Okay so at the beginning of Joker War, Bruce has lost all of his money. He is broke, penniless(and Pennyworth-less considering Alfred’s in the ground right now), and just all-around has no money left at all. How? Well, long story short Catwoman stole it all because comic book romances can never last, so we needed a reason for them to break up after Tom King spent his entire run getting them together. Because comic books. But regardless of the circumstances surrounding his going broke, and my annoyance at the Joker War as a thing in general because as I’ve made it clear both here and on my twitter, I am very tired of the Joker. Anyway, I think this could be a good chance for Batman for a little while.
Well here’s the thing, you know how Superman can fly, Flash is fast, and Aquaman talks to fish? Batman’s superpower has always been “money”. He can and has used the money to solve a good 99% of his problems, every time. He owns several companies, he can buy any material he needs, hire the best of the best, etc. Now, this isn’t a problem per se, but rather it has been kind of a crutch for the past couple decades Batman has existed. There was one time I can think of where his money and resources weren’t an option, which I will be getting to in a moment. Batman going broke could lead to some fun stories or interesting problems that a billionaire like him has never faced before. Have him work a 9-5 on top of being Batman, Bruce Wayne worrying about making rent for the month is something that hasn’t happened, and I think that could be fun. Plus, I feel like this is the closest thing to a No Man’s Land sequel that could work.
What is No Man’s Land?
Well to make a long, long, LONG story short, No Man’s Land was a story where a massive earthquake hit Gotham and destroyed it. The Batcave was trashed, buildings were in ruins, people were on the streets, Arkham is wide open and all the villains have claimed their territory. This was a major shift in the status quo of pretty much every Bat book DC had going at the time. And the biggest shift for Batman was he had none of his usual resources anymore. No tech, no hacking, no invincible supercars and boats and jets and all that. He worked with what he had that survived the earthquake. This is one of my favorite Batman stories of all time because this was such a different time for Batman in general, and it’s something that can’t be done again(also it was the introduction of the best member of the Batfam Cassandra Cain, but that’s neither here nor there). Batman being resource-less and having to rely on whatever he has on him was a really interesting take to me, and I honestly think that he shouldn’t get his money back by the end of Joker War, because Batman needs a bigger shakeup right now than just “And then the Joker did something really really bad that will change Batman and Gotham forever and ever and ever” and all that because those aren’t funny.
How Long Should It Last?
Personally, I wouldn’t mind at least a year of broke Batman. It’s a Batman book so DC doesn’t have to worry too much about declining sales if it doesn’t pan out the way I hope it does. Obviously, he won’t stay broke forever, this is superhero comics and that big clubhouse satellite in orbit isn’t free. But I feel like a year of being forced to be a regular Joe Schmoe who makes 10 bucks an hour trying to get by, on top of being a Batman who has to recycle batarangs every fight since those things aren’t cheap, could be an interesting status quo for Batman.