To be honest, I've never really agreed with the version seen in Batman Beyond. It was rather dumbed down and generic, though the concept of Terry was great.
I've imagined an older Batman to be like this:
I prefer not to think of Batman as old, as my vision of him is timeless and forever without needing to worry about aging. But if I have to pick, I would say that we haven't seen an "older" Batman that I like yet. TDKR was a bit too unhinged and gritty for my tastes. And Batman Beyond Bruce just didn't really feel right to me.
Have to go with Kingdom Come Bruce distories his body fighting for justice and unlike those losers in Rises and Beyond Bruce continues to fight even if it means having support his body in a suit for the rest of his life becuase Batman dosnt retire.
Actually, Batman Beyond Old Man Wayne is one of my favorite versions of an older Batman. I'm willing to accept his advisory role to a younger apprentice because he's physically incapable of doing the sort of things Batman needs to do, which creates an interesting psychology for him. There's a rage seething just below the surface with him. Batman is the consummate warrior but he's been denied his warrior's death. He would go out and fight until the very end but he's past the ability to do that. If he were to go out at his advanced age and condition, it would place the people he's trying to protect in harms way rather than delivering them from it. While he's glad there's a Batman out protecting Gotham and he plays an invaluable part in that, there's a piece of him that hates every moment of it because it's someone else fighting his war. His mind is as sharp as ever which is both a blessing and a curse. He can train and advise a new Batman and keep the mission alive. He's also acutely aware of how much has changed and how much has been lost. In his soul he's as much Batman as he ever was but he's trapped inside a withered form. After a thousand battles he was finally brought low by his own body turning traitor. That's how I think about it anyway.
@lordofthenorth: who knows what Blake did with that stuff? Bruce could've just wanted to give him more tech to be a cop with. Bruce retired before when the dent act got rid of crime. He retired this time because killing bane and Talia got rid of crime again. I wouldn't say his body was broken since he was able to beat bane and escape from a nuclear bomb in less than ten seconds
@rustyroy: Becuase the Docter saying he completely distoried his body and than his body being fine out of no where makes the scen before hand meaningless becuase now it has no bearing on the plot
And when did that ever stop Batman? The comic book Batman's suffered more and is still good as new.
Batman Beyond minus Terry and his relationship with Batgirl was perfect. It wasn't dumbed down and it made sense while keeping in true with the character. To be honest the Dark Knight returns IMO from what I saw was dumbed down in certain areas and wank fest in others.
Something like Kingdom Come would also be good.
Dead. Batman dies young imo.
This. Perfect ending. Then Robin takes over the role and the Batman becomes immortal through the generations. From apprentice to master and the cycle repeats.
If he have to be old, then Kingdom Come is what I would think it is more true to the character. TDKR Bats, was nuts and every decision he made was short-sighted.
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