Being haunted by one's past is a staple for superheroes. Wolverine. The Punisher. Spider-Man. And of course, who could forget Batman?
As you have seen in about 16 Batman movies, Bruce Wayne's parents were shot dead before him when he was only a child. Rather than letting the tragedy consume him, this random act of crime inspired him to become the Dark Knight, and protect Gotham City from those who would wish it harm.
Although the Dark Knight tries to move on, the past always finds a way to catch up with him. Over the years, his crusade against crime has been repeatedly interrupted by old enemies and supposed dead friends.
Because supervillains know they can't beat him in a fair fight, they tend to use psychological warfare against the Caped Crusader, tormenting him with mind games that revolve around his family and childhood. Even though Batman is defined by his inability to let the past die, it's still disturbing watching his enemies use it against him.
He may be the world's greatest detective and one of the most beloved superheroes, but there is no question that Bats is still haunted by tragedy.
James Egan has written 80 books including
1000 Facts about Superheroes Vol. 1-3
1000 Facts about Supervillains Vol. 1-3
1000 Facts about The Greatest Films Ever Made Vol. 1-3
1000 Facts about Video Games Vol. 1-3
1000 Facts about TV Shows Vol. 1-3
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