DC Comics: Batman created a failsafe for himself

Ben Affleck (Batman / Bruce Wayne) in Zack Snyder's Justice League. Photograph by Courtesy of HBO Max
Ben Affleck (Batman / Bruce Wayne) in Zack Snyder's Justice League. Photograph by Courtesy of HBO Max /

In case he needed to be stopped, Bruce Wayne created a robot to stop Batman. It looks like Bruce made him a little too good.

“Batman has a plan for everything” is a quote that many DC Comics fans know and use. It may have started in JLA: Tower of Babel. During that classic comic book story, Ra’s Al Ghul found plans to take out the Justice League. A set of schemes he took from Batman’s computer. Apparently, the Dark Knight concocted ways to take out his friends. Among them was using Scarecrow’s fear toxin to make Aquaman afraid of water. Without water, he’d die.

"“My mistake was not making them secure enough.” – Batman to Superman"

After everything was said and done, the Justice League had a choice to make. They had to decide if Bruce Wayne would be allowed to remain on the Justice League. Can they trust the guy who made plans to defeat and possibly kill them? Before the decision could be made, Bruce was gone. At the time, that was the end of that. However, Batman No. 127 (written by Chip Zdarsky) showed what happened after.

Superman had questions. He wanted to know who would stop Batman if he went too far. Bruce said it was the Justice League. Superman then asked how the League takes down the guy who’s planned to beat them? That’s a question that Bruce didn’t have the answer to because there was already a plan in place. Unfortunately, Bruce made himself forget about it.

"“Of course not. I’m too damned good.” – Batman"

Batman failsafe

In Batman No. 125, Oswald Cobblepot framed the Dark Knight for murder by killing himself. Penguin knows that he can’t kill Bats, but he said this would end him. That leads to the media calling the Dark Knight a murderer. Crime went down after that, but Bruce knew something was wrong. He was right. Once the news was released that Gotham City’s hero was a killer, Bruce’s robot failsafe was activated.

In the next issue, the robot beat Batman and the Bat-Family. However, it wasn’t trying to kill the Bat-Family. Just get them out of the way. It knew all of their moves and countered them. It even found a way to remove Oracle’s communication. Of course, Bruce had a contingency for his contingency. He put a different personality in his head. Too bad that one didn’t work either. This new persona was willing to sacrifice Tim Drake (Red Robin) to survive. Bruce saw this and regained control.

While Batman is getting attacked by his robot doppelganger, Oracle makes a call. She gets through to Superman who stops Batman from being killed. But will it be enough? Bruce may have programmed the robot to stop the Man of Steel because he knew that Superman would come to his aid. It makes sense that he’d add something to stop him as well, probably something involving a kryptonite to stun him.

We’ll have to wait and see.

Stay tuned to Bam Smack Pow to find out.

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