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Who's Your Daddy?

I get a message.  It specifically recalls my post about Batman and Catwoman screwing like bunnies.  I mentioned that longtime Batfans like myself have always suspected (if not flat out believed) that Bruce Wayne is Dick Grayson's dad.  His response to this?  "Citation needed."  So here's my attempt to not only back it up, but potentially pin the murders of the Flying Graysons on Bruce Wayne.

Wait, what?  Peter, have you gone full derp?  Not at all.  Ask yourself this:  why did Bruce Wayne never adopt Dick Grayson?  It was clear that Bruce loved him (like a dad, smart ass).  But Dick was never more than Bruce's ward.  Why?  Why not just make everything official?

Because it would have reopened an investigation into the death of the Flying Graysons, one I suspect Bruce Wayne was responsible for.

Let's think about Bruce Wayne.  Bruce Wayne sees his parents killed and decides to become a crime fighter.  Part of this means leaping around buildings, swinging through the air, and so on.  This is acrobat stuff.

And where do you go to learn acrobat stuff?

You go to acrobats.  Like the Flying Graysons.  Who were about the same age as Bruce.

The key thing here is that Bruce was heavily into puberty at the time, as presumably was Mary Grayson.  My theory states the two would probably have had some teen-age fun, and probably an accidental pregnancy.

Did Mary know too much about Bruce and what he was doing, or put the peices together when word got around of some guy dressed as a bat leaping around Gotham City?  Or was she after an extortion racket, either as the Batman or to get the millionaire playboy to pony up some dough for the kid?  Maybe John Grayson was the key figure, angling for revenge for Bruce boffing his wife.  The fact is, when the Graysons fell to their death, Batman (not Bruce Wayne, but the goddamn Batman) was right there, offering to take Dick under his wing, nailing a mob boss and pinning it on him.

Bob Kane drew Bruce and Dick looking like they shared a family resemblence.  And the timing is suspicious.  Why would Bruce Wayne bring his Bat suit to a circus act and change into it so quickly to offer Dick his vengeance?  In order for a formal adoption to be made, they would have looked into the history of the Flying Graysons.  And maybe found out too much about Bruce Wayne/Batman.  He either did it to cover his tracks or shut down an extortion scheme.

And that's my theory.

What do you think, sirs?


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Sep. 28th, 2011 02:21 am (UTC)
I don't see how NOT adopting him proves Dick is his son. Saying Dick resembles Bruce seems kinda weird as well; you can say that about all the Robins, even Jason. (Obvious exception being Damian.) Besides, he did adopt Dick.

I believe it's part of Batman's canon that he left the US after the death of his family to study in Europe and Asia to accumulate his skill set - including acrobatics. Personally I don't call Batman's moves "acrobatics" - it looks more like martial arts and some gymnastics. The only way your version could work is if The Flying Graysons/Haley's Circus/Mary was in Europe at the time for the hookup. Which is, in fact, possible, I guess. I think some Nightwing issue puts Mary in Europe at the time she met John, but I still think Bruce was on his way back to the US by that time. By 20-ish Bruce was looking into joining the FBI (I thought), and Dick is 8 or so when his parents die. I know you can't judge by appearances in comics and Bruce is basically immortally 35 but Bruce looked like he was in his early 30s at the accident. Maybe still possible, but I think it's far more likely that John is the father.

The fact is, when the Graysons fell to their death, Batman (not Bruce Wayne, but the goddamn Batman) was right there, offering to take Dick under his wing, nailing a mob boss and pinning it on him.

Dick overheard gangsters threatening the circus owner beforehand, so it's not like Bruce completely made it up. As for why Bruce would've been carrying a Batsuit, he's the goddamn Batman and he's prepared for everything. (In other words, DUNNO!) Actually, I thought the contemporary telling of it was that Bruce was at the circus and witnessed the tragedy along with everyone else in the audience, and it was seeing Dick, totally crushed and orphaned, that made him deeply sympathize with the kid. Dick was turned over to an orphanage, but eventually Bruce petitioned a judge (who was reluctant to allow a child in the home of someone of Bruce's reputation) to adopt Dick as his ward. I'm not sure if this is still canon these days, but I could've sworn this was how they were telling it in the 90s.

Edited at 2011-09-28 02:23 am (UTC)
Sep. 30th, 2011 12:17 am (UTC)
In my defense, my theory is based on the original Bob Kane works. I know it wasn't something anyone REALLY thought to explore, and by then, the assumption was simple. I vaguely recall the first Nightwing miniseries where the narrative was Dick finding out if the Graysons were really his parents. I skimmed through it, was unimpressed, and no, Batman wasn't it.

So I admit the canon as it stands now pretty much poo-poo's my idea. But looking at those early noir stories, I can't shake the idea out of my head.
Sep. 29th, 2011 08:49 am (UTC)
Interesting! It's not a theory I've ever heard before, but it does answer some questions.
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