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Bat-ernal Instincts: 15 Times Batman Was The Father

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Bat-ernal Instincts: 15 Times Batman Was The Father

Right from his earliest appearances, Bruce Wayne was depicted a rich playboy. It was a main aspect of his persona to help hide the fact that he was secretly fighting crime as Batman. However, despite having a pair of fiancees in the early years, Batman then spent most of the 1940s as very much a bachelor. Even when he gained a Lois Lane-esque supporting cast member, Vicki Vale, her attempts to uncover his secret identity never seemed all that romantic.

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It was only in the 1950s, when DC (worried about Batman seeming “too gay”) created Batwoman, that Batman’s love life became a topic of conversation again. Beginning in the 1970s, with the debut of the “hairy-chested love god” version of Batman, the hero has loved a whole lot of women and as a result, in various comic books within various realities, Batman has piled up a lot of children over the years. Here are 15 examples of Batman becoming not just a Dark Knight avengers… but also a baby-daddy.

15. HUNTRESS (HELENA WAYNE)

During the Silver Age, DC introduced multiple versions of the Earth. This was mostly designed to explain how there were two versions of the Flash, two version of the Green Lantern, etc. So the reveal was that there was one world for the original DC heroes and one world for the current DC heroes (Earth 2 and Earth 1, respectively). On Earth 2, the older versions of Batman and Catwoman ended up getting married and having a daughter, Helena.

When Catwoman is framed for murder to cause her to commit one last crime (and is then killed while refusing to go along with murder), her daughter Helena becomes the Huntress to hunt down her mother’s killer. After Crisis on Infinite Earths, there was no more Earth 2, so now Huntress was a mob princess, Helena Bertinelli. More recently, Earth 2 (and Helena Wayne) has returned.

14. ROBIN (DAMIAN WAYNE)

In “Batman and Son,” writer Grant Morrison changed the Bat-universe forever by introducing Damian Wayne, a bio-engineered son using the genetic soup of Batman and Talia Al-Ghul. Batman’s “DNA” was collected the old fashioned way, but then the child was developed in a test tube so that it could be artificially aged.

Damian was trained by the League of Assassins and tried to prove himself to be a worthy partner of his father by murdering one of Batman’s lesser-known rogues. Batman, instead, taught him that there was a better way than being an assassin. After Batman was seemingly killed, Dick Grayson took over as the new Batman and he took Damian on as a partner as the new Robin. Damian has been Robin ever since, still trying to find the perfect balance between his Wayne and Al Ghul heritages.

13. ROBIN II (BRUCE WAYNE JR.)

During the 1950s and 1960s, DC Comics perfected what was called “Imaginary Stories,” namely stories that took place outside of the regular continuity of the comic book series. In these stories, anything could happen, including the lead characters being killed. It was a bit of a slow process, though, introducing fans to the concept of a story that was just imaginary without any other set-up, so the earliest versions of these stories had other explanations (like they were a dream, for example).

One of the most notable Batman imaginary stories used the idea of Alfred writing a fictionalized future for Batman and Robin where the caped crusader married Batwoman and had a son, Bruce Wayne Jr., who became Robin II to Dick Grayson’s Batman II. Ayes, they all wore the roman numeral for two on their chests.

12. BATMAN BEYOND

One of the most disturbing instances where Batman impregnated someone came in Batman Beyond, because Batman did not even know that Terry McGinnis was his son! You see, Amanda Waller was the government liaison to the Justice League and she grew to admire Batman so much that she was intent that a man like him couldn’t just stop existing. So she found a couple with similar DNA to the Wayne family, Warren and Mary McGinnis, and then gave Warren a “flu shot” that actually overrode Warren’s DNA and replaced it with Bruce Wayne’s.

Waller next planned to have Warren and Mary murdered to help young Terry become just like Batman, but she ultimately realized that was insane. So, Warren and Mary had another son, Max, who is also technically Bruce Wayne’s son. Then Warren was killed anyway and Terry ended up becoming the new Batman.

