DC - batman origin /tags/batman-origin en Why Gotham is the Perfect Binge for Dark Knight Lovers /blog/2020/09/15/why-gotham-is-the-perfect-binge-for-dark-knight-lovers <div class="field field-name-breadcrumb field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><div class="breadcrumb"><?php echo $entity->type; ?></div></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-title field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="schema:name"><h2>Why Gotham is the Perfect Binge for Dark Knight Lovers</h2></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-author field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Amelia Emberwing</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-post-date field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Tuesday, September 15, 2020 - 10:00</div></div></div> <div class="body-insertable"><p><em><a href="/tv/gotham" target="_blank">Gotham</a> </em>raised a lot of eyebrows when it was first announced. A story about Bruce Wayne’s childhood was a fresh enough take, but it was fresh for a reason. 24ֱ and other media rarely outline that time in Bruce’s life because he was, understandably, just presumed to be furious or depressed the whole time. Watching your parents get murdered right in front of your eyes will do that to a kid! Despite audience trepidation, a decent number of viewers tuned into the series premiere, myself included.</p> <p>It’s a solid enough pilot, but it won me over with one simple line—</p> <p>“There will be light, Bruce.”</p> <p>It was at that moment when (then Detective) James Gordon uttered those words to a shattered and shocked Bruce Wayne that I knew <em>Gotham </em>had me hooked for good. And it did. The series takes some liberties, but at its core it’s a series that lives up to the Batman legacy in spades.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/09-SEP/source-GothampilotAlleywayGothamTheater3310r_5f5ff5a2603699.15504027.jpg" style="letter-spacing: 0.39px; width: 900px; height: 600px;" /></p> <p>One of the most important aspects of the series is its focus on the complicated Jim Gordon. We start with him as a fresh-faced cop at the Gotham City Police Department, with no idea the level of corruption he’s about to uncover. Carmine Falcone already has nearly the entire force in his pocket, making his criminal dealings in Gotham a cinch. You can imagine his chagrin upon finding out the force had hired someone with ethics to join their ranks.</p> <p>Of course, for comedy’s sake, Jim is partnered with the morally ambiguous and ethically complicated Harvey Bullock. Harvey’s not <em>quite </em>in Carmine’s pocket, but he does have a connection with Gotham’s underground (and an eye for one Fish Mooney). The two bring a strange balance to one another, though they obviously butt heads a bit in the beginning. Harvey gains more morals as the series progresses, while Jim finds himself making the wrong decision in more than one ethical quandary.</p> <p>The cleverness of the series is that few people are going to want to watch a show that’s exclusively about a young Bruce Wayne’s pain. Similarly, few people care about Jim Gordon’s beginnings on the force. Now, while I’m the exception to both those rules, you can’t make a successful show if your demographic is too small to get the ratings that you need. By combining both stories and providing a fresh take on Batman’s origins, <em>Gotham </em>really brought something special to the table.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/09-SEP/source-Gothamep115scn1425189r_5f5ff5c7edd132.20601676.jpg" style="letter-spacing: 0.39px; width: 900px; height: 600px;" /></p> <p>The series also managed to bring an added level of intrigue to the characters of Gotham’s underground. Batman may have always had the best Rogues Gallery, but <em>Gotham </em>brings a new level of complexity to key characters that we hadn’t had the opportunity to dive into regularly in the past. The aforementioned Carmine Falcone and Fish Mooney are both great examples of this. While Fish was created for the series, Falcone is a long-known name to those familiar with the complicated city.</p> <p>The best mobster is a mobster with rules. Falcone is typically described as such, but <em>Gotham </em>had the opportunity to show rather than just tell. He’s a complicated man of his word—one that we eventually find is just looking to be loved. Carmine’s story is one of the most interesting in the series, even if he doesn’t get as many stand-out, defiant moments as Fish Mooney did in her limited time on the show.