Batman Mythology Gets a Reboot

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DC Entertainment is taking Batman’s mythology to a whole new level. They are getting ready to delve into Bruce Wayne’s past to try to better understand his transformation from wealthy socialite to the sworn enemy of Gotham’s criminal underworld.

Scott Snyder has been the writer of Batman since its relaunch in 2011, and he says the new developments in the Batman story are not about “remaking” the character, but instead about better understanding him.

“It’s not ‘let’s redo the origin,’” he told the Associated Press on Monday. “It’s time for a new story showing how Batman became who he is in the New 52.”

The New 52 is understood to be a “sweeping reorganization of the publisher’s characters that saw many new origins and costumes that blended those from their first appearances decades go with contemporary changes,” the Associated Press reported.

Snyder strongly believes that delving into Batman’s history will help readers see how Batman found his calling and better understand the challenges he faced in his first years wearing the “Dark Knight” costume. Key elements of Batman’s character, such as the murder of his parents, are staying the same.

“We tried to preserve as much of Batman’s history as we could and keep what we could of this history intact,” Synder said about the changes. “It’s The Zero Year, the one that no one has told the story of before. We see how Bruce became the Batman, built the cave, faced off with his first super villain.”

He added: “It’s time for a new story showing how Batman became who he is in the New 52. It builds up the mythology.”