I've been writing a short story designed as a follow up to BATMAN RETURNS (1992). After a summary there is a short tease of the fic from chapter one and a link where you can read the story.
This marks the first story in a planned trilogy, the second of which will be entitled CATWOMAN, a tale that follows Catwoman in Bludhaven after narrowly escaping Max Shreck’s fate. The third, which will reunite Bruce & Selina, has yet to be titled.
BATMAN VINDICATED finds Bruce Wayne, reclusive billionaire by day, vigilante by night, trying to become a more public figure as he deals with the death of the closest thing Batman has to a friend and the reality that Selina is gone forever.
Meanwhile, Gotham’s Apollo, District Attorney Harvey Dent runs for reelection, promising to end the gang war between Rupert Thorne and remnants of the Red Triangle Circus despite faltering public opinion due to his leap of absence during the Cobblepot mayoral campaign that ended in disaster for the city. Harvey Dent’s unusually long sabbatical rose more than a few eyebrows in the underworld, whose agents have been looking for kinks in his armor since his election.
Batman finds troubles of his own when a chance run in brings him face to face with his past and the possibility of a fatal mistake while simultaneously thrusting an old childhood friend turned ex girlfriend into his life.
The police department is corrupting again. Certain circles have joined forces with the mob to end the reign of the freak shows by stomping out the Red Triangle and turning back the page to old times when cops and robbers played nice with one another in old Gotham. That leaves no room for Batman and more importantly, that means the end of Harvey Dent.
Witness a journey into Tim Burton and company’s Gotham City in a retelling of Two Face’s origins.
From chapter 1
After all that had happened, Harvey couldn’t bare to see his father living like an animal. Richard only spent it on booze at ‘the Cauldron.’ He’d drink…and drink until he could escape the reality…that he had damaged his son in a way no stranger could have…he’d go to the place where Richard Dent had made his boy strong and Harvey had failed him. For a man broken by the years behind him, this was never truer than on Carnie Night.
Big Bad Harvey was a killer now with half his face missing. What a friggin’ disappointment. At the bar the guys stopped jabbing Richie. Every time a news report interrupted a program detailing the rampage of ‘Two-Face,’ the bar would get louder by instinct, trying to drown it out so Richie couldn’t hear what a monster his son had become. He knew it and he knew why. Over and over he’d hear his late wife’s sobering voice in his head. Damn you, Richard! What did you do to Harvey?! Memories didn’t leave you like the people did. Years later the voices still come, especially when you try to sleep. You pull the pillow (or scraps of newspaper) over your head and wish the mountains could cover you…the embarrassment…the shame.
Link below. Story is updated (typically) Bimonthly.