The new DC Universe is a mix of new and familiar elements. The world of Batman has remained pretty much the same to what it was prior to Flashpoint but we're seeing some changes in Superman's beginnings. Besides these two, the rest of the DCU has developed a different feel to it. In many ways, the overall vibe is darker with more elements of violence.
With the return and reintroduction to many elements in the characters' history, we're left wondering how much of the prior history will remain and what will be erased. Two characters we haven't seen or heard about are Bat-Mite and Mr. Mxyzptlk.
Part of the idea of 'The New 52' was to allow the DC Universe a chance to have a soft reset with certain characters. New readers are wanted so this time is being used to reintroduce characters to everyone. While the climate might be a little different than what we had a few months ago, would it be possible for either Mr. Mxyzptlk or Bat-Mite to exist in this continuity?== TEASER ==
Mxyzptlk made his first appearance in 1944 and Bat-Mite in 1959. With the Golden and Silver Age, the mood of comics was drastically different that it is today. During the 50s, many stories had to be toned down due to the inception of the Comics Code. This allowed more opportunities for goofier adventures, the kind that both of these imps from the fifth dimension were perfect for.
That being said, there are plenty of longtime readers that might rather these two stay out of current continuity. Just as they could be annoying to Superman and Batman, they could be annoying to readers. They did manage to lighten up stories but the question of whether or not they ever really added anything to stories is debatable. Both were thorns in the heroes' sides. Because of their ability to utilize magic, they have an advantage over both powerful heroes. They are able to defeat them in ways the normal villains can't. It's because of their silly nature that Batman and Superman are able to outwit them.
The characters in 'The New 52' have, in some ways, recaptured some of the Golden and Silver Age feel. Superman bears a closer resemblance to his first appearance in Action Comics #1 and other characters also have a more classic feel to them. Yet there has been a bit more violence in certain titles. When you look at some of the events occurring in titles such as Deathstroke, Green Lantern Corps, Suicide Squad and so forth, it'd be hard to imagine two playful characters like Mxyzptlk and Bat-Mite residing that same comic universe.
Sometimes when characters are made a little darker and edgier, they become more interesting. As mischievous as these two could be, why not bring them back with a darker feel?
When we saw Bat-Mite during Grant Morrison's Batman, R.I.P., he was not the joking fun-loving character we knew. Of course it was implied that the Bat-Mite appearing in R.I.P. was a product of Bruce Wayne's delusions and wasn't the joking menace we had seen before.
Normally characters turning dark or 'extreme' often fail, this could be an opportunity to give both Superman and Batman some deadly challenges. We've seen them best the villains so many times they barely have to put up an effort in fighting them. While having characters with the ability to use magic to do whatever they want might be a stretch, having them become truly mischievous and even deadly could give these two a challenge we haven't seen before.
We actually have seen a deadlier version of Mxyzptlk way back in 1963's Adventure Comics #310.
The Legion of Super-Heroes were facing a deadly threat at the hands of a mysterious masked man. He actually started killing off the Legionnaries one at a time. He displayed he could easily duplicate their powers. When they humiliated him, he showed no mercy. Even Superboy nearly died at his hands if not for a last minute save.
It turned out this deadly deadly masked man was actually a descendant of Mxyzptlk. Instead of being the pestering imp that Superboy knew, this one was determined to kill off the entire Legion. He would have gotten away with it too if it wasn't for the meddling Superboy that managed to outwit him (and of course, reversed the deaths of all the Legion). This does show how deadly Mxyzptlk could be if that direction was decided upon.
We are seeing some drastic changes with some characters. This is the time to take chances. There will always be some nostalgia when it comes to these two characters but let's see them used as more than comedy relief. We don't necessarily have to see a bloodbath in comics but look at how successful characters like Joker or James Gordon Jr. have been recently. It's that creepy darkness that resides inside them that sends chills down your spine as you read their stories. Comics should be bright and cheerful at times. We want to see the good guys win but how about turning these two characters into more menaces than annoyances.
It might be wishful thinking to see darker versions of these two but it's the only way they could actually work in the current continuity. Am I the only one that wants to see the return of Mxyzptlk and Bat-Mite? They probably are the answer to...everything.
Then again, maybe not.