11. BATMAN JR. (BRUCE WAYNE JR.)

In an imaginary story in Superman’s Girl Friend, Lois Lane #89 (by Leo Dorfman, Curt Swan and Mike Esposito), Lois Lane finally gets over her obsession with Superman when she goes out on a date with Bruce Wayne and ends up actually falling in love with him. They pursue a relationship and ultimately get married, with Superman right by their side (albeit, moping over the “loss” of Lois). After their marriage, Bruce revealed that he was secretly Batman!

They then had a child, Bruce Wayne Jr., who Batman and Robin then trained as the next Batman, calling him Batman Jr. for now. During this period, Lois Lane almost gave away Bruce’s secret identity, leading Superman to note that they’ll always have to worry about Lois being in danger due to her marriage to Batman (sounds like a case of sour grapes, right?).

10. BRANE

This one is a bit tricky, since we never actually get to see Bruce Wayne actually have a kid, but implicitly, he obviously did. Why? Because in Batman #26’s “In the Year 3000!” (by Joseph Greene and Dick Sprang), we meet two Earth men who are slaves to the Saturnian warlords that have taken over Earth in the future.

Inspired by historical records of the Revolutionary War and Batman and Robin, Brane and Ricky decide to become the new Batman and Robin and they successfully revolt and win Earth’s freedom from Saturn. In the end, Brane reveals that “Brane” is, in effect, a nickname (a little more than just a nickname, but you get the idea) and he is actually Bruce Wayne XX! So obviously, Bruce Wayne had kids along the way.

9. BATMAN III (BRUCE WAYNE JR.)

Superman and Batman: Generations was an epic series of miniseries by John Byrne that began in 1999, with a four-issue series showing Batman and Superman as they aged from 1939 to 1999 (and then all the way to 2919). The idea was to show them age in real time, as their children and their children’s children begin to take on roles in their adventures (with Byrne evoking the styles of each new decade to fit the stories).

Bruce Wayne Jr., for instance, becomes the third man to be known as Batman and he comes of age in the 1980s and 1990s, when superheroes are getting darker and darker; thus, his version of Batman is a futuristic armored version of the hero. Amusingly, the original Batman, Bruce Wayne, ends up becoming immortal so he gets to see everything that happens.

8. IBN AL XU’FFASCH

Introduced in Alex Ross and Mark Waid’s Kingdom Come, Ibn al Xu’ffasch is the adult son of Bruce Wayne and Talia Al Ghul. The man known as al Xu’ffasch (the name, Ibn al Xu’ffasch, translates into Arabic as literally “son of the bat”) inherited Ra’s Al Ghul’s criminal empire when he became an adult and Lex Luthor seemingly secured his assistance on his panel of anti-metahumans.

However, it turned out that al Xu’ffasch was secretly working with his father the whole time. He had taken Ra’s Al Ghul’s empire and turned it into a force for good, only agreeing to work with Luthor so that he could get undercover details to his father to strike against Lex. Ibn al Xu’ffasch married Nightstar, the daughter of Dick Grayson and Starfire.

7. THE SUPER-SONS

In 1973’s World’s Finest Comics #213, Bob Haney and Dick Dillin introduced two of the odder creations of the early 1970s, namely the Super Sons. The Super Sons were Superman Jr. and Batman Jr., sons of Superman and Batman and two mystery mothers (their mothers’ faces were always obscured). The idea of the series is that it was set in the present day and the Super Sons broke from their fathers to live their own lives and seeing the country.

They really stood out because Haney tried so hard to make them seem “hip” characters while instead often making them just seem like caricatures of youth-based properties. Years later, Denny O’Neil would reveal that the Super Sons were actually an elaborate computer simulation created by Batman and Superman… for kicks, we guess?

6. TALLANT WAYNE

In 1995, Batman received his first major costume change in over three decades (when he gained the yellow oval behind the bat on his chest — do note, though, that Batman’s costume went through a number of subtle changes throughout the years, with the blue in the costume becoming darker, the cape getting longer, etc. Those were more artistic style choices than outright changes to the costume, though). Many artists had submitted possible designs for the new costume, so DC decided to work the unused designs into a comic book!

