Dave Galanter
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Subj: The whole thing about Bruce and the money is a huge mistake....
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Once again we see nothing happen. We are told that Catwoman has to deal with her enemies, that Lucius has Bruce's money and Bruce will have it back if he wants, but eyes will be on him so he can't spend it.

Bruce never asks for the money back and says he'll move into a brownstone in the city that he didn't even know he owned. We're told that the city changed and all the Joker goons just took off their masks so no one knows who they are but apparently Clownkiller is tracking them down.

Again, that's not how money works. If Joker paid the goons, then there is a money trail. The Board pays off Bruce, but he owns the stock. Stock deals can be nullified when fraud is proven. Lucius says he has tens of billions of dollars in cash, but Bruce didn't have a Scrooge McDuck money bin. His assets were stock, real estate, etc. These aren't liquid assets. Converting them to cash would be impossible even if a whiff of fraud were suspected.

So what assets does Bruce have? We don't know. We are told that he can't spend what money he has without receiving attention, so if he breaks the batmobile, he'll have to fix it without using Wayne Enterprises resources. I don't think he ever did that because employees would have had to do the work and why would they keep their mouths shut?

Bruce living in the city. Already been done. This whole slimmed down Batman goes back to the VIP concept launched when Robin went to college. There is nothing new under the sun with Tynion. Keeping Catwoman and Batman apart is just annoying. We still really haven't dealt with Alfred's death.

All this is a rehash of stuff that's been done before and the fear of actually going forward with the character development that people actually like - Bat/Cat - built on a foundation of unbelievable financial structure. What will happen to all the charities Bruce supports? We don't know. He used his fortune to help a lot of people, is that money gone. The way foundations work doesn't even seem to have a play in this world.

Also, what about the rest of the Bat-family. What are their feelings, what are their roles in the new world order. We aren't even told this, let alone shown.

I am not impressed, but I could be wrong.

First of all, part of the reason why Batman is so cool is because of all his high tech gadgets. Like it or not, as readers, we live vicariously through the adventures of the characters we follow. And part of what makes Batman's adventures so endearing to readers is that he has all those "wonderful toys". Without billions of dollars, how can he afford a steady supply of batarangs and other bat gadgets?

Second, the explanation given to readers, through the conversation of Lucious Fox with Batman, that he can no longer use the money, because the government is watching...it makes no sense. If that were the case, then the government already know that Bruce Wayne is Batman. Then that's the end of his story. The only reason why Batman can operate is because of his secret identity. If the government knows about it, everytime he comes out as Batman, he will be arrested. Even as Bruce Wayne, he can no longer go out in public and would have to get a new identity, because he will be arrested on sight for all his past vigilante acts.

Third, the explanation given by Lucious Fox is a very thin one, devoid of logic. It's just an excuse to pass the money on to another family, so they can have a colored "Batman" of their own. I am not a racist, but, I didn't like when Marvel told readers that Thor is somehow unworthy just so they can write a female Thor, I certainly do not like it if they take what makes Batman "cool" just to make another character shine. Make that character shine all on his own, and keep what makes Bruce Wayne cool as Batman.

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