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Off My Mind: Did Batman Really Wet His Pants?
by Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero on
According to Kevin Smith he did.
Batman is the world's greatest detective and the master of many things. Although apparently he is not the master of his own bladder.
In Kevin Smith's Batman: The Widening Gyre #6, Batman tries to make the point that no one is an expert at first. It turns out that Batman claims he actually peed in his pants one time. Are we supposed to actually accept this?
I really like Kevin Smith. I have to admit that there's been something off about the Widening Gyre. There's been something that's made it hard for me to want to keep up with the series. And then this issue came out. I get that Batman is trying to boost someone's confidence by explaining how he wasn't the badass he is today in the beginning. He briefly struggled with the decision to share this bit of information. Batman was trying to do the right thing, but can the Batman fans actually accept that he pissed himself?
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Let's see that image again:
What makes this more interesting is that DC allowed this little exchange to happen. Sure there's the possibility that Batman just made up this story but that doesn't seem likely. There's no mention of that later in the comic. Basically, DC has allowed Kevin Smith to knock Batman down a peg by having him wet himself. This story is, as far as I know, not an Elseworlds book. I'm not sure what's worse, that someone said, "Let's have Batman pee in his pants" or the fact that someone at DC said, "Yeah, let's do that."
Does this change the way you think of Batman? Batman: Year One showed us that Batman wasn't an expert from the beginning but having him wet his pants in another thing. Does this change the way you feel about Kevin Smith's writing? Can you still look at Batman and not think about him actually peeing on himself? Does Batman now wear bat-diapers to ensure this doesn't happen again?