</p> <p><em>Gotham </em>is a prime example of the complexity that often comes from superhero media. As reality has proven for some time, corrupt cops don’t just run rampant on the pages of our comic books. While Jim Gordon starts off as a straight-laced, by-the-book kind of guy, his city quickly reminds him that things aren’t as black and white as his rulebooks make them seem. Many of Gotham’s criminals were created by the very system Gordon joined.  Some aren’t even criminals at all, but have merely been painted that way by those in power. Before long, we see him start to question that system. Eventually, we see him work to dismantle it from the inside.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/09-SEP/source-Gotham422SCN61GR0583fhires2_5f5ff6116c20c3.09357762.jpg" style="width: 900px; height: 600px;" /></p> <p>While it may seem like an odd idea for a show from the outside—it’s a Batman show without Batman, after all—<em>Gotham </em>really does tick all of the boxes on the “extremely bingeable” list. We see the Gotham City we’d grown to love through Nolan’s movie trilogy and thousands of pages of comics. There’s also plenty of action, romance and oodles of weird gore for the many horror-loving Batman fans. We get to dive into Arkham in a way no other series has, exploring their unacceptable experimentation on their patients and the confused and broken system that allows them to do it. There’s even the beginnings of a different kind of Joker—one that rivals any of his grownup counterparts to a surprising degree.</p> <p>Fresh takes on origins can be difficult for some purists. I know, because I’m one of them. But the one thing that makes new stories the exception to the rule is when they still hit the heart of what makes the stories great. <em>Gotham </em>seems to do that effortlessly by way of Jim Gordon, Bruce Wayne, and the living, breathing heart of the world’s most well-known fictional city.</p> <p><br /><i>Gotham can be streamed in its entirety on Netflix. For more on the series, including articles, trailers and interviews, <a href="/tv/gotham" target="_blank">visit our official Gotham page.</a></i></p> <p style="letter-spacing: 0.39px;"><em>Amelia Emberwing writes about comics, movies and TV for DC24ֱ.com and is a frequent contributor to the Couch Club, our television column. Look for more of her writing on Birth.Movies.Death., Collider and Slashfilm, and follow her on Twitter at <a href="https://twitter.com/BrowncoatAuror" target="_blank">@BrowncoatAuror.</a></em></p> <p style="letter-spacing: 0.39px;"></p> </div> <div class="field field-name-field-tags field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-inline clearfix"><div class="field-label">Tags:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><a href="/tags/dc-binge" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">dc binge</a>, <a href="/tags/dctv-0" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">dctv</a>, <a href="/tags/dctv" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">#dctv</a>, <a href="/tags/dc-shows-to-binge" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">dc shows to binge</a>, <a href="/tags/dc-tv-shows-to-binge" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">dc tv shows to binge</a>, <a 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field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Thursday, January 17, 2019 - 13:00</div></div></div> <div class="body-insertable"><p>Look, it's pretty safe to say that Gotham City has had its fair share or problems. Between the full-scale terrorist attacks led by masked lunatics to your everyday bank robberies and high-speed chases, there's a ton of risk involved in living there, even with Batman around (or not, as is the case on <em>Gotham</em>). But poisoned water supplies and killer escape room-style puzzles cropping up on every block are only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to catastrophes in this infamous comic book city.</p><p>This year’s final season of <em>Gotham </em>fittingly takes its inspiration from what’s got to be considered the granddaddy of them all. Oh yes, <em>Gotham </em>fans, it's time to talk about No Man's Land and what the classic comic book storyline may mean for the series.</p><p>There's a good chance you've heard of it in one way or another, but just in case, here are the basics. <a href="https://www.readdc.com/Batman-No-Mans-Land/comics-series/6412" target="_blank">BATMAN: NO MAN'S LAND</a> was, officially, a year-long crossover event between all the ongoing Batman titles that took place in 1999. We’re talking BATMAN, DETECTIVE COMICS, NIGHTWING, BATMAN: SHADOW OF THE BAT, ROBIN, CATWOMAN, AZRAEL: AGENT OF THE BAT…all of them. As a result, it’s not an easy storyline to revisit. It’s out there, in both print and digital formats, but it’s long and complex. For that reason, a TV show may actually be the best format for adapting No Man’s Land since television also lends itself to multiple storylines focusing on various characters that take place at the same time.