'Dark Knight' Reading: Batman's Comic Book Lows


by Ryan Rigley

Superheroes may be super, but they're certainly not perfect. They make mistakes just like the rest of us! Case in point being Batman. In "The Dark Knight Rises," Batman makes the huge mistake of going up against Bane without doing all of his homework — a decision that does not end well. Luckily for us, it's easier to crush Batman's body than it is his spirit.

Believe it or not, this isn't the first time that Batman has been caught off his A-game. In fact, there have been several comic books in recent years in which Batman has been either drugged, driven insane, or just too slow to prevent the deaths of his loved ones.

Check out our list of Batman's greatest failures after the jump!


Batman addicted to steroids? It happened! After failing to rescue an innocent young lady due to his lack of brute strength, Batman decides to start taking Venom pills. Many of you will recognize Venom as the highly addictive steroid compound that Bane frequently abuses; clearly Batman didn't quite think this one through. Throughout the course of "Venom," we see Batman becoming more and more unstable until eventually he decides to go cold turkey and locks himself in the Batcave for 30 days.

"Through the Looking Glass"

In this first ever encounter with The Mad Hatter, Batman is forced to sift his way through a crazed Wonderland after accidentally eating a bunch of poison mushrooms. Largely inspired by "Alice: Through the Looking-Glass," by Lewis Carroll, Bruce chases a white rabbit down into the sewers and subsequently attempts to solve a murder. We're never quite sure how much of the story takes place in the real world, but it's safe to assume that the majority of it is just in Bruce Wayne's head.

"A Death In the Family"

As Jason Todd (the second Robin) travels to the Middle East to find out more about his birth mother, The Joker conspires with Iranian terrorists who plan on wreaking havoc on a global scale. So not only does Batman lose track of Robin, but he also lets The Joker escape to halfway around the world. And to make matters worse, he doesn't even show up until after The Joker has beaten Robin to death with a crowbar!

"The Widening Gyre"

Written by Kevin Smith, "The Widening Gyre" focuses on Batman's budding relationship with an old flame, Silver St. Cloud, and a new masked vigilante, Baphomet. Throughout the course of this story we see Batman making a series of bad choices, i.e. thinking his girlfriend is a robot, revealing his secret identity to Baphomet, bringing somebody that he just met into the Batcave, etc. Also, he confesses to wetting his pants during a mission. Imagine Christian Bale saying that!

"Batman R.I.P."

Due to a very elaborate trap set up by The Black Glove (a mysterious group of dastardly people), Batman loses all of his memories and his sanity. Waking up in a heap of garbage, he fashions himself a costume made out of red, yellow and purple rags and begins referring to himself as "The Batman of Zur-En-Arrh." Armed with a baseball bat, a broken radio, and various pieces of trash, Batman storms Arkham Asylum with the hopes of finding out what the hell has happened to him.

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