Off My Mind: What Happened to Batman's Godson?

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Batman may be known as the World's Greatest Detective, the Dark Knight and simply the hero that has a contingency plan for every situation. Another thing he is known for is taking young children under his wing. Whether it's a longing for the childhood he lost after witnessing the murder of his parents, Batman has opened up his home to other children that have suffered traumatic losses.

Everyone knows about Dick Grayson. His parents were killed when performing on the trapeze at Haly's Circus. Jason Todd had parents that abandoned him was living on the streets. Tim Drake seemed to have a good life having sought out Batman and later losing his parents through tragic means.

All of these young boys went on to become Robin, Batman's partner in fighting crime. But there was one lad that didn't get this opportunity. In 1971, it was revealed that Batman actually had a godson. As with most in Batman's life, this child lost his parents but was never heard from again, despite Batman's promise. Whatever happened to Batman's godson?

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The story of Batman's godson began (and ended) in THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD #98. Batman went to visit his dying friend, Roger Burnim. It could be because this was before my time but I don't recall ever hearing about Roger Burnim. On his deathbed, he referred to Batman as his "oldest and best of friends." Roger's last request was for Batman to protect his son, Enoch, and his wife, Clorinda. Batman mentioned that because he was Enoch's godfather, he would give his life for the boy or his mother.

Roger died shortly after and Batman promised to be there when Enoch needed him, "You can reach me via the Bat-line." When a strange murder turned up and Clorinda phoned Batman, he returned to the Burnim estate. A strange ghost-like figure had been terrorizing Clorinda and Enoch.

It turns out to be Phantom Stranger and he tells Batman the Burnim house is actually a coven for witches and warlocks and Clorinda and Enoch are their masters. While Batman was recovering from a blow to the head, he witnessed little Enoch attempt to kill him. Could this be why we've never heard more about Batman's godson? There's actually more to the story.

Suspecting that Clorinda married Roger in order to get a child, Batman and Phantom Stranger attempted to get proof they actually had Roger killed. Narrowly escaping a ritual where worshippers bowed at Enoch's feet, Batman later grabbed the child as he innocently played with his toys in his room (yes, Batman took part in kidnapping).

The scared child was observed for days by a psychiatrist in the hopes he would show some sign of occult powers in order to get legal proof. Going back to the house, they were surprised to discover Enoch there with the worshippers. The answer was there was actually two children born, apparently unknown to Batman's friend Roger (the birth certificate had been stolen or destroyed). The good child had been locked away all these years.

In a battle with the evil Enoch and his mother, the two met their end and Batman now had a new godson, Roger Jr. Visiting his old friend's grave, he made the vow that this child would have his love and protection "always." Yet, was there ever any mention of him after this? Roger Jr. was left without a family. As his godfather, did Batman take him to Wayne Manor? Did his friend Roger know Batman was Bruce Wayne or was he simply close friends with the hero? Why didn't Roger Jr. ever get recruited into being a 'Robin'? Since he was used to living hidden from his own father in his home, did he live out his years in a dark corner of Wayne Manor (or the Batcave)? There are so many unanswered questions.

It's possible that Batman used his influence as Bruce Wayne to get Roger Jr. a new home away from the craziness of his life. Maybe Roger Jr. was too innocent of a child and didn't have the edge needed to become a crimefighter. Batman could have shipped him off to some prestigious border school and set him up to have a life of his own as long as he never visited or called during the holidays.

It was the 70s and it was a pre-Crisis story. To my knowledge, we've never heard about Roger Jr. ever again. The fact is, Batman may have provided a safe life for his godson (less than he could say for his evil godson, Enoch) but there's one thing we've learned from this. Batman would make a horrible godfather. Don't expect any birthday cards or visits. It might be cool to tell your friends that Batman is your actual godfather but it doesn't appear he'd really have any interest in being there for a growing child unless you showed the potential to wear a red, green and yellow costume.

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#1 Posted by DXmagma (91 posts) - - Show Bio

New 52 lol

#2 Posted by Larkin1388 (1733 posts) - - Show Bio

Interesting. I never knew this.