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2019/01-JAN/Gotham-502a_SCN32_JN0134_f_5c40d80e86aa14.94446232.jpg" style="width: 900px; height: 599px;" /></p><p>No Man’s Land was, in the simplest possible terms, the complete disenfranchisement and isolation of Gotham as a city—turning it from a metropolitan hub to a <em>literal </em>"no man's land"—meaning the US government would officially stop recognizing Gotham and blow the bridges connecting the city to the mainland, preventing anyone from going in or coming out. This wasn't a decision made out of the blue, of course. It was a response to a string of disasters that culminated in what was known as the Cataclysm, a devastating earthquake that destroyed most of Gotham and plunged the city into a state of emergency no one could seem to fix. (Obviously, this was different from man-made disaster perpetuated by Jeremiah Valeska on <em>Gotham, </em>but the end result was more or less the same.)</p><p>Citizens of Gotham were given an ultimatum—either they could get out and leave their homes behind, or stay and suffer the consequences. As you might imagine, most left, but there were a few notable exceptions—namely the majority of the Bat-Family, along with Commissioner Gordon and his GCPD officers. Of course, Gotham’s many super-villains decided to stay as well. Because of course they did.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2019/01-JAN/NML_4_5c40d8378c47e2.31703614.jpg" style="width: 700px; height: 911px;" /></p><p>With Gotham City officially declared a lawless free-for-all, it became...well, a lawless free-for-all. Much like we’ve seen on <em>Gotham, </em>gang warfare promptly took over, dividing the wreckage into territories with big name villains and petty criminals aligning themselves for control, and the heroes and police officers that remained forming their own rival gangs to push them out. With the majority of the infrastructure still in shambles due to the Cataclysm, things like food, shelter and electricity became hot commodities in some areas. In other words, Gotham City became its very own personalized post-apocalyptic wasteland.</p><p>Like with any big, long-running event, some parts of No Man’s Land were stronger than others. Yet, longtime Batman readers seem to have a particular fondness for it. So, the real question we should ask is: What was it about No Man's Land that made it so special? Why is it an event we still revisit and pull inspiration from today for shows like <em>Gotham</em> and movies like <em>The Dark Knight Rises?</em></p><p>The answer to that question actually lies in what No Man's Land created, rather than the city it destroyed. It may have been a near impossible challenge for most people to navigate through the wreckage of their city, but it also provided a fantastic opportunity to showcase the very best of what Gotham had to offer, even in the absolute worst possible circumstances.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2019/01-JAN/NML_6_5c40d8727f2ac7.99496196.jpg" style="width: 701px; height: 1080px;" /></p><p>Stripped of all semblance of order, heroes like Barbara Gordon were able to step in and take control in what became a defining moment for her newly established identity as Oracle. She set up a base of operations in the Clocktower and coordinated the efforts of the remaining Bat-Family team alongside the scrambling GCPD to maintain the safety and security of the civilians that were unable to evacuate. Helena Bertinelli came to learn what it really meant to be a member of a team with a code to live by. Jim Gordon was forced to adapt his leadership to the now lawless Gotham, transforming the GCPD into a "gang" in their own right that was vying for territory against some of the city's most terrifying criminals.</p><p>New and familiar faces cropped up for the very first time, like Cassandra Cain, who made her debut during No Man’s Land and later became the new Batgirl. Harley Quinn made the jump from the Animated Universe and isolated one-shots to the Batman canon proper, right alongside the Joker, of course, who was able to highlight her more terrifying qualities in the chaos. Old favorites like Bane were transformed by the story, given entirely new angles to play by as the truth of just who and what were pulling the strings behind the No Man's Land order were slowly revealed. (Is it a coincidence that both Harley and Bane are debuting on <em>Gotham </em>this season? It may be…but it also might <em>not</em> be!)