By showing off Batman’s tech, The Batman’s Grave does illustrate the Caped Crusader’s problem as a vulnerable human in an armored suit. Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy of movies offered a bold, technologically superior look at DC’s Batman.
With Batman Begins (year 2005), The Dark Knight (2008), and The Dark Knight Rises (year 2012), the Nolan Batman movies gave an alternate look at the Gotham’s Dark Knight with militarized tech and a protective armor, going above and even beyond the spandex and the leather costumes of the past.
While this look was at odds with many of the Batman’s comics at the time, a new Batman series titled, The Batman’s Grave plays out like a spiritual successor to the Christopher Nolan trilogy.
The Batman’s Grave, by Bryan Hitch, Warren Ellis, and Alex Sinclair, stars a heavily armored Caped Crusader that would be familiar to the fans of Nolan’s movies. The series also provides a look into Batman’s detective skills and methodology, as it follows his investigation of a murder.
Unable to envision a killer’s perspective, in typical Batman fashion, instead, he puts himself in the shoes of the victim and even uncovers a plot that threatens his self-concept as both Batman and the philanthropist, Bruce Wayne.
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The series is full of great action sequences straight out of a Nolan Batman movie, prompting a question of what it really means for Batman to be such a heavily armored figure amid a Gotham wrought by grandiose threats.
The Batmobile has even the look and power of a tank, while the Batsuit is fully bulletproof. There are also extended action scenes with little to no dialogue. At one point in time, a Gotham street caves, and then it collapses beneath the Batmobile, recalling the scale of Bane’s destruction of the football stadium of Gotham in The Dark Knight Rises.
Between these spectacles that would be truly right at home in Nolan’s movies, there is undoubtedly a focus in the series on how the Batman can sustain a significant amount of damage.
Ultimately, The Batman’s Grave is a Batman story of the post-Nolan era, one that tackles many of his all contradictions as a character across media.
For all of the mythologizing that the movies do for his character, Batman is still inescapably human in The Batman’s Grave‘s finale.
Human mortality’s fragility has always been a facet of Batman stories and likely will continue to be. The series also managed to represent this while also blending some of Christopher Nolan’s franchise’s most memorable parts.