#1 Posted by batkevin74 (10596 posts) - - Show Bio

(I got this idea from some pictures floated by Francesco Francavilla on Comic Twart http://www.comictwart.com/search/label/Batman and that what if Batman HAD started fighting crime the year he was published 1939. DC owns all rights, characters etc in this fan-fic that I’ve cobbled together. I hope you like it. It's rated MA because it covers me, this chapter isn't really MA material but just in case)

The Pennyworth Retirement Estate

“You want to know about me?” Bruce looked at the young man standing before him, dressed more like a hand grenade had hit a clothing bin. Bruce’s oxygen tube hissed quietly “Well I was born in 1919; my parents were murdered in an alleyway in 1927. I put on my costume for the first time in 1939 and became a crime fighter. I’ve seen everything! I’ve been everywhere! Done the impossible, planned for the inevitable. Now I sit in this chair waiting for my death to finally come and take me from this god forsaken life that has cost me so much! The end”

The boy pulled an earphone out of his ear and looked up from his phone “What’s a crime fighter?”

“You must be one of these idiot children with an application for everything but no common sense!” Bruce’s hand shook as he took the control of his wheelchair and began to turn his chair away.

“Mr Wayne, I…”

“You really have no idea who I am…was, do you?”

“No Mr Wayne” he replied sheepishly “I just needs to write and my dee says to axe you”

“You’re J’Marcus’s boy?” Bruce turned the chair back.

“Uh huh”

“He’s the only decent thing in this living morgue. Reminds me of Alfred”

“Alfred? What’s an Alfred?”

“He was my butl…he was my dearest…he…” Bruce trailed off, tears welling in his ancient eyes.

“Mr Wayne, I’m soz that I frowned you. I’ll just ask one of the other peeps”

“It’s fine” Bruce shifted his weight in his chair “What’s your name son?”

“James”

“I had a friend called James” A smiled cracked across his wrinkled lips “Good man, police officer. Many, many years ago. Nice to meet you James” Bruce extended his hand and James went for a ghetto handshake and soon it turned into a comedy with each not knowing how the other shook hands.

“Never mind” smirked Bruce “Now let’s start again. What came I do for you James?”

“I gots to tap a blog on the oldest peeps I’s can find for Mrs Harper’s class”

“Charming” muttered Bruce

“You talks funny Mr Wayne” James smiled

“So do you James” replied Bruce “What would you like to know?”

“Everything really”

“Good answer. I shall start at the beginning” Bruce indicated for James to have a seat “Try to keep up”

“S’okies” said James as he slumped into the chair to hear the near one hundred year old speak

“But first I’m going to teach you a few things that would make Alfred very proud, the correct use of the English language”

Steps of Gotham City Police Plaza

A throng of press gathered on the steps to hear the statement of the newly appointed police commissioner Katherine Grayson give her first statement. She took the podium.

“People of Gotham City! I am not going to make you any promises. I could waste your time with rhetoric, outline strategy on ways to reduce crime, rattle off numbers on how many new police will be hitting the streets; but I won’t! This city has been through that all before. Even as the media has called it and I quote “The Golden Age of Gotham” under Commissioner James Gordon. But this isn’t the eighties anymore! I am simply implementing a zero tolerance policy on crime. I’ll say that in case people missed it: ZERO TOLERANCE! This backed up with City Halls and the Federal Government’s reinstatement of the death penalty here in Gotham means if you break the law…”

“Miss Grayson! Miss Grayson!”

Katherine looked over the top of her glasses “It’s Mrs Grayson! And your question that couldn’t wait until I finished?”

“Stephen Grant DP Online. So you’re going to execute jaywalkers and litter bugs?”

“Are you an idiot? Are you missing from a village? Next question?”

“Kyleen Jefferson-Lopez, Post Dot Com. Isn’t this the same policy implemented in New York City fifteen years ago?”

“It worked didn’t it? Street crime down! Murder rate down! Drug related crime DOWN!”

“But not completely” retorted Kyleen

“Maybe Mr Grant’s stupidity is rubbing off on you!” Katherine looked straight at her “If you want to live in a utopia, then apply to live on Themyscira with the amazons. We humans are always going to manage to do the wrong thing. A crimeless society would make my job obsolete and that’s something I strive for! Until then a zero tolerance policy backed up by a death penalty is the only way to curb people’s behaviour. Now any more sensible questions?”

“What about Batman?”

“…Didn’t think so. Thank you” Katherine left the podium and headed into the building. She smiled as caught sight of her father, standing in the lobby resting on his cane

“Good job sweetheart” he said embracing her warmly

“What are you doing here” she asked

“I’m old, bored and I wanted to see my little girl in action” he laughed.

“How’s the leg?”

“Still attached. You avoided the last question”

“That’s because Damien asked it deliberately to provoke me, knowing full well there was no way I could do anything without making a scene”

Dick Grayson stopped and looked his daughter right in the eye “So what about Batman?”

