Amnesiac Bruce Wayne Finally Remembers He’s Batman Plus the Return of the Joker 7 Months After Endgame

Friday, 11 December 2015 - 6:05PM
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Friday, 11 December 2015 - 6:05PM
Amnesiac Bruce Wayne Finally Remembers He’s Batman Plus the Return of the Joker 7 Months After Endgame
Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo have made quite the name for themselves in the world of comics. Beginning their run on Batman at the beginning of the New 52 over four years ago, they've created an incredible new set of villains with the Court of Owls, epicly rewritten Batman's first days protecting Gotham in Zero Year, and killed off both Bruce Wayne and the Joker in the same issue during one of the biggest events to take place in the Batman Universe in Endgame. Now they've gone and done it again with Superheavy - a tale that not only explores how the city of Gotham steps up to the plate in the absence of the Bat, but also Bruce Wayne's journey back into the role of Dark Knight. Now the story has reached a tipping point, with Bruce finally coming to realize who he used to be before his accident in Batman #47.

For those who may need some refreshing, Batman really did die in Endgame. However, a substance similar to that contained in Ra's al Ghul's Lazarus Pits was nearby, and it essentially kickstarted his brain, reviving him from the dead. However, this process also left Bruce without any memories of his former life. Wanting to give him a shot at a happy life, Alfred and the rest of the family thought it best to keep the secret of the Batman from him.

However, Bruce is still Bruce, and he was bound to find out sometime. Duke Thomas, the main star of We Are Robin and the recipient of Batman's salvation both during the Zero Year and the Endgame event just so happened to help him come to this stunning realization. Frustrated with how everything seems to be going wrong, he confronts Bruce, who has been working at the children's shelter Duke is supposed to be staying in. He forces Bruce to take a look at all of the puzzle pieces that are so evident in his life and admit what's "right in front of [his] face." Bruce, contemplating Duke's words by his lonesome, sits down on a park bench where he gets ready to admit to himself who he is.

When the words are literally on the tip of his tongue, a man comes and asks to sit beside him. Not long after, Bruce mentions to the man that he was in an accident near where they were sitting. To which the visitor replies, "Ha. That's funny…So was I." 

Fans knew he'd be back at some point, but there wasn't much indication that it'd be so soon! Turning the last page and seeing those green eyes was a definite shocker and a fantastic ending to an already great issue of Batman. Apparently Bruce and the Joker will be having a pretty interesting conversation, as Snyder has mentioned that it will play a crucial role in the arc going forward.

There's only a few issues of Superheavy left, so it won't be long until Bruce is back in the cape and cowl. Things will definitely be a lot different than they were before, however, and this new direction may include a new Robin as well. Duke Thomas has been making frequent appearances in the main Batman series for a while now, and as he's also the star of We Are Robin, there's an increasing amount of evidence that he may end up being Batman's new official sidekick. This would make a lot of sense as Damian Wayne, the current Robin, has been doing quite well on his own solo adventures as of late. However, it's still just speculation for now. Yet faithful readers probably won't find it surprising in the least should they hear an announcement about DC's first black Robin sometime in the near future.
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