History ComicBook / WhateverHappenedToTheCapedCrusader

4th Apr '16 7:30:37 AM AnotherGuy
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-->'''Bruce:''' Iíve learned... that it doesnít matter what the story is, some things never change. Because even when they arenít talking about me, they are. Because theyíre talking about Batman. The Batman doesnít compromise. I keep this city safeÖ Even if itís safer by just one personÖ And I do not ever give in or give up.//
Sometimes I fall in battle. Sometimes I die hugely, bravely, saving the city from something that would destroy it. Sometimes itís a small, ironic, unnoticed death ó I die rescuing a child from a fire or tackling a frightened pickpocket.//

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-->'''Bruce:''' Iíve learned... that it doesnít matter what the story is, some things never change. Because even when they arenít talking about me, they are. Because theyíre talking about Batman. The Batman doesnít compromise. I keep this city safeÖ Even if itís safer by just one personÖ And I do not ever give in or give up.//
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Sometimes I fall in battle. Sometimes I die hugely, bravely, saving the city from something that would destroy it. Sometimes itís a small, ironic, unnoticed death ó I die rescuing a child from a fire or tackling a frightened pickpocket.//\\
4th Apr '16 7:30:09 AM AnotherGuy
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-->'''Bruce:''' Iíve learned... that it doesnít matter what the story is, some things never change. Because even when they arenít talking about me, they are. Because theyíre talking about Batman. The Batman doesnít compromise. I keep this city safeÖ Even if itís safer by just one personÖ And I do not ever give in or give up.//
Sometimes I fall in battle. Sometimes I die hugely, bravely, saving the city from something that would destroy it. Sometimes itís a small, ironic, unnoticed death ó I die rescuing a child from a fire or tackling a frightened pickpocket.//
Everything changes. Nothing stays the same. Every friend betrays me, sooner or later, and every enemy becomes a lover or a friend, but thatís the one thing that doesnít change: I donít ever give up. I canít ever give up.
30th Jan '16 1:32:03 AM bwburke94
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The stories and illustrations pay homage to many of the major periods and styles of Batman and interpretations of his character and relationships. After full stories from Alfred and [[Comicbook/{{Catwoman}} Selina Kyle]], the book then gives us only glimpses of those told by other characters. One thing known is that all of the stories conflict with each other. For example, SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker's story has him killing Batman in a scene very reminiscent of ''ComicBook/TheKillingJoke'', Clayface's has him sacrificing himself in order to save Clayface and Franchise/{{Superman}}'s has Bruce insisting that Clark take him into certain death, so that he can capture the villain's attention and divert them from killing innocents.

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The stories and illustrations pay homage to many of the major periods and styles of Batman and interpretations of his character and relationships. After full stories from Alfred and [[Comicbook/{{Catwoman}} Selina Kyle]], the book then gives us only glimpses of those told by other characters. One thing known is that all of the stories conflict with each other. For example, SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker's ComicBook/TheJoker's story has him killing Batman in a scene very reminiscent of ''ComicBook/TheKillingJoke'', Clayface's has him sacrificing himself in order to save Clayface and Franchise/{{Superman}}'s has Bruce insisting that Clark take him into certain death, so that he can capture the villain's attention and divert them from killing innocents.



* AntagonistInMourning: Played straight with SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker and Ra's al Ghul. Hinted to a lesser degree/possibly subverted with Clayface and Mad Hatter. (Depending on how much the former is actually moved to change by Batman's sacrifice, or if the latter actually feels the death too much).

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* AntagonistInMourning: Played straight with SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker ComicBook/TheJoker and Ra's al Ghul. Hinted to a lesser degree/possibly subverted with Clayface and Mad Hatter. (Depending on how much the former is actually moved to change by Batman's sacrifice, or if the latter actually feels the death too much).



** Also deconstructed in the trade paperback when The Riddler ponders why everything changed from the LighterAndSofter times to the DarkerAndEdgier times, such as TheJoker suddenly becoming a murderer.
* LiteraryAllusionTitle: ''ComicBook/WhateverHappenedToTheManOfTomorrow''.

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** Also deconstructed in the trade paperback when The Riddler ponders why everything changed from the LighterAndSofter times to the DarkerAndEdgier times, such as TheJoker The Joker suddenly becoming a murderer.
* LiteraryAllusionTitle: To ''ComicBook/WhateverHappenedToTheManOfTomorrow''.



** In the graphic novel, one of the stories bundled with the main story has The Riddler noting that he could be Eddie Nash, or Edward Nygma, and several other identities. He also notes that for some odd reason, the old Batman villains (referencing the TV show) suddenly became violent, including SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker. During his interview, he keeps swapping his various outfits, from the original TV show costume through to later versions.

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** In the graphic novel, one of the stories bundled with the main story has The Riddler noting that he could be Eddie Nash, or Edward Nygma, and several other identities. He also notes that for some odd reason, the old Batman villains (referencing the TV show) suddenly became violent, including SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker.The Joker. During his interview, he keeps swapping his various outfits, from the original TV show costume through to later versions.



* SarcasmFailure: TheJoker experiences this on [[spoiler: finally killing Batman]].

