's origin, shot and killed his parents.
James Gordon, Gotham City Police Department detective and grandson of Commissioner James Gordon, who takes on the identity of the Batman to free the city from a sentient computer virus crafted by the Joker, also now long dead, and to avenge the death of his partner Lena Schwartz. He is aided by a self-aware computer called the Batcomp, programmed by the late Bruce Wayne, and a robot called Alfred.
In this version, Batman is a fearsome winged creature who is half man and half beast. He is the child of two sorcerers named Majister and Lilandra who created him in the hopes that he would be able to defeat their greatest enemy, the Dark Joker. His parents were murdered shortly after his own birth, and he grew up in solitude as an untamed monster living in the wilderness and feeding off animals. We also get to see a medieval Jim Gordon as the mayor of a small village terrorized by the Dark Joker.
BLACK LANTERN BATMAN
In Blackest Night, a resurrected Bruce Wayne carries a black ring. A trick of Nekron, perhaps, this Black Lantern version of Batman caused extreme reactions to those heroes closest to him. Rising from the grave of Bruce Wayne, he sought to feed on the emotions of those around him.
Sir William was one of the original Knights of the Round Table. A knight who once fought King Arthur is forced to atone for his sins, seeking justice through an empty suit of armor for all eternity. As a knight who went rogue, William was written out of the every version of the legend of King Arthur from "Le Morte d'Arthur" onwards. And so he remained along for centuries. His armor protects London as Batman, the Dark Knight.
SORCERER KING BATMAN
Sorcerer Kings is a possible future/alternate timeline where Batman and a handful of magic-based heroes fight a Coven of powerful sorcerers who have changed the past. Batman rides a gigantic black dragon named Batwing and battles against evil versions of his former Justice League counterparts.
STAN LEE'S BATMAN
Just Imagine Stan Lee is a comic book published by DC Comics. It was the first work for DC Comics by Stan Lee, co-creator of numerous popular Marvel Comics characters, in which he reimagined several DC superheroes including Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, Aquaman, and The Flash.
Like the original, this Batman has no superpowers. Unlike Bruce Wayne, Wayne Williams is African American, not Caucasian. He is in excellent physical condition, and has a vast personal fortune allowing him access to custom equipment including: night vision lenses, Kevlar costume and sensors to magnify sound and cape-like bat wings to glide. As an inside joke, Stan Lee used Spider Man's origin story for his Batman.
RED RAIN BATMAN
Investigating a series of murders of Gotham's homeless, the victims' throats having been slashed, Batman discovers that the murders are being committed by a family of vampires led by Dracula himself.
To have enough power to defeat Dracula, Batman gains vampire abilities from Tanya. In a fight to death, he eventually defeats Dracula. Filled with blood-lust, Batman goes on to kill every villain in the Batman Universe. Bruce Wayne may be gone, but the Batman, thanks to his vampiric powers, will now go on forever.
What would happen if you combine two bad-ass heroes from different Universes? You get Dark Claw, a fusion of Wolverine and Batman!
After the collapse of Weapon X, Logan traveled the world, mastering 127 different types of armed and un-armed combat, and learned to be brilliant detective. This, combined with his enhanced senses, made him able to hunt down any criminal. On his return to New Gotham, Logan became a wealthy artist. His pieces where composed of feral slashes, and eventually made him millions.
New Gotham was a crime-infested city. It was run by drug lords and pimps, but that changed when Logan Wayne decided to use his mutant gifts to protect the people of New Gotham and punish the criminals. He took the name Dark Claw and donned a black and yellow costume.
However, there are many more bizarre versions of Batman but they felt more predictable compared to these. Anyways, what do you think of this list? Which one is your favorite? Please mention in the comments below!
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