Bruce Wayne Clones Himself in Preview for Batman: Futures End No. 1

Thursday, 11 September 2014 - 3:11PM
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Thursday, 11 September 2014 - 3:11PM
Bruce Wayne Clones Himself in Preview for Batman: Futures End No. 1

"Gotham must always have Batman. No matter what happens to me. Always."

 

DC Comics's Batman: Futures End No. 1 takes Bruce Wayne five years into the future, when his body is falling apart and he's contemplating the continuation of the never-ending fight for justice in his absence. In a tie-in with Detective No. 27, in which we find out that Gotham is defended by a plethora of Batman clones, Bruce Wayne manages to clone himself for the first time ever.

 

In the first panel, Batman expresses his frustration that his clone does not seem to be viable:

 

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The second reveals Lex Luthor as the main antagonist:

 

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According to writer Ray Fawkes, Luthor was chosen as the primary villain in order to inject some levity into the otherwise bleak proceedings: "I knew Lex's smarminess - he really believes that he can outthink anyone - would lead to his taunting Batman. I tried to put in as much arrogance and cruelty as possible and really turn him into a funny guy. I was aware how heavy the subject matter is - we're talking about Bruce really contemplating his own death and how he can keep his war going beyond that - and I knew that if I didn't throw in something that wasn't a little lighter, it would feel too heavy."

 

In the final panel, Bruce discovers that his clone is, in fact, viable, and brushes off Alfred's predictably strenuous objections:

 

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Fawkes joked that he "wanted to make it a sci-fi story because we had the word 'future' in the title," and discusses the book's sci-fi leanings: "I knew the story was going to be about Bruce facing off against Lex Luthor, and the amount of technology these two guys have been throwing into the mix for the last five years, it's going to feel like something most people on the street would say is outside the realms of possibility. For these two guys, though, it's part of their every day.

 

"It's the result of taking a look at everything we could, and saying 'What about this?' We had a lot of, 'I want to throw in this piece of tech Batman stole from Barry Allen,' and so on. I tried to absorb everything that's been established about Batman - and everything that's been established about his future - and tie it into one package."

 

Batman: Futures End No. 1 is available in comic book stores now.

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