</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2019/01-JAN/Gotham-503_SCN17_BN0210_f_5c40d8a890eba6.91670988.jpg" style="width: 900px; height: 600px;" /></p><p>What might have been the end of Gotham City as we know it wound up being a series of new beginnings, galvanizing both heroes and villains alike to transform the city into something more familiar to fans today. Which, if you think about it, makes No Man’s Land the perfect storyline to end a series like <em>Gotham </em>with. No Man’s Land resulted in a reinvention of the city of Gotham, with changes made to many characters that are still in place today. For a series about the origin of Batman and his most famous allies and rogues, a defining event like No Man’s Land can be an entertaining way to get those characters to where they should be when Bruce puts on the cowl.</p><p>Sure, it was painful in the comics, and not everyone made it through to the other side. Expect it to be on the show as well. But at the end of the day, a year's worth of chaos and carnage only served to prove that the heart and soul of both Gotham and the people who live there are greater than the sum of their parts. Honesty, I can’t think of a better note for a series like <em>Gotham </em>to end on. And with Bruce at long last taking the crucial step of becoming Batman before it’s all through, Gotham’s days have never felt brighter, or its knights more dark.</p><p><br /><em><a href="/tv/gotham" target="_blank">Gotham</a> airs Thursday at 8 p.m. (7 p.m. CST) on FOX.</em></p><p><em style="letter-spacing: 0.39px;">Meg Downey covers movies, TV and comics for DC24ֱ.com, and writes about Batman each month in her column, <a href="/blog/2018/12/14/gotham-gazette-faithful-fathers-and-prodigal-sons" target="_blank">"Gotham Gazette."</a> She's also a regular contributor to the Couch Club, our weekly television column. </em><em style="letter-spacing: 0.39px;">Follow her on Twitter at <a href="https://twitter.com/rustypolished" target="_blank">@rustypolished</a>.</em></p></div> <div class="field field-name-field-tags field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-inline clearfix"><div class="field-label">Tags:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><a href="/tags/gotham" typeof="skos:Concept" 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class="field-item even" property="schema:name"><h2>On Earth One, Alfred is a Badass</h2></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-author field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Ashley V. Robinson</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-post-date field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Thursday, March 15, 2018 - 10:00</div></div></div> <div class="body-insertable"><p>I absolutely 1,000% adore the Earth One line of standalone graphic novels that DC has been publishing since 2010. It provides consistently refreshing takes on some of the company’s most beloved characters. Now, I know you might be thinking to yourself that this same thing can be accomplished by a good, old fashioned reboot or the welcoming of a new creative team onto a title—and you are definitely not wrong. What Earth One does that a standard reboot can’t do is tilt the perspective with which the character is approached. This is cool because when it is at its very finest, as it is in the case of Geoff Johns and Gary Frank’s collaboration on <a href="https://www.readdc.com/Batman-Earth-One-Vol-1/digital-comic/T1011700018301?ref=c2VyaWVzL3ZpZXcvZGVza3RvcC9ncmlkTGlzdC9HcmFwaGljTm92ZWxz" target="_blank">BATMAN: EARTH ONE</a><em>, </em>it offers up a completely new perspective than the one you might be familiar with over the course of your years spent as a comic book fan.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2018/03-MAR/BatmanEO_cov_5aa9aeb5112ea4.53825379.jpg" style="width: 686px; height: 1080px;" /></p><div><p>Batman: Earth One opens with a stunning sequence drawn by Frank that ought to be examined by whoever winds up making the next Batman solo movie. It’s so moody and so wonderful and, while it feels familiar, there is an edge to it. Batman’s younger and inexperienced, and that inexperience definitely shows through. The sequence is not necessarily scarier or harsher, but it’s definitely cooler, and even a bit humorous at times (but not campy—this is still a serious take on the Dark Knight). I especially love the Earth One costume. I’ve always been a sucker for a lot of grey in the Batsuit design and this is one of my favorite examples from the contemporary era of comics.