What if Warner Bros. decided to go on with the canceled Batman Triumphant? What if they made it extremely dark, with virtually no humor whatsoever, as was planned?
A year after the events of Batman & Robin, Bruce Wayne's life is in a serious downward spiral. A huge fight and bitter falling-out over Robin and Batgirl's carelessness and reckless behavior has caused Dick and Barbara to break off the partnership with him and go solo, and Bruce's once-solid relationship with Julie Madison is crumbling due to the fact that he refuses to get married, will not divulge solid reasons as to why, and has told her almost nothing of his personal life.
Additionally, Bruce fears that he has lost his greatest weapons in the fight against crime: his mystique and his enemies' fear.
As he considers possibly hanging up the cape and cowl for good and pursue a normal life, Bruce takes in a recently-orphaned teen named Tim Drake, a very brilliant boy who knows of the former's secret identity, having deduced it sometime back.
As Bruce starts to get his life back together and repair his relationship with Julie, new threats hit Gotham City in the forms of the Scarecrow, Harley Quinn, the Mad Hatter, and Man-Bat.
After Julie is kidnapped and Bruce learns of the threats his new enemies present (The Scarecrow's development of a “fear gas” that causes people to hallucinate their worst fears and paranoias; Harley Quinn's using her charisma and psychology degree to gradually turn people against Batman, as her obsession with the Joker has caused her to swear revenge on the former; the Mad Hatter's hardware, disguised as trendy new hats, that can control the brain and induce hypnotic states; and Man-Bat's uncontrollable, feral behavior), he realizes that he must become Batman once again to save Gotham City and Batman's reputation, but realizes that he cannot do it by himself.
After reluctantly allowing Tim to become the new Robin, Bruce dons the cape and cowl and heads out with Tim to save Julie and Gotham City, but can the two of them take on FOUR enemies by themselves? Will Dick and Barbara forget about the fight and help Bruce and his new sidekick? Will Batman regain his confidence? What will become of Julie Madison, not to mention the rest of Gotham City's inhabitants?
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