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* SarcasmFailure: TheJoker The Joker experiences this on [[spoiler: finally killing Batman]].
14th Nov '15 12:43:14 PM StFan
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'''''Whatever Happened to the Caped Crusader?''''' is a 2009 two-part Franchise/{{Batman}} story written by Creator/NeilGaiman and illustrated by Andy Kubert. It was to be the 'last' Batman story after the character's death in ''ComicBook/BatmanRIP'' and ''ComicBook/FinalCrisis'' and ended up more a summation of the Batman myth and a meditation on his character and its various interpretations. It was highly praised on its release, but remains fairly obscure considering the author's and the character's popularity, probably due to it still being relatively new.

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'''''Whatever ''Whatever Happened to the Caped Crusader?''''' Crusader?'' is a 2009 two-part Franchise/{{Batman}} story written by Creator/NeilGaiman and illustrated by Andy Kubert. It was to be the 'last' Batman story after the character's death in ''ComicBook/BatmanRIP'' and ''ComicBook/FinalCrisis'' and ended up more a summation of the Batman myth and a meditation on his character and its various interpretations. It was highly praised on its release, but remains fairly obscure considering the author's and the character's popularity, probably due to it still being relatively new.



* LiteraryAllusionTitle: ''ComicBook/WhatEverHappenedToTheManOfTomorrow''.

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* LiteraryAllusionTitle: ''ComicBook/WhatEverHappenedToTheManOfTomorrow''.''ComicBook/WhateverHappenedToTheManOfTomorrow''.



* SeriesFauxnale: In the same vein as ''WhatEverHappenedToTheManOfTomorrow'', this was written as "the final Batman story." Given the nature of the story though, this can still be argued as the finale to the mythos.

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* SeriesFauxnale: In the same vein as ''WhatEverHappenedToTheManOfTomorrow'', ''ComicBook/WhateverHappenedToTheManOfTomorrow'', this was written as "the final Batman story." Given the nature of the story though, this can still be argued as the finale to the mythos.
6th Sep '15 5:53:20 PM nombretomado
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* ShoutOut: NeilGaiman does one to [[ComicBook/TheSandman his previous work]]:

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* ShoutOut: NeilGaiman Creator/NeilGaiman does one to [[ComicBook/TheSandman his previous work]]:
13th Jul '15 4:11:21 PM nighttrainfm
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* LeaningOnTheFourthWall: In the trade-paperback bonus story "When Is A Door?", one of the Riddler's laments sounds like those of fans of the 1960s ''Series/{{Batman}}'' show. After demanding the "camp" aspects that people sneer at these days, he bemoans:

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* LeaningOnTheFourthWall: In the trade-paperback bonus story "When Is A Door?", one of the Riddler's laments sounds like those of fans of the 1960s ''Series/{{Batman}}'' show. After demanding defending the "camp" aspects that people sneer at these days, he bemoans:
5th Apr '15 2:32:46 PM nighttrainfm
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** One version of Batman's death has him killed by an actor who was only pretending to be a supervillain but got too much into the role.

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** One version of Batman's death has him killed by an actor who was only pretending to be a supervillain but got too much into the role. After explicitly telling Alfred this was why he got out of acting in the first place...
5th Apr '15 2:28:17 PM nighttrainfm
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* LeaningOnTheFourthWall: In the trade-paperback bonus story "When Is A Door?", one of the Riddler's laments sounds like those of fans of the 1960s ''Series/{{Batman}}'' show.
-->'''Riddler''': No one ever hurt anybody. Not really. Nobody died. You look around these days ó [[NothingIsTheSameAnymore It's all different. It's all changed.]] [[DarkerAndEdgier The Joker's killing people for God's Sake!]] Did I miss something? Was I away when they changed the rules?

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* LeaningOnTheFourthWall: In the trade-paperback bonus story "When Is A Door?", one of the Riddler's laments sounds like those of fans of the 1960s ''Series/{{Batman}}'' show.
show. After demanding the "camp" aspects that people sneer at these days, he bemoans:
-->'''Riddler''': No one ever hurt anybody. Not really. Nobody died. You look around these days ó [[NothingIsTheSameAnymore It's all different. It's all changed.]] [[DarkerAndEdgier The Joker's killing people people, for God's Sake!]] sake!]] Did I miss something? Was I away when they changed the rules?
4th Feb '15 4:59:00 AM SteveMB
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* LeaningOnTheFourthWall: One of the Riddler's laments sounds like those of fans of the 1960s ''Series/{{Batman}}'' show.
-->'''Riddler''': No one ever hurt anybody. Not really. Nobody died. You look around these days ó It's all different. It's all changed. The Joker's killing people for God's Sake! Did I miss something? Was I away when they changed the rules?

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* LeaningOnTheFourthWall: One In the trade-paperback bonus story "When Is A Door?", one of the Riddler's laments sounds like those of fans of the 1960s ''Series/{{Batman}}'' show.
-->'''Riddler''': No one ever hurt anybody. Not really. Nobody died. You look around these days ó [[NothingIsTheSameAnymore It's all different. It's all changed. ]] [[DarkerAndEdgier The Joker's killing people for God's Sake! Sake!]] Did I miss something? Was I away when they changed the rules?
24th Jan '15 6:46:05 AM DannWoolf
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* Foreshadowing: During Alfred's story, there's a panel of [[spoiler:Bruce and his mom reading the Goodnight book together.]]

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* Foreshadowing: {{Foreshadowing}}: During Alfred's story, there's a panel of [[spoiler:Bruce and his mom reading the Goodnight book together.]]
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