October 6, 2017
Parallel universes and alternative timelines are very common in the world of comic books. These universes explore an infinite amount of “What If” scenarios that drastically (or not so much) affect our favorite heroes. For instance, this picture at the top is twisted version of alternative future batman where an evil A.I. merged the Joker with the Dark Knight. Weird, huh?
So, everyone knows how Batman is the world greatest detective, he’s a billionaire, he watched his parents get killed when he was kid and he prefers to wear a black suit with pointy ears to fight crime in Gotham instead of investing his millions of dollars in education or economy. But, what if Batman was born 200 years ago or what if he was a Nazi? What if little Bruce didn’t watch his parents die in front of him? What of there was a dark dimension where all superheroes are semi-demonic versions of Batman? This is where the parallel universes and alternative dimensions come into play. Let’s take a closer look at the most unexpected Batman incarnations in comic books:
Terry McGinnis is Batman several decades into the future. He is the successor of Bruce Wayne and protector of Neo-Gotham. Bruce Wayne retired and gave Terry a proper Batman training. In addition, he provided the young hero with this awesome cutting-edge Batsuit that enhances Terry’s physical capabilities. The character was initially introduced in the Batman Beyond animated series and then reintegrated in the comic books.
Essentially, he is a Nazi Batman. Instead of being a part of Justice League of America, this Nazi is a member of Justice League of Axis – a team of superhuman who are united by single goal of protecting Adolf Hitler and ensuring the rule of the Third Reich all over the world. Obviously, this Batman version is real scumbag!
Yes, at some point, the Dark Knight was trying to wield the power of the Green Lantern Ring. Later on, Batman attempted and failed to control the Yellow Ring too. And it makes total sense – the beauty of Batman’s character is that he does not possess any super powers, he can’t fly or shoot lasers. But at the same time, he’s not a street-level crime fighter. The Bats is one of the core members of JLA, the Dark Knight has even taken on Superman and Darkseid. He is awesome because he is capable of doing it without having to be a meta-human.