</p><p>The cowl and the way the cowl is colored by Brad Anderson has fascinated me since I first read volume one when it originally debuted in 2012. Most cowls and domino masks are colored as if the superhero underneath the mask is wearing severe eye makeup underneath with the shade or tone of the mask bleeding all the way down to the whites of their eyes. In this story, you can see the skin that is peeking out from beneath the cowl. Quite often you can even see Bruce Wayne’s eyelashes—not a physical trait that is common to male vigilantes.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2018/03-MAR/BatmanEO_2_5aa9b05daf5a36.07667574.jpg" style="width: 700px; height: 1080px;" /></p><p>I would love to read what your thoughts might be on this Batsuit in particular down in the comments section. So if you want to head down there early in the course of this article, here’s a good place to do it!</p><p>Batman’s origin is still in place with the Waynes’ death at a paramount moment of development in young Bruce’s life. This aspect doesn’t stray nearly as far afield as something like the <a href="https://www.readdc.com/Flashpoint-The-World-of-Flashpoint-Featuring-Batman/digital-comic/T1062700018301?ref=c2VhcmNoL2luZGV4L2Rlc2t0b3Avc2xpZGVyTGlzdC90b3BSZXN1bHRzU2xpZGVy" target="_blank">BATMAN: FLASHPOINT</a> tie-in miniseries (which I also think is totally great and if you are into Elseworld stories you should absolutely be picking up to read). In Batman: Earth One the greatest divergence comes in the form of Alfred Pennyworth.</p><p>Have no fear, my Pennyworth fans, Alfred is still securely in place and very present post-death-of-Thomas-and-Martha. However, he’s a lot more rough-and-tumble and less refined than we are used to thinking of him. Imagine the opposite of your beloved <em>Ba</em><em>tman: The Animated Series </em>Alfred and someone who is much more akin to Daniel Craig in the James Bond franchise of movies.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2018/03-MAR/BatmanEO_5_5aa9b0738f3469.44505298.jpg" style="width: 700px; height: 1080px;" /></p></div><p>If I were to make a guess, I would assume that Johns got really into the idea that Alfred had a history of military service. This has been a longstanding trait of Alfred that has been explored in the past, but never in this way. Alfred is tough and he believes in what many would consider an antiquated rub-dirt-in-your-eye approach to child rearing when he suddenly finds himself straddled with the custody of child Bruce Wayne.</p><p>While we do see flashbacks throughout Batman: Earth One, most of Bruce’s training culminates during the events of this initial graphic novel. There’s even a totally and completely badass fight between adult Bruce and old man Alfred (who has some long-standing injuries), that is stunningly choreographed by Frank in a way that allows you to feel just how competitive these two men are against each other and just how much they do actually love each other…even if they are likely incapable of ever being able to articulate this.</p><p>Interestingly, this take on Alfred seems to have at least partially inspired the version on <em>Gotham, </em>who also has a military background, is largely responsible for young Bruce’s training and is more than able to hold his own in a fistfight. Heck, we even recently saw Bruce and Alfred get in a pretty brutal fight recently, so the parallels are definitely there, if you’re a fan of <em>Gotham.</em></p><p style="text-align: center;"><em><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2018/03-MAR/BatmanEO_4_5aa9b0de866944.81309754.jpg" style="width: 700px; height: 1080px;" /></em></p><p>But let’s get back to Earth One. Once Alfred and Bruce get collectively on board with the idea of Batman and what he is going to mean to Gotham City, Batman: Earth One gets to play at introducing other popular canon characters and rebuilding how they fit into this unique and dangerous reality. Penguin, who I’ve always thought is a criminally underrated villain, pops up as a vehicle to introduce Earth One’s Jim Gordon, complete with red hair. This is a very harried Gordon compared to the tired elder statesman that always comes to mind when I think of the head of the Gordon family. The parallel narratives of Batman and Gordon attempting to carve out their respective places while simultaneously trying to work together just makes for a super cool origin and a nice throwback to Frank Miller’s <a href="https://www.readdc.com/Batman-Year-One/digital-comic/T0420200018301?ref=c2VhcmNoL2luZGV4L2Rlc2t0b3Avc2xpZGVyTGlzdC90b3BSZXN1bHRzU2xpZGVy" target="_blank">BATMAN: YEAR ONE.