#3 Edited by NightFang (10374 posts) - - Show Bio

@Larkin1388 said:

Interesting. I never knew this.

Me either.

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#4 Posted by Neverpraying (1459 posts) - - Show Bio

@NightFang said:

@Larkin1388 said:

Interesting. I never knew this.

Me either.

#5 Posted by Eyz (3042 posts) - - Show Bio

If some writer read this...we're gonna end up with yet another "James Gordon" :P

#6 Posted by scifi_superstar (41 posts) - - Show Bio

Great article! for me, story always takes presidence over continuity. especially in this case where it isnt a glaring omition. by the way, that is the batman that i grew up reading. athletic figure, blue and grey and the batsign on an oval yellow background. I dont like this current rendition of black with armour suit and heavy combat boots. There is no way he can do acrobatics or swing from buildings with that much gear.

#7 Edited by BlackArmor (6138 posts) - - Show Bio

He went on to become the first Bat-girl......this is why Bruce prefers not to talk about him all that much

#8 Posted by Antonio_Blackheart (1536 posts) - - Show Bio

great now he going be the new red robin........

#9 Posted by cacarl (138 posts) - - Show Bio

The Joker...The Joker happened (Yes, I didn't say it was the New 52).

#10 Posted by Migz13 (170 posts) - - Show Bio

Those last few sentences made me LOL.

Batman as your Godfather?!?!

ABSURD!!!!

#11 Posted by shrmntnk62 (255 posts) - - Show Bio

Somethings are better left forgotten. What a weird story. That's why I don't read 70's comics. Wel,that and the bell bottoms and afros.

#12 Posted by NightFang (10374 posts) - - Show Bio

It would be funny if Roger Jr. turned out too be one Batman's new villain.

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#13 Posted by krilling (2488 posts) - - Show Bio
@shrmntnk62 said:
Somethings are better left forgotten. What a weird story. That's why I don't read 70's comics. Wel,that and the bell bottoms and afros.
Agree. The Silver Age was full with absurdities like this.
After reading this article i remember Lance. He was another kid Bats adopted. Also Lance had a bad character and he tried to harm Bats and the Titans. At the end he died. That was before this story happended.
#14 Posted by Duo_forbidden (1119 posts) - - Show Bio
@NightFang said:

@Larkin1388 said:

Interesting. I never knew this.

Me either.

I'm surprised Grant Morrison didn't write something on this already lol.
#15 Posted by Emperormeister734 (825 posts) - - Show Bio

well im sure the writers can bring him back for the new fifty two

#16 Posted by Saren (25457 posts) - - Show Bio
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#17 Posted by Saren (25457 posts) - - Show Bio

An even bigger question: what happened to Power Girl's baby?

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#18 Posted by NightFang (10374 posts) - - Show Bio

@Duo_forbidden said:

I'm surprised Grant Morrison didn't write something on this already lol.

Let Scott Snyder do it, he'll make Roger Jr. into he creepiest kid on Earth!

@CitizenBane said:

An even bigger question: what happened to Power Girl's baby?

Don't you know, it grow up into Powerboy!

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#19 Posted by Phantim555 (217 posts) - - Show Bio

It's obvious isn't it? Damian killed him because he's Bruce's one true son. LMAO

#20 Posted by Wattup (646 posts) - - Show Bio

You fools! Because he was ignored by Batman, Roger Jr. grew up to be an evil and spiteful criminal mastermind who has been secretly behind such atrocities as No Man's Land, War Games, Hush, Batman RIP and countless others!

Ra's Al Ghul, Darkseid and Vandal Savage quiver in fear of Roger Jr, he of supreme evil and docile-sounding name!

Just wait for Grant Morrison's big reveal in summer of 2012! Don't say I didn't warn ya! Be prepared for your Superman socks to be knocked off!

#21 Posted by HaHaManHV (229 posts) - - Show Bio

Well since he was a random one-shot character... nobody cared.