Katherine looked at her dad and sighed “When, not if, when we catch Damien, we arrest him. We charge him and then it’s up to a court of law to decide whether or not he killed Connor. Until then I do my job”

An officer walked up to Katherine and handed her a file and a phone. “I’m sorry dad but duty calls. Dinner tonight?”

“Sounds good sweetheart” he replied as he watched his pride and joy navigate the corridors of power and paperwork.

#2 Posted by Time_Phantom (527 posts) - - Show Bio

So Damien is Batman, Bruce is in a reitirment home and Dick Grayson's daughter is a bit of a hard ass. Looking forward for more.

#3 Posted by Ravager4 (1627 posts) - - Show Bio

Interesting, very interesting...looking forward to where it all goes. I also wonder who Dick had Katherine with.

#4 Posted by batkevin74 (10596 posts) - - Show Bio

@Time_Phantom: Yup. I'm running on the timeline of when characters were introduced on their rough ages. So Bruce is nearly 100, Dick in his late 80's, Damien is about 20's

@Ravager4: Thanks. Katherine Grayson's mum is hopefully going to be a logical surprise

#5 Posted by Ravager4 (1627 posts) - - Show Bio

@batkevin74: A question, then, is Damian still Bruce's son? If so, then he would have been born when Bruce was like... around 80.

#6 Posted by batkevin74 (10596 posts) - - Show Bio

@Ravager4: Yeah kinda weird aint it. Using part of the idea that Talia GREW Damien in a tube so while he may be Bruce's son, he wasn't made normally

#7 Posted by BlackArmor (6137 posts) - - Show Bio

interesting, I'm definitely looking forward to more

#8 Posted by batkevin74 (10596 posts) - - Show Bio

@BlackArmor: Thanks man

#9 Posted by primepower53 (5686 posts) - - Show Bio

@batkevin74: This kind of confused me, bit from what I can gather, Bruce Wayne is almost 100 years old and has retired from being Batman, and he's telling a reporter about how things were in the 80s?

It's a cool concept about how things would be if time traveled at a normal rate in comic books.

#10 Posted by batkevin74 (10596 posts) - - Show Bio

@primepower53: Not a reporter, just a kid whose dad works at the nursing home where Bruce is wasting away who has to do a project on the oldest person he can find, and boy did he find a doozie!

I find that some stories in comics get easily dated due to well reality, the Batman story 10 Nights of The Beast doesn't work because Reagan & Gorbachev were in the story if you get what I mean

#11 Posted by primepower53 (5686 posts) - - Show Bio

@batkevin74: makes sense...

#12 Posted by batkevin74 (10596 posts) - - Show Bio

@primepower53: Hoping so, we'll soon see

#13 Posted by tomdickharry1984 (836 posts) - - Show Bio

So Batman is 99yrs old, living in a retirement village?

#14 Posted by batkevin74 (10596 posts) - - Show Bio

@tomdickharry1984: Sort of

#15 Posted by batkevin74 (10596 posts) - - Show Bio

This was the thing I was telling you about

#16 Posted by tomdickharry1984 (836 posts) - - Show Bio

DUDE! Are you eva gonna finish this??????????

#17 Posted by Rusty_Irons (627 posts) - - Show Bio

great story Bats. P.S. Have you thought of doing a library of your stories?

#18 Posted by vernierhawk001 (534 posts) - - Show Bio

@batkevin74: Lol.....greatness! Dick's daughter....awesome. Kind of reminds me of Lin Bei Fong from Legend of Korra...lol. But I like the dialogue...especially Bruce's. I had some trouble following what the kid was saying. I like the idea of the characters I love being old (Bruce, Dick, Damian, etc) even though it hurts a little to seem like this. But overall, very interesting

#19 Posted by batkevin74 (10596 posts) - - Show Bio

@vernierhawk001: That was the idea with James, he talks like kids do today with slang, abbreviations and made up words. It was also done to highlight the age gap. Thanks for reading, more up hopefully soon

@tmacximas: I have, but CapFanboy is doing the monthly chronicles showcase so at the moment so I'm holding off. But one day I shall put all my eggs in a basket :)

@tomdickharry1984: Yes, yes I will finish this...eventually. :)

#20 Posted by wildvine (9016 posts) - - Show Bio

Awesome work.

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#21 Posted by batkevin74 (10596 posts) - - Show Bio

@wildvine: Thank you very much

#22 Posted by DickGrayson (330 posts) - - Show Bio

MAKE MORE!

#23 Posted by batkevin74 (10596 posts) - - Show Bio

@DickGrayson: I will, soon, hopefully :)

#24 Posted by GR2Blackout (2564 posts) - - Show Bio

This... Is...

#25 Posted by batkevin74 (10596 posts) - - Show Bio

@GR2Blackout: @GR2Blackout said:

This... Is...

