In the latest issue of DC Comics’ Batman: The Knight, Bruce Wayne is seemingly inspired by Ra’s al Ghul to eventually form his Bat-Family.
Warning! This post contains SPOILERS ahead for Batman: The Knight #9
In the latest issue of DC Comics’ Batman: The Knight, Bruce Wayne is seemingly inspired to create his future family of vigilantes thanks to his first-ever encounter with Ra’s al Ghul. Having nearly completed his training overseas before beginning his crusade against Gotham’s criminals, Bruce still has one teacher left who carries the most important lessons of all. While Ra’s al Ghul wants to help the proto-Dark Knight define his future, he seems to have inspired the creation of DC’s Bat-Family as well, putting a somewhat darker spin on the group of Gotham heroes.
In previous issues of The Knight from writer Chip Zdarsky with art by Carmine di Giandomenico, Bruce Wayne has learned from some of the most dangerous and highly skilled teachers in the DC Universe. Gaining a variety of different skills and vocations that will help him become Gotham’s Caped Crusader, Bruce and fellow student Minkhoa Khan (the future Ghost-Maker) have both gained the attention of none other than Ra’s al Ghul, the Demon’s Head and leader of the League of Assassins.
Now, Batman: The Knight #9 sees Bruce and Minkhoa answering the summons of al Ghul who intends to reshape their future endeavors and give them greater purpose. Offering them a place among his League of Assassins, Ra’s reveals his desire to remove concepts such as greed and starvation from humanity via the construction of self-sustaining cities he collectively refers to as his Lazarus project. Despite Bruce’s cynicism about the purpose of al Ghul’s League, it seems as though he still finds them impressive, recognizing their value to al Ghul’s mission (even if Ra’s intends to save the world using any means necessary).
Batman’s Family Was Inspired By Ra’s al Ghul’s League of Assassins
Fast-tracking to the present, it’s not hard to see the parallels between Ra’s al Ghul’s League of Assassins and Bruce Wayne’s Bat-Family. Both are groups of capable fighters dedicated to the mission of their leaders and have been trained to be the best. As such, it appears as though this issue is drawing a strong connection between the two during Bruce’s origins. Whether he intended to be inspired by Ra’s or not, his family of vigilantes similarly aids his crusade just as the League serves the vision of the Demon.
Although Bruce’s family actually is a family with love and many whom Batman sees as his kids like his Robins, they’re also an army of vigilantes who help Bruce fulfill his mission. The League fulfills the same function for Ra’s al Ghul. As such, the implication made by this issue certainly gives the origins of Batman’s family a subtle yet darker new color in the DC Universe. Batman: The Knight #9 is on sale now.
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