For the most part, Bruce Wayne’s parents, Thomas and Martha Wayne, have been portrayed as good people. Their murders were the catalyst that brought Gotham City the Dark Knight. As Bruce grew from that young kid who witnessed the murder to an adult, in his eyes, his parents were beyond reproach. But as we said in our exclusive earlier, which has now been confirmed, there appears to be a change coming in Matt Reeves’ The Batman, one that will show Bruce’s parents not as wholesome as most folks know them to be.
The conformation of an evil set of Wayne parents comes from Grace Randolph, the host on YouTube’s Beyond the Trailer. In it, she says, “It seems The Waynes, before they were killed, were EVIL. Evil rich folk…Not sure HOW evil or if tied to any criminal organizations, but that’s the scoop…”
This fits nicely with what our insiders told us about the highly anticipated The Batman movie in which Bruce Wayne, who saw only good in his parents, actually discovers that they were villains. Now, how villainous the pair were is still up for much debate, but this seems to be the driving force behind Paul Dano’s Riddler, who appears to be playing a very Riddler-esque game with Batman and the secret of his parents.
Does this mean the Riddler knows that Bruce is Batman? Reeves could be borrowing a couple of storylines from the Batman comics, Batman: Hush and Batman Forever, where the Riddler was able to figure out Batman’s true identity.
As for Bruce’s “evil” parents, this one maybe a little more difficult to swallow for the casual Batman fan. Everyone knows the story of young Bruce watching his parents get gunned down. Everyone knows that his parents have always been portrayed as loving people, Thomas being the hard-working billionaire, and Martha always looking after Bruce. Over the years, not much has changed either in comic book form or in the movies. We did, though, see a Thomas Wayne (played by Brett Cullen) in Joker who was much rougher around the edges than portrayed in the past.
Thomas and Martha Wayne could also be a way that Reeves introduces The Court of Owls in The Batman. It has been long rumored that The Court will have a place in the story but how they play into is unknown. Perhaps the Wayne’s were at one time members of The Court but their departure made them a liability to the group, hence their murder. “Evil” could then be a ruse to get to Batman. Of course, this is all speculation, for now.
It will be interesting to see just how truly evil Thomas and Martha Wayne end up being. It would most certainly give Robert Pattinson’s Bruce Wayne much more to chew on in his struggles dealing with their murders. If nothing else, his reasoning for becoming the Batman in the first place will be thrown for a loop.
So, what do we make of all this news? Are we ready to see a side of Thomas and Martha Wayne that we have not seen in past iterations? Sometimes a change in canon works, sometimes it turns into a disaster. No doubt we’ll see which side of the ledger this falls when The Batman hits the big screen on March 4, 2022. In the meantime, when more The Batman news breaks, we’ll be here for you.