Would this be a good storyline?
The Death of Alfred
But no on him dying in the mainstream. He is a fun character.
He was dying at one point, but I don't think any writer in his right mind would kill Alfred and make it permanent (they did kill him in the golden age, but brought him back as supervillain and then back as a butler).
Nope. In an alternate universe it's okay, but Alfred is sacred, like Aunt May. If they were to kill him, I'd be tremendously upset, and there wouldn't be a "non-stupid" way of bringing him back to life. If it ever does happen, you can be guaranteed I'll be prepping my torches to go after the people behind such a story.
You know it's odd how many people have never thought of this. I mean look at how many of Batman's enemies know his identity. Now think about how intelligent so many of his enemies are yet its rare that Alfred finds himself in any real danger. As to the question of how Bruce would react just look at the way he reacted to Jason's death. he dealt with things in a darker way after that. Now add to that change the fact that it would crush the entire bat family and destroy Bruces constant anchor to humanity. it would have to be a murder though. I think it would be an interesting way to kill a villian. i fully believe batman would kill for alfred. that wouldake him either become supervigilant like azreal did or retire the cowl. batman inc could make it work. just bruce saying im done being batman and not having alfred to tell him otherwise.
Didn't it already happen once, but it turned out he was alive the whole time?
yep. He became Outsider, fought batman, and then returned to normal after a little bit.
@The Stegman said:
Isn't he already dead in Batman Beyond?
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