This is my first time writing for Moviepilot so please be gentle. Any who, I've recently been playing a lot of Assassin's Creed and with the release of [Batman: Arkham Knight](tag:2683936), I feel this is the perfect time to share a theory I've been mulling over for the past few days.
Now, since you already read the title and have decided to click on it, or you clicked on it by accident and are just about leave after finishing this one sentence, in which case, you are now breathing manually and Sean Bean dies.
Anyway, I feel like the perfect start to this theory would be with DC's Ra's Al Ghul, the immortal assassin who was born sometime in the 14th century to a bunch of desert nomads in ancient Arabia. Ra's was interested in science from an early age and elected to move to the city to further his scientific research eventually discovering the Lazarus Pit and saving the life of a dying prince by lowering him into it. The prince was cured but as mysterious goo found in a desert oft do, it giveth and it taketh away. The prince, (who was already kind of a shitty human being to begin with), got driven completely insane by the pit even though it did cure him so he proceeded to strangle Sora, the wife of Ra's. The king, not believing that his dear, terrible son could possibly have committed the crime, elected to accuse Ra's and put him in a small cage with the corpse of his dead wife (gross) to die a slow, painful and smelly death. Ra's, understandably pissed and super smart (a combination that doesn't work out for anyone), escapes from the cage with the help of the son of an old lady he cured with the pit and using his knowledge of germs, kills the prince, the king, as well as murdering the people in the village with a gang he acquired.
Eventually Ra's Al Ghul meets our brooding detective and wants him to get it on with his daughter so he could become the heir to his throne, you know, family things, but of course is foiled constantly by the batman. He was also responsible for founding the League of Assassins, a group of skilled, well assassins, who's primary goal is making the world peaceful by... killing everyone. Makes sense. With the help of the Lazarus pit, Ra's has more or less stayed the same over the years in terms of appearance but also because of the prolonged effects of the Lazarus Pit, he's a little bit kooky. He can't even remember his age saying he forgot it sometime during the plague. You know THE plague.
Now there already a few connections that can be made with this. Namely, the desert nomads. Now if you know anything about the Assassin's Creed series which I'm hoping you do since I'm already at 500 words and I haven't even started the theory yet, you know that Altair was responsible for the assassins going underground after the death of Al Mualim (uh, spoiler alert). Since the assassin's stronghold was located in Masyaf for many years and Arabia is not that far from the holy land, the assassins that left after the brotherhood went underground could've easily gone south towards Arabia becoming the desert nomads who raised Ra's Al Ghul into the Assassin order. While Ra's might not have been the perfect assassin since burning down a village isn't exactly hiding in plain sight and his brotherhood definitely has pretty bad job security,
he at least manages to use the correct occupation name and at least attempts peace.
The Lazarus Pit could also have been a part of the First Civilization's attempts to survive the oncoming solar flare but could have failed until Ra's Al Ghul's daughter Nyssa figured out the correct composition to make the pit viable without adverse effects.
Now we can talk about how Batman fits into all of this. Now as we all now know, Ra's Al Ghul has tried many times to induct Bruce into the order and if we take Batman Begins into canon (at least the part where he's trained by the League of Assassins), then Batman was in all respects supposed to be part of the Assassin order that Ra's had started but instead went rogue.
This is where it gets interesting. Batman is neither an assassin nor a Templar. Instead he is working by himself, but inadvertently helping the assassins' cause by making Gotham a less corrupt place. Before Batman came onto the scene, Abstergo, (the modern day Templars), basically controlled all of Gotham by buying out all the influential people and making Gotham into the hell hole that it is. With Batman working outside the law, he was basically reducing the Templar influence in Gotham by taking down the corrupt officials. But because of his no killing rule, the actual modern-day assassins don't really want him, as opposed to the League of Assassins who I like to think basically make up their own crazy little cult outside of the actual brotherhood but still pretending to very much be a part of them. Sort of like the Westboro Baptist Church to normal church.
So the assassins basically let Batman do whatever the hell he wants since he's still a (if small) nuisance to the Templar order. Templars in Gotham (someone get on that game now) have tried using influential people like Oswald Cobblepot (Penguin) and Harvey "Two-Face" Dent to try and take down Bats but to no avail. But the biggest threat to Bats is, wait for it... the Joker.
Joker was basically a test subject for the animus who spent way too long in there and got completely, severely messed up. This caused him to lose all memory of his past life and only see Bats as the target, sort of like Clay Kaczmarek (subject 16) except much worse.
This messed up personality was caused by the bleeding effect in the animus which causes him to constantly make up different back stories for himself since even he doesn't know who he is anymore. And all the other villains, well I don't know, maybe someone else will think of something.
So Batman technically qualifies as a rogue, neither an assassin nor a Templar, but rather somewhere on his own doing his own thing. This certainly fits with his "I work alone" personality.
So what do you guys think? Good theory, bad theory? Sound off in the comments below.