‘Because He’s My Father, You Idiot’ Batman as Literal and Figurative Father Figure to the Dark Age of Comics

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Abstract

Through this paper, the idea of Batman as a literal father to Damian Wayne, and the figurative father to modern comics. The focus will be on how Damian Wayne reflects the darker tone comics took post Dark Knight Returns, and how Batman paved the way for the current state of superhero mainstream storytelling within comics. Damian Wayne’s character at the point of introduction, and during the opening arcs of Batman & Robin, represents the lack of restraint in terms of violence, and the arrogant nature of comics released post 1986. Through the relationship between Batman and Damian, we see the growth of the anger filled, violent character, to a fully fleshed out and realised state. With 2021, we see both the 15th anniversary of Damian Wayne’s introduction into cannon, as well as the 10th anniversary of the New 52 and 35th anniversary of The Dark Knight Returns, making the SUPER V the perfect time to discuss these storylines.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages4
Publication statusUnpublished - 12 Sept 2021
Event5th Global Conference (2021) - https://www.uni-due.de/balc/superhero_five.php, Duisburg, Germany
Duration: 10 Sept 202112 Sept 2021
Conference number: 5

Conference

Conference5th Global Conference (2021)
Country/TerritoryGermany
CityDuisburg
Period10/09/2112/09/21

Keywords

  • Batman
  • DC Comics
  • Comics
  • Comic Books
  • Fatherhood

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