#22 Posted by kennybaese (1159 posts) - - Show Bio

I was going to say something about him being Scott Snyder's next Batman villain, but pretty much the whole internet beat me to it.

#23 Posted by RedheadedAtrocitus (6836 posts) - - Show Bio

Wow, I never knew about this particular story. Quite informative! I see potential for Roger Jr. rising up again sometime in the future perhaps. In what fashion he will remains to be seen of course.

#24 Posted by nonfiction91 (1704 posts) - - Show Bio

hey you know, Alfreds a pretty shady dude too, he could've adopted the kid and sent him off to some bording school in britian.

#25 Posted by EdwardWindsor (14346 posts) - - Show Bio

New bad guy in the furture ,annoyed due to neglected protection iam guessing.

#26 Posted by HexThis (955 posts) - - Show Bio

Oh thank god! Batman needs yet ANOTHER son-figure.

#27 Posted by Sir_Deadpool (461 posts) - - Show Bio

@Neverpraying said:

@NightFang said:

@Larkin1388 said:

Interesting. I never knew this.

Me either.

#28 Posted by Miss_Garrick (1757 posts) - - Show Bio

Well, I really hope that Batman did arrange for Roger jr. to be put in a safe and nice home.

#29 Posted by jsphsmth (1136 posts) - - Show Bio

Aparo artwork. Oh how I miss it. Probably should preorder the Legends of the Dark Knight: Jim Aparo collection DC is putting out in the Spring.

#30 Posted by yo_yo_fun (639 posts) - - Show Bio

Wow. I did not know this...Yup, there's a reason why this never came up again...

#31 Posted by The Impersonator (5722 posts) - - Show Bio

@NightFang said:

@Larkin1388 said:

Interesting. I never knew this.

Me either.

#32 Posted by Or35ti (1101 posts) - - Show Bio

70s comics sound pretty weird

#33 Posted by Dedpool (388 posts) - - Show Bio

News to me! I'm guessing he had his name changed and set him up with a foster family.

#34 Posted by laabitres (484 posts) - - Show Bio

O.o i did not know this

#35 Edited by TerryMcC (307 posts) - - Show Bio

Due to so many of the characters during that era of Brave & the Bold being slightly off kilter, and at times just unlike anything appearing anywhere else in the DC Universe general fan lore was that it made up of tales from an as yet unnumbered Earth.

Yeah, that’s the ticket.

#36 Posted by GraveSp (314 posts) - - Show Bio

Well he didn't exactly have the training like Dick, the toughness of Jason, or the raw intelligence of Jason. Maybe he wasn't good enough. He is probably in Limbo, quick someone tell Grant Morrison so he can be a Easter Egg next time there is a limbo story.

#37 Posted by cascadeking09 (6699 posts) - - Show Bio

@GraveSp said:

Well he didn't exactly have the training like Dick, the toughness of Jason, or the raw intelligence of Tim? Maybe he wasn't good enough. He is probably in Limbo, quick someone tell Grant Morrison so he can be a Easter Egg next time there is a limbo story.

#38 Posted by GreenArrow89 (5 posts) - - Show Bio

They should bring this into the new 52.

#39 Posted by Metatron_Da_Don (1029 posts) - - Show Bio

Am I the only one who caught this at the wrong angle and thought this was Bats and a girl.
 
 smh at the "he did not become another Robin".. I C what u did there G-Man!
 
 

#40 Posted by RedOwl_1 (1664 posts) - - Show Bio

I don't even knew that have happened :S well you learn something everyday

#41 Posted by drumguyrob (42 posts) - - Show Bio

No way! You just brought to everyone's attention what I thought was going to be my brilliant plan! I had a story all worked out about what happened to this kid!

#42 Posted by Terribeule-pesta (6 posts) - - Show Bio

Batman? A godson? *laughs* No, seriously! Okay it was Pre-Crisis but I mean, come on! Batman's godson? I love this period!

You lucky little boy! You escaped the green, short pants!

#43 Posted by p_rixx (23 posts) - - Show Bio

Who says it's the Good Enoch that survived? ;)

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