Batman: Brotherhood of the Bat (written by Doug Moench with art by all the artists then working on Bat-related titles) saw Ra’s Al-Ghul seemingly take over the world, kill Bruce Wayne and police Gotham City with an army of Batmen called the Brotherhood of the Bat. Talia and Bruce’s son, Tallant, though, is trained by his mother to take down Ra’s!

5. SON OF THE DEMON

This is another tricky one, but hear us out. Everyone knows by now that Damian Wayne is the son of Bruce Wayne and Talia Al Ghul, and people often look to the graphic novel, Batman: Son of the Demon (by Mike W. Barr and Jerry Bingham) for the origin of Damian. However, the facts really don’t support that.

Yes, Batman and Talia have a child in the story (they get married as Batman teams up with the Al Ghuls to take down one of Ra’s Al Ghul’s former lieutenants), with Talia ultimately faking a miscarriage so that Batman would stop concentrating on her and their future instead of the mission at hand (she then annuls their marriage). At the end, though, we see that the baby survived and was put up for adoption. As you can see, that’s clearly a different story that Damian’s origins.

4. BRENNA WAYNE

Batman: Dark Knight Dynasty was a bold graphic novel by Mike W. Barr that told the thousand year rivalry between the Wayne family and the immortal Vandal Savage. During the Crusades (part 1 of the story, Joshua Wainwright fights Savage and creates a unique suit of armor to do so). Years later, in the 20th Century (part 2 of the story), when Savage murders his parents, Bruce Wayne (then just recently married to Julia Madison) takes on the armor to become Batman to stop Savage. He fails to do so, just like all the Waynes before him.

In the 24th Century, though (part 3 of the story), Brenna Wayne manages to finally find a way to stop the immortal Savage. Each chapter was drawn by a different art team. Scott Hampton drew Part 1, Gary Frank and Cam Smith drew Part 2, and Scott McDaniel and Bill Sienkiewicz drew Part 3.

3. THE ORIGINAL SUPER SONS

Years before Bob Haney introduced the Super Sons, there had already been a Super Sons duo in the pages of World’s Finest Comics. In World’s Finest Comics #154 (by Edmond Hamilton, Curt Swan and Sheldon Moldoff), we met the young sons of Batman and Superman in an imaginary story where the two young boys study their fathers’ exploits and decide to take after them as Batman Jr. and Superman Jr.

The story was successful enough that three issues later there was a sequel, where the kids kept acting like Super-brats. It is unclear who the parents of the kids are in this imaginary story. Some people connect them with the Haney Super Sons, but there does not appear to be any direct connection. Haney famously did not care about other people’s continuity, so it is unlikely that he even knew of the other Super Sons.

2. THOMAS TAYLOR WAYNE

In Superman and Batman: Generations III, the story expanded from taking place every decade to taking place every century, with the immortal Batman and Superman being along for the ride the whole way (as it turned out, Darkseid was a villain in the background of the entire thousand year story). In a clever bit showing how fleeting time can be for immortals, Bruce Wayne has a song, Thomas Taylor Wayne, whose entire life takes place off panel. We only hear of him in time for the one-year anniversary of his funeral.

Bruce’s wife at this point, by the way, is the daughter of Bruce’s adopted Kryptonian son, Clark Wayne (which is why she doesn’t age past 40 or so, either), which is kind of creepy but not technically incest. Especially since they waited hundreds of years before getting together.

1. ROBIN 3000 (TOM WAYNE)

If you told someone in the early 1980s that Robin would be a hot property just a decade later, they might not believe you, but it was true that in the early 1990s, after Tim Drake got his first couple of miniseries, that Robin was the hottest he had ever been as a comic book property. So much so that when Byron Preiss and P. Craig Russell began working on a futuristic edition of Tom Swift (the old school novel series for kids about a young inventor who went on adventures), they instead revamped into a Robin 3000 series.

Set, shockingly enough, in the year 3000, Tom Wayne is the son of the current Batman (Bruce Wayne XX). When Batman is killed, it is up to Robin to take the place of his father and defeat the evil aliens who have been trying to conquer Earth.

Who is your favorite Bat-child? Let us know in the comments section!

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