Batman: The Impostor has revealed one of the main reasons the Dark Knight doesn’t just donate his fortune – and it tragically makes perfect sense.
WARNING: The following contains spoilers for Batman: The Imposter # 3, now on sale
Bruce Wayne of Batman: The Impostor is a surprisingly down-to-earth version of the Dark Knight, with a more realistic limit on what he can handle physically and mentally. The Black Label series has highlighted how difficult it would be to be a hero in Gotham City – with the latest issue of the three-part miniseries battling a running complaint about the Caped Crusader.
Batman: The Impostor Mattson Tomlin, Andrea Sorrentino and Jordie Bellaire # 3 reveals the real reason Bruce Wayne isn’t just donating his fortune to help Gotham City – and it’s a quietly realistic reason that explains why Why Bruce Wayne decided that Batman was the best way to help the people of Gotham.
Batman: The Impostor has largely focused on introducing a version of Gotham City defined by a realistic touch typically absent from variations of Batman’s mission. This included his support system cut from under him while dealing with the realistic fallout from his mission – both physically and psychologically. Visiting Leslie Thompkins regularly throughout the series, Bruce’s last meeting with her at Batman: The Impostor # 3 before facing the serial killer masquerading as him, cut incredibly deep. During their conversation, Leslie directly asks Bruce what kind of impact he could have on Gotham City if he devoted his time and energy to helping the city instead of fighting it.
But Bruce curtly explains that people have always asked him why he wasn’t doing more to help Gotham before revealing he was only entitled to a million dollars from his inheritance at a time. As Bruce Wayne, there’s a real cap on how much good he could do – and that would have little tangible effect than what he’s had with his personal war on crime. Although Batman: The Impostor takes place in a unique reality, the idea of Bruce Wayne’s trust preventing him from giving too much is an interesting wrinkle in the origins of the Dark Knight’s Crusade. In a city like Gotham, there isn’t a lot of money to stem the crime and corruption that has spread throughout the city.
Bruce could try donating to the police – but he’s just as likely to end up in the hands of corrupt men who forced James Gordon to fire or vicious killers like Officer Hatcher as good cops like Alison Blair . Bruce’s personal dedication to bringing down crime in Gotham and making it a better place would crumble and do little to the people of Gotham affected by street crime. In a city like Gotham, trying to be personally proactive can suddenly seem like a valid path to honoring one’s commitment to avenge the murder of one’s parents. This Bruce Wayne even admits it’s a dark path that has probably cost him a lot of happiness – including more recently his relationship with Alison Blair, which on paper is a perfect fit for Bruce Wayne.
But in a city where criminals – even without great gadgets – still control the city with fear and murder, fighting crime with his bare hands could honestly have been the only thing Bruce Wayne could successfully think of as a strategy. It’s an easy way to explain why so many versions of Bruce Wayne end up embarking on a crusade that involves regularly throwing yourself off the rooftops instead of playing through the broken system, sacrificing a stable life for one that could do. the difference. because the normal route simply plays within the established rules of a city that has long been defined by abusing those rules.
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