Batman finally gets the one thing we never thought he would: A happy ending

Chip Zdarsky began his run of Batman when Bruce Wayne was at his worst. Now, The Dark Knight isn't just happy, he's in the best emotional place he's been in years.
Batman: Failsafe | Interview with Chip Zdarsky and Jorge Jimenez | DC
Batman: Failsafe | Interview with Chip Zdarsky and Jorge Jimenez | DC / DC

When Chip Zdarsky took over as the writer for Batman, the Dark Knight’s life was going to Hell. It started with Alfred’s death in Batman: City of Bane. Later, in The Joker War, Bruce Wayne lost all his money, and trouble between him and Catwoman began. Chip Zdarsky came in right after that.

It's been a long and winding road for the Caped Crusader since. Failsafe attempted to kill Bruce which led to Batman releasing his alternate personality, Zur-En-Arrh, traveling through the multiverse and losing his hand. When he returned to his normal Earth, Catwoman proposed a new way to help criminals in the Gotham War; Batman got furious at her and the members of the Bat Family who agreed with her.

Eventually, readers discovered that Zur-En-Arrh influenced everything Bruce was doing since Batman: Failsafe. Thankfully, he learned what happened before it was too late. With Zur-En-Arrh gone from his mind (and in the failsafe robot), Batman called his family to help him destroy it. It took the death of Red Hood, but they succeeded.

With all his enemies defeated and DC: Comics Absolute Power coming soon, no one knew what was next for Bruce. However, no one would have predicted the next step was happiness.

Batman's happy ending

With the help of his clone created by Zur-En-Arrh, Bruce Wayne learned that Zur had over three billion dollars hidden away. As a result, Bruce was rich again. He could fund his heroics without worrying about where the money would come from. It seemed like the next step would be to buy his parents’ home so everything could return to normal. Instead, he shocked the world and did something different, taking a page from Nightwing’s book.

First, he bought a mansion in the middle of Gotham. He said he needed to know the people they were helping and the only way to do that was to be among them. It isn’t just a building in Gotham; Bruce bought a lot of the surrounding blocks.

Bruce plans to build affordable housing, space for charitable organizations, and green space. In the middle of it all is Pennyworth Manor. A place he can call home and hopes that the Bat-Family will too. The latter is what Nightwing has done in Bludhaven (that happens in Nightwing by Tom Taylor).

Yes, DC Comics’ crossover Absolute Power is coming and things will get bad. Yes, in Batman No. 148, the Bat-Family left the Failsafe robot and now Amanda Waller has it and will use it against Batman and his peers. But, for the first time in years, Bruce Wayne is happy and in a good place. Let’s enjoy this moment while it lasts. Who knows, Maybe Alfred will somehow come back too.

Stay tuned to Bam Smack Pow to find out what’s next for Batman and the rest of the DC Comics universe. 

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