Chris Claremont may be being exclusive to Marvel Comics these days, but that doesn't mean he's not inclined to D character ideasC from time to time.
"Here 's wacky thought: imagine the Wayne murders - not an occasional accident but the first step in a corporate takeover, " Claremont writes on Facebook . "Young Bruce is not found by the cops but by a pair of street kids, Selina Kyle and Harline Fifteen (street name, you guessed it , Harley Quinn). "
Claremont has never written a Batman comic strip in plain sight - closest to him is writing JLA 's arc of the tenth circle, which featured Batman, in the early 2000s. But his pitch for this teenage Batman wouldn't be anything like that - or really all.what DC has done before.
"[Bruce] grows up with them, on the dark side of the law. The best thieves / crooks ever; Gotham's mad guardians are lost, robbing the rich to help the poor," the writer continues. "Bruce is a brilliant improviser, born tactician; a truly dark knight. Selina, the strategic brain. Harley [is] a crazy inspiration. "
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Batman 's nemesis the Joker would be there, but leading a very different army as "the core of Gotham 's elite. "
"Children in revolutionary conflict with the establishment, " Claremont says. "Imagine young Bruce as the only person who can keep outsmarting the alien flying across the bay in Metropolis. Makes Superman go nuts but also earns his respect. "
Like all classic Claremont comics, these are as much heroes versus villains as they are love - and love triangles.
"Imagine the love triangle between Harley, Selena and Bruce - the total angst of adolescence! " adds the writer. "Make it outrageous, have fun !!!!! For characters and readers alike. Ahhh, the DC that never was, probably never will be again. Total fun that long.lasted… "
Claremont uses the word " imagine "repeatedly, which reminds us of when DC hired Stan Lee for a series of reboots of its main characters, billed like "Imagine Stan Lee creating ... "
Would you like to read this Claremont story ... or a whole series of Claremont reimaginings of DC's best heroes?