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by Mary Borsellinoon Batman
Even if you know nothing else about the Batman tale, you probably know how it began: a wealthy family, walking home from an evening out, is mugged at gunpoint. The robbery goes bad, shots are fired, the mother and father die. Only their son is left behind–the young Bruce Wayne.
This is the prototypical myth of Batman, the origin story from which all others spring. The simplicity of it makes it primal, and allows it to be retold quickly and easily as often as required. With each of these retellings, new embellishments are suggested, and the myth evolves. Thomas and Martha Wayne, the ill-fated victims of street crime, have been written as kind philanthropists, blithe socialites, resigned martyrs, concerned parents, and heroes in their own right. They’ve died in the ’20s, the ’50s, the ’70s, the ’90s. Sometimes they haven’t died at all.
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