EARTH-2: BATMAN & ROBIN | Earth-2 could've been a far better world.
A question I am often asked and always glad to answer! I wrote a long-winded response here, but to put it simply, no one understands the many facets of Bruce the way Selina does, and vice versa. Their backgrounds, values, and morals may clash, but fundamentally they are very similar people. It’s that balance they have that ensures their relationship is forever engaging and enduring, whether they are together or not.
I like Jonathan Nolan’s description of their relationship – I think he highlights the crux of why they work together so well:
In a weird way, she’s the yin to his yang. The dynamic between them is so fresh — the playful way she kind of pokes fun at him — it sparks a connection between them and takes some of the sombreness away from his character.
(Though it really should be her yang/light to his yin/dark)
That’s not even considering how iconic a character Selina is, right next to the Joker. Their history is long and rich; if you hear about Batman, you would not be far away from hearing about Catwoman either. She’s been with him almost since the very beginning, and that offers a lot of variety and nuance in the many depictions of their relationship.
Summary: The story begins with an elderly Bruce Wayne sitting behind a typewriter reflecting on his early career as Batman, his adventures with his friends in the Justice Society, and his guardianship of Dick Grayson. He states that all of these individuals have been very important people in his life, but admits that the person who changed his life the most was his one-time adversary and later wife: Selina Kyle, the Catwoman. Bruce then takes us to the moment in his life that forever redefined his life’s meaning.
This review is hella late, and no even Wednesday anymore, but I nonetheless treat you to THE BEST Batman story ever told, and it was first published three years before I was even born!
Happy Batman (and Catwoman) Day!
July 23, 2014
How do Bruce and Selina celebrate life? Why, like many other romantic couples: they go fine dining, see the opera, watch a popcorn movie, get married, dance at a kitschy night club, stroll at night, and have a good deal of sexy times.
Frankly, it’s BatCat Day everyday, but here’s to many more happy times!
All that really matters is ... the future!Make that our future.
—Batman (v1) #317
Summary: The issue opens up with the Earth-1 Batman and Superman in the Batcave investigating the Earth-2 heroines Huntress and Power Girl on Batman’s computer. Having by now recalled their adventure on Earth-2 five years ago, Batman and Superman discuss the events that transpired, namely that a demon named Kaiyo ‘The Chaos Bringer’ had caused them to fight their doppelgangers in a ‘contest’ to determine which world Darkseid should destroy.
Realising that their actions on Earth-2 sealed the fates of their Earth-2 counterparts, Superman suggests going back to Earth-2 to rectify the mistakes they made. He also suggests finding Kaiyo, whom they know is residing on their world. Kaiyo who had been listening to the conversation the whole time decides to ‘cut to the chase’ and appears to them both, offering them the chance to change one aspect of Earth-2’s past as a ‘thank you’ for being of good service to her all these years. She makes a point of emphasising that any changes they make to Earth-2’s past will be on them.