I've never been ACTUALLY Awesomesauced before, thank you :)

#26 Posted by 4donkeyjohnson (1649 posts) - - Show Bio

Very nice work, batkevin

#27 Posted by Squalleon (4559 posts) - - Show Bio

@batkevin74

That is awesome!

The setting is great, the characters are interesting an overall great story!

When will part 2 come out?

#28 Posted by batkevin74 (10596 posts) - - Show Bio

@Squalleon: Not sure, I hit a bump in my head with this story. It's all in my head but having it flow out of my fingers onto the keyboard, not so much. But soon, I hope

#29 Posted by knightofthechronicle (686 posts) - - Show Bio

This is pretty good but that kid's speech really gets on my nerves (but I guess that's just the general idea). Good story man

#30 Posted by batkevin74 (10596 posts) - - Show Bio

@knightofthechronicle: It was deliberate to show the massive generation gap between them, and the fact kids talk in weird abbreviated code lingo :)

#31 Posted by batkevin74 (10596 posts) - - Show Bio

Also known as BUMP! :)

#32 Posted by dngn4774 (3019 posts) - - Show Bio

Bump

#33 Posted by dngn4774 (3019 posts) - - Show Bio

@batkevin74: In theory it's what I'm looking for but I had other ideas. I would like to split the chapters between present times to flashback episodes. There would also be several different Batman's in each generation, this would work like a chain of mentorships, for example Jason Todd would be Dick Grayson's robin, Drake would be Todd's, Damian would be Drake's, etc.

#34 Edited by NeonPheonix (650 posts) - - Show Bio

Interesting, one of the better Fan-Fics I have ever read.

#35 Posted by 4donkeyjohnson (1649 posts) - - Show Bio

@dngn4774 said:

There would also be several different Batman's in each generation, this would work like a chain of mentorships, for example Jason Todd would be Dick Grayson's robin, Drake would be Todd's, Damian would be Drake's, etc.

That's very clever and an actual changing of the mantle between the generations, possibly tricky but please @ me when/if this comes about, I'll happily read it

#36 Posted by batkevin74 (10596 posts) - - Show Bio

Interesting, one of the better Fan-Fics I have ever read.

Thanks, that's nice to hear! :)

@dngn4774 said:

@batkevin74: In theory it's what I'm looking for but I had other ideas. I would like to split the chapters between present times to flashback episodes. There would also be several different Batman's in each generation, this would work like a chain of mentorships, for example Jason Todd would be Dick Grayson's robin, Drake would be Todd's, Damian would be Drake's, etc.

Hmmm so like the Phantom?

Hopefully not like John Byrne's Generations which is, well I didn't like it all that much.

#37 Posted by ImpurestCheese (4890 posts) - - Show Bio
#38 Edited by batkevin74 (10596 posts) - - Show Bio

@batkevin74: The Phantom. I love that movie. :-)

I liked parts of that movie, overall it's a solid C but McGoohan is good as is Zane but it's a C movie!

#39 Posted by dngn4774 (3019 posts) - - Show Bio

@impurestcheese said:

@batkevin74: The Phantom. I love that movie. :-)

I liked parts of that movie, overall it's a solid C but McGoohan is good as is Zane but it's a C movie!

I know I watched that movie when I was like 6 or 7 but I'm drawing a complete blank. All I remember is Billy Zane was in a purple spandex bodysuit and it was about just as lame a Zorro.

@neonpheonix said:

Interesting, one of the better Fan-Fics I have ever read.

Thanks, that's nice to hear! :)

@dngn4774 said:

@batkevin74: In theory it's what I'm looking for but I had other ideas. I would like to split the chapters between present times to flashback episodes. There would also be several different Batman's in each generation, this would work like a chain of mentorships, for example Jason Todd would be Dick Grayson's robin, Drake would be Todd's, Damian would be Drake's, etc.

Hmmm so like the Phantom?

Hopefully not like John Byrne's Generations which is, well I didn't like it all that much.

Not really, for what I'm imagining most of the batfamily doesn't die off when they age out of the batman role, they just evolve into their own separate identities.

#40 Edited by batkevin74 (10596 posts) - - Show Bio

@dngn4774: So Bruce stays around to become this

#41 Posted by dngn4774 (3019 posts) - - Show Bio
#42 Posted by batkevin74 (10596 posts) - - Show Bio

@dngn4774: So Bruce just "helping" much to everyone's "delight"!

#43 Edited by dngn4774 (3019 posts) - - Show Bio

@batkevin74: Let's switch to a pm. I'd rather not distract potential readers from your OP.

#44 Posted by batkevin74 (10596 posts) - - Show Bio
#45 Posted by Guardiandevil83 (5520 posts) - - Show Bio
#46 Posted by Guardiandevil83 (5520 posts) - - Show Bio

Ain't gonna lie. This got me wanting more great job!

#47 Edited by batkevin74 (10596 posts) - - Show Bio

Ain't gonna lie. This got me wanting more great job!

Thanks, I shall get one part 2 hopefully by the end of the month...sooner if able