Editor’s Note: the author is Keith Feltenstein.
Our next Versus round goes to who would make a better Bruce Wayne? Would it be Michael Keaton or Christian Bale?
Bruce Wayne had been born to wealthy but civic-minded parents. The noble Doctor Thomas Wayne and the philanthropic Martha Wayne had worked tirelessly to reverse Gotham City’s urban decline, and had become renown for their glittering charity fundraisers and their support of initiatives to stimulate the city’s growth as a place without crime and poverty. One night when he was ten years old, Bruce had accompanied his parents to see Footlight Frenzy at the Monarch Theatre in downtown Gotham. Following the show, his father had decided they should walk for a bit before taking a cab back to Wayne Manor. ? It wasn’t long before his mother had noticed someone following them. Attempting to evade the followers, who turned out to be two hoodlums, Bruce’s parents found themselves cornered in a dead-end alley as the hoods, on orders to kill the Waynes due to their meddling in mafia affairs, confronted them with guns drawn. As one of the hoods grabbed for Martha’s pearl necklace, Thomas tried to stop him only to be gunned down by the other hood; Bruce’s mother was then also gunned down. As the first hoodlum started away, the second turned to shoot Bruce but was dissuaded by his fleeing companion. Bruce would never forget the man’s evil grin as he had aimed the gun at him, or the cryptic question he had asked: “Have you ever danced with the devil in the pale moon light?”. The violent deaths of Bruce’s parents fractured his psyche. To cope with the trauma he became obsessed with eradicating crime from Gotham’s streets so that no one else would suffer the same pain. He studied combat, science, psychology, and criminology. With the assistance of his butler and guardian, Alfred Pennyworth, he developed new technologies and weapons in the “Bat Caves” beneath Wayne Manor, and a new persona for himself—that of “the Batman,” a frightening, phantom-like vigilante whose self-appointed mission was to lurk the darkened streets of Gotham, meting out rough justice to criminals.
Michael Keaton is an actor that played Bruce Wayne/ Batman in the movies Batman (1989) and Batman Returns (1992). His alter-ego and personality deviation of Bruce Wayne, formed in response to the sudden and brutal murder of his parents when he was ten. A dark, brooding spectre, Batman sees himself as the protector of Gotham City, aiming to clean up the city’s crime and corruption while bringing its criminals to justice by any means necessary.
Christian Bale is a Welsh actor who portrayed Bruce Wayne, and his caped crusader counterpart Batman in Batman Begins (2005), The Dark Knight (2008) and The Dark Knight Rises (2012). He is one of only five actors to appear in all three films, and the actor to play Bruce Wayne/Batman the most times in live-action films.
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