will i ever be more than this
will i ever be more than this
This Is What You've Been Searching For.
One from the Heart, Francis Ford Coppola
it wasn’t a love story
They had it right when they said, "Love is an unforgiving war, a god who never answers" and also "i would like to die by you and your hand alone" and maybe then again "tear into me so you can really see, and make your home behind my lungs"
booted up portal on the old mono TV lastnight
archive mb for @ca-tk-in ♡
killed my old self but the new me isn't much better
A place to call home, pt. 15
FULL NAME Bruce Thomas Wayne.
AGE Main verse 33-45, can be written older or younger.
GENDER & PRONOUNS Cisgender man, he/him/his.
RELIGION Atheist (raised Jewish).
POSITIVE TRAITS Dedicated, honorable, resourceful, selfless.
NEGATIVE TRAITS Calculating, melancholy, reactive, taciturn.
MENTAL HEALTH Extremely compartmentalized depression and PTSD, at the very least, but he wouldn’t acknowledge it, engage with it, or go to therapy about it unless his kids’ lives depended on it.
AFFILIATION Bat-family, Gotham City, Justice League of America.
ALIASES Batman (secret identity unknown), Matches Malone (secret identity unknown).
skills & abilities.
SPOKEN LANGUAGES Fluent in English, Arabic, Cantonese, Dari, Greek, Icelandic, Kryptonian, Japanese, Latin, Mandarin, Portuguese. Conversational skill in German, Italian, Spanish.
PHYSICAL SKILL Acrobatics, archery, lock picking, martial arts (at least fourteen distinct styles including boxing, “bam pow”, dim mak, ninjitsu, stick fighting), peak human condition (strength, agility, durability, reflexes, speed, stamina), prestidigitation, stealth, toxic immunity, tracking.
POWERS Not traditional superpowers, but he is both the world’s greatest detective and the world’s most stubborn bastard.
WEAPONS Batsuit (and attached utility belt), Bat Computer, Batmobile. (Less frequently used: Hellbat, EMP Mask, Magic Gauntlets courtesy of John Constantine.)
I’m incorporating bits and pieces as I find them. Batsy is a complicated character with a long history, and not everything is going to vibe with me, but I’ll list the major pieces of his characterization that I’m taking.
Most importantly: Bruce Wayne is Jewish. His mother, Martha Kane, was Jewish, and he was raised Jewish. His current atheism does not negate that he is matrilineally Jewish. This is canon, though widely ignored canon.
I don’t like the Court of Owls storyline and will not engage with it. For anyone curious, here’s a great breakdown of the antisemitism in the storyline.
I also do not acknowledge anything written by Grant Morrison. Their racist treatment of Talia and Damian would be reason enough, but I also generally don’t think they write a good Bruce (Arkham Asylum was bland and that Bruce was not Bruce. The art was gorgeous though). I will be following Son of the Demon’s origin for Damian instead. This is a Talia-friendly blog and I will keep a Talia-friendly dashboard.
COMIC SOURCES Birth of the Demon trilogy (1987, 1990, 1992), Haunted Knight (1996), The Long Halloween (1996-7), No Man’s Land (1999), Murderer? & Fugitive (2002-3), Under the Red Hood (2005), Trinity (2016), The Three Jokers (2021), Fear State (2021), Wayne Family Adventures (2021-present). This list may expand.
TELEVISION SOURCES Batman: The Animated Series (1992-5), Justice League (2001-4), Justice League Unlimited (2004-6), Titans (2018-present).
FILM SOURCES Under the Red Hood (2010), The Batman (2022).
CONSULTATION CREDIT My best friend Hallie is the ultimate Bruce understander and she’s deeply impacted my understanding of the character. Read her fic here.
PARENTS Thomas Wayne (father, deceased), Martha Kane (mother, deceased). Alfred Pennyworth (butler, guardian, father at heart).
BATKIDS Dick Grayson (prev. Robin, currently Nightwing; adopted son), Jason Todd (prev. Robin, currently Red Hood; unofficially adopted son), Timothy Drake (prev. Robin, currently Red Robin; adopted son), Cassandra Cain (prev. Batgirl, currently Orphan; officially adopted daughter), Damian Wayne (Robin; biological son), Duke Thomas (Signal; unofficially adopted son).
EXTENDED BATFAMILY Kate Kane (Batwoman; biological maternal first cousin), Barbara Gordon (previously Batgirl, currently Oracle; former partner-in-notcrime, son’s ex, it’s complicated), Helena Bertinelli (briefly Batgirl, currently Huntress; it’s complicated), Stephanie Brown (prev. Robin and Batgirl, currently Spoiler; it’s complicated), Jace Fox (Batman; they’d be close but it really only happens when Bruce is dead, RIP Bruce).
SIGNIFICