Batman is the most guarded and guarded character in the DC Comics Universe. It’s hard to earn the Dark Knight’s respect and even harder to earn his trust. Few heroes, allies, or even family members find their way into Batman’s inner circle, and those who understand it are a sacred honor and trust.
There have been times in Batman’s 80+ year history, however, where the Caped Crusader’s trust has been shattered. When that happens, getting back into Batman’s good graces is a daunting task. Batman has a long memory and those who break his trust are not easily forgiven.
10/10 Alfred refused to mistreat Robin
There hasn’t been a more staunch ally in Batman’s war on crime than Alfred Pennyworth, Bruce Wayne’s trusted butler, doctor and confidant. However, even Alfred has boundaries he will not cross. In All-Star Batman & Robin, The Boy Wonder #4 by Frank Miller, Jim Lee, Scott Williams, Alex Sinclair, and Jared K. Fletcher, Batman brings a traumatized Dick Grayson back to the Batcave.
He insists that the young boy feed himself by catching rats. Alfred refuses to allow this and prepares a meal for young Dick. Batman remarks that the boy could “fuck it all up”, suggesting that, for the first time, he doesn’t know how much he can trust Alfred to help him further his crusade against crime.
9/10 Batman Wouldn’t Forgive Hal Jordan
In the early 1990s, Hal Jordan betrayed the Green Lantern Corps and the DC Universe at large when he became Parallax and attempted to rewrite history for his own ends. In Green Lantern: Rebirthwriter Geoff Johns revealed that Jordan was under the control of a fear-based entity.
It wasn’t enough to make Batman forgive Jordan. Even after Jordan regained control of his mind and body and resumed his place as Green Lantern, Batman viewed Jordan with considerable suspicion, promising to keep tabs on his former Justice League teammate.
8/10 Batman Never Forgave Superman For Giving Up In The Dark Knight Returns
by Frank Miller Return of the Dark Knight is, for many readers, the definitive portrait of the fractured relationship between Batman and Superman. In Miller’s seminal Batman tale, the Justice League is forced into isolation by the US government, except for Superman who is allowed to continue his activities in secret, provided he helps the military if needed. .
Before the climactic battle between Batman and Superman, Batman makes his distrust of the Man of Steel and his motives clear. The idea that Superman was a government lapdog and overly beholden to authority remained a staple of their rocky friendship. However, within Miller’s pages, the animosity was deeply rooted in Batman’s own feelings of betrayal.
7/10 Tommy Elliot went from childhood friend to bitter enemy
Batman: Hush introduces Dr. Thomas Elliot into the Batman story. A childhood friend of Bruce Wayne, Elliot was called in to help repair Bruce’s body after an attack by the mysterious Hush. At the end of the story, however, it was revealed that Hush was, in fact, none other than Dr. Elliot.
The pages of silence saw Batman constantly wondering who he could trust, as it seemed that one of his many enemies might have information about his secret identity. When it was finally revealed to be Thomas Elliot, Bruce’s tight ability to trust was further eroded.
6/10 The Justice League pushed Batman to develop Brother Eye
During the events of Identity crisis, Batman discovered that the Justice League was using Zatanna’s powers to erase the minds of villains who had learned the League’s true identity. As a result, Batman’s own memory of the events was erased, leaving a lingering mistrust in the Dark Knight’s subconscious.
When Batman became fully aware of what had happened to him, he decided the League could no longer be fully trusted, and he developed the Brother Eye satellite to spy on superhuman activities. The technology was co-opted by Maxwell Lord, resulting in the OMAC project, which – in turn – played a significant role in the events of Infinite Crisis. Batman’s mistrust had huge ramifications for the DCU.
5/10 Trusting Selina Kyle is never easy for Batman
Bruce Wayne and Selina Kyle have had a rocky relationship over the years, to say the least. Batman’s trust in Catwoman was never rock solid, but it seemed like it was as certain as possible when the two were to wed in 2018. However, Selina threw a wrench in the couple’s plans by failing Bruce. at the altar, a humiliating one. ordeal for Batman.
Selina’s reasoning was that a happy, content Batman couldn’t be an effective guardian for Gotham City. However, as pure as her motives are, Bruce’s faith in her has been shaken and has yet to truly recover.
4/10 Two-Face’s credibility was too strained to trust
It seemed for some time in the DCU that Harvey Dent, aka Two-Face, had reformed his criminal ways. He revealed in the above silence that he had undergone plastic surgery to repair his scarred face and was determined to try his luck on the right side of the law.
In the pages of the “Face The Face” storyline after the events of Infinite Crisis, all signs of a recent string of murders point to the so-called reformed Two-Face. Ultimately, Dent was trapped, but the trauma of the surrounding events unfortunately forced Dent to scar his face again and resume his career as Two-Face. It’s arguable that Batman himself is the traitor in this case, but Dent’s bruised reputation certainly didn’t help matters.
3/10 Jason Todd betrayed the teachings of Batman
For years, Batman considered the tragic death of Jason Todd his greatest failure. When Todd reappeared in “Under The Red Hood” using the guise of the Red Hood to exact violent revenge as Gotham’s new vigilante, Batman was terrified and disappointed.
Batman always considered young Jason to be too violent and reckless, but he tried to instill in the boy the dark knight’s sense of honor and morality. For Jason Todd, using lethal force as Red Hood was a break from his teachings that Batman could never truly recover from.
2/10 Bruce Wayne’s own father tried to break him up
The Thomas Wayne of Breaking point The universe became Batman following the murder of his universe’s Bruce. Thanks to the machinations of the Reverse-Flash, this darker, scarier version of Batman wanted to make sure his son gave up on the crusade against crime.
By conspiring with Bane, the alternate Thomas Wayne attempted to psychologically break his son to the point that Bane was able to physically break Batman. Even after this plan fails, Thomas holds Bruce at gunpoint, demanding that he renounce his war on crime. Even though the plan failed, being betrayed by Thomas Wayne – the man whose loss inspired him to take up the mantle of Batman in the first place – was a kind of betrayal that Bruce couldn’t quite reconcile.
1/10 Another Dick Grayson Became An Enemy Of Batman
At Frank Miller’s Black Knight continuity, Dick Grayson was so psychologically traumatized by his training and indoctrination at the hands of Batman that he became a deadly adversary. In The dark knight strikes againthe ultimate villain is revealed to be Dick Grayson, so scarred by his experiences as Robin that he attempts to dismantle the Dark Knight.
Looking back, it was Batman’s treatment of his former ward that led Dick to this lowly state. But in Batman’s eyes, Dick Grayson had betrayed his oath to be a soldier and part of the dynamic duo in Batman’s war on crime. Batman essentially saw Dick’s fate as a dereliction of duty and had no qualms about sending Dick to a grim fate at the end of the story.
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