Since his 1939 debut Batman has become many things - a god
tier superhero, a media franchise that exceeds even Bruce Wayne’s wealth, and
one of the planet’s most famous fictional characters. This owes not just to the
iconic character’s inception, but also to the numerous creative teams which
have added to the character’s, and Gotham’s, lore.
However, like many of the
most enduring fictional characters, tragedy is the one constant in the life of
Bruce Wayne - or for that matter anybody who takes up the mantel of Batman. Brooding
tragedy even dogs Batmen residing in alternate universes.
The Golden Age Batman of Earth-Two has been hung, drawn, and
quartered through the Multiverse by the creative directions of some of comic
book’s greatest writers and artists. While the Multiverse, and Dark Multiverse,
sometimes require a detective’s Crazy Wall to keep up, the concept has allowed creatives
to rip apart and reconstruct the Caped Crusader without fundamentally
altering the Bruce Wayne/Batman who has courted fans for over 80 years.
As the popularity of The Batman Who Laughs has proven, there
is significant interest in new and unique spins on the classic character. Here are some of the best of all...