</a></p><p>Lucky for you, if you are thinking about picking up Batman: Earth One—or you already have and you know you like it—there are future volumes that you can dive into. Volume one is very much an origin, albeit a very good one, and it opens up for some deeper character explorations and more camera tilts as we get used to what this version of Batman looks like. Volume two defines this take on the character even more and introduces a young, unhinged take on the Riddler, and Johns and Frank have promised a volume three down the line. But if you haven’t read any of Batman: Earth One yet, start here. You’ll be surprised how much a Batman comic can surprise you.</p><p><br style="letter-spacing: 0.39px;" /><em style="letter-spacing: 0.39px;">Ashley V. Robinson writes about the DC Universe for DC24ֱ.com and covers The Flash for the </em><a href="http://www.dccomics.com/blog/2016/09/30/announcing-the-dctv-couch-club" style="letter-spacing: 0.39px;" target="_blank"><em>#DCTV Couch Club</em></a><em style="letter-spacing: 0.39px;">. Look for her on Twitter at </em><a href="https://twitter.com/AshleyVRobinson" style="letter-spacing: 0.39px;" target="_blank"><em>@AshleyVRobinson</em></a><em style="letter-spacing: 0.39px;">.</em></p><p><em>BATMAN: EARTH ONE VOLS. 1-2</em><em style="letter-spacing: 0.39px;"> by Geoff Johns and Gary Frank are available in print or as a digital download. Look for the newest Earth One graphic novel, </em><a href="/graphic-novels/green-lantern-earth-one-2018/green-lantern-earth-one-vol-1" style="letter-spacing: 0.39px;" target="_blank"><em>GREEN LANTERN: EARTH ONE</em></a><em style="letter-spacing: 0.39px;">, now in comic shops.</em></p></div> <div class="field field-name-field-tags field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-inline clearfix"><div class="field-label">Tags:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><a href="/tags/batman-earth-one" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Batman: Earth One</a>, <a href="/tags/batman-earth-one-0" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">batman earth one</a>, <a href="/tags/revisiting-batman-earth-one" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">revisiting batman earth one</a>, <a href="/tags/earth-one" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">earth one</a>, <a href="/tags/earth-one-series" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">earth one series</a>, <a href="/tags/dc-comics-1" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">DC 24ֱ</a>, <a href="/tags/batman-1" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Batman</a>, <a href="/tags/batman-reimagining" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">batman reimagining</a>, <a href="/tags/alfred-pennyworth" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Alfred Pennyworth</a>, <a href="/tags/badass-alfred-pennyworth" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">badass alfred pennyworth</a>, <a href="/tags/alfred" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Alfred</a>, <a href="/tags/geoff-johns" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Geoff Johns</a>, <a href="/tags/gary-frank" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">gary frank</a>, <a href="/tags/batman-origin" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">batman origin</a>, <a href="/tags/alternate-batman-origin" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">alternate batman origin</a>, <a href="/tags/elseworlds" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Elseworlds</a>, <a href="/tags/green-lantern-earth-one" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">green lantern: earth one</a>, <a href="/tags/green-lantern-earth-one-0" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">green lantern earth one</a>, <a href="/tags/ashley-v-robinson" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">ashley v. robinson</a></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-article-header-layout field-type-list-text field-label-above"><div class="field-label">Article Header Layout:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Standard Layout</div></div></div><span rel="schema:url" resource="/blog/2018/03/15/on-earth-one-alfred-is-a-badass" class="rdf-meta element-hidden"></span><span property="schema:name" content="On Earth One, Alfred is a Badass" class="rdf-meta element-hidden"></span> Thu, 15 Mar 2018 17:00:00 +0000 Ashley V. 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