“The Dying Batman… Driven by an instinct he cannot name–an instinct beyond understanding–he strides toward a certain destination… to where Ra’s Al Ghul stands alone…”
—Denny O’Neil Batman #244 September 1972
In our last electrifying entry of “To Be Continued…” we detailed how Batman has survived the evolution from his gothic roots through various incarnations, from the ridiculous to the shockingly dark and just about everything in between. The modern Dark Knight movies have worked to avoid any semblance of silliness behind Batman’s mask. Still, the very best and most memorable Batman comicbook stories are those that feature a more well-rounded, less caricatured hero both in and out of costume. The best writers and artists never forget that the Dark Knight can be very dark and is still a human being, rather than a crime-fighting machine.
By the 1970s the newly re-darkened Batman and Robin (though now not always a team) still did one important thing… they still appeared in broad daylight.
In Kane and Finger’s origin story for Batman, Bruce Wayne famously said “I must be a creature of the night, black, terrible.. a… a… a BAT!” In spite of the fact that some creators took this far too literally, Batman himself could tell you that Crime Never Sleeps. Thus, unfortunately for Bruce Wayne, Batman’s own sleep time often fell into the “Never” category as well.