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Off My Mind: Batman Endangering Wayne Enterprise Employees
by Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero on
Has Batman Incorporated created more targets for villains in Gotham?
Batman has been fighting evil in Gotham City for years now. He's made a lot of enemies. Villains don't always play by the rules. They are often filled with the need for vengeance or revenge. In many cases, that's what drove them to become evil in the first place. They are not rational human beings. Whether their diabolical schemes have been based on revenge, money or prestige, they've always been thwarted by Batman. Time after time, scheme after scheme, Batman has been there to put a stop to them and send them off to Arkham Asylum.
Now that it's known that the employees of Wayne Enterprises are partners with Batman, in a way, that paints a giant target on every single employee. What better way for a crazed villain to stick it to Batman by threatening any of the innocent workers at Wayne Enterprises (or worse) ? How long until there are deadly casualties? == TEASER ==
It may be perceived that Bruce Wayne is doing the noble thing. He mentioned watching his parents get killed and wanting to do the right thing. Did he consult with his board of directors before making the announcement that they're fighting crime with Batman? Every employee, from the designers of Batman's new gadgets to the front door receptionist, is now in danger. What's to stop one of Batman's rogues from simply blowing up the entire building?
You could argue that everyone working at the Gotham City Police precinct could be facing the same danger. But police arresting bank robbers don't compare to Batman having the Joker or Two-Face locked up.
Soon in the pages of Red Robin #23, an assassin will be making an attempt on the lives of Bruce Wayne and Lucius Fox. Wayne Enterprises might offer great benefits for its employees but when an international assassin comes to town, it's going to take more than Casual Friday or donuts in the morning to make working there desirable.
With Bruce publicly stating that he's helping out Batman, it has added some protection to his secret identity. It helps to explain Bruce's activities and I'm sure this makes life easier for his accountant in explaining where large chunks of his money are going. It just doesn't seem that Bruce took the time to ask his employees if they were okay with this. They always have the option of resigning and getting a new job. I'm sure Bruce would give glowing recommendations. But how is that fair. When they applied for their job and made their life in Gotham, no one told them that someday it could all pose a threat against them.
With all of Bruce's technology and clever mind, he could easily come up with an insane amount of security for the building. He's managed to keep the Batcave safe all these years (for the most part). I still think the employees are now targets along with their families. It's most likely public knowledge who works for Wayne Enterprises. Some crazed villain could easily follow any of the hundreds of employees home at the end of the work day. The last thing Batman would want is the blood of an innocent on his hands. I want to know how he intends on keeping every single one of his employees safe and how long until his crazed enemies start targeting them.