Batman has done such a great job setting up franchises of heroes all across the globe that he forgot to put one in the city he shares a name with.
SPOILERS for The Batman & Scooby-Doo Mysteries #1!With so many versions of Batman spread out all over the world, DC Comics is teasing one obvious place The Dark Knight should be.
Before Batman established Batman Inc., there was a group called the Batmen of All Nations. They were an international group that became superheroes because they were inspired by Batman including Man of Bats, El Gaucho, Knight and Squire, and more. Working together with Scooby-Doo’s Mystery Inc., this group of heroes uncovered a mysterious plan in an abandoned Western town involving an EMP generator that was placed there by Ra’s al Ghul.
In The Batman & Scooby-Doo Mysteries #1 by Sholly Fisch and Dario Brizuela, the group jet sets around the world in order to find where Ra’s Al Ghul is hiding. After tracking down leads in Argentina and England, Alfred analyzed residue of coffee that was found on Ra’s al Ghul’s henchman, who also said that his boss would strike at the heart of Batman. When it’s pointed out that there is no Batman from their group stationed in Turkey, Batman says that there is one. It’s just not a human Batman. Instead, it’s an actual town that’s named ‘Batman.’
Batman, Turkey Should Get A Dark Knight
This might be a hilarious and clever tidbit that is perfect for a Batman team-up with Scooby-Doo, however, it’s also a big hint for DC Comics. The fact that they are placing different versions of Batman all over the world, it only makes sense that they put a Batman in a town that is actually called Batman. It would be just too fitting, and they could even call him “The Batman of Batman.” Or perhaps, they don’t even need to station a different version of Batman there permanently. They could do a miniseries or a more in-depth story of Batman going on an adventure in a town with his own name.
Given the silliness of it all and the propensity for never-ending jokes and puns, the tone of the Scooby-Doo comics and the Batmen of All Nations group would be perfect for this type of character. The Batmen of All Nations is an older group that eventually evolved and was rebooted into Batman Inc, which is a bit more serious. So, if this character would ever come to fruition, it would make sense for him not to appear in the mainstream DC Universe. But still, the opportunity to have a Batman in a town with his same name is just too good for DC to let slip by.
The Batman & Scooby-Doo Mysteries #1 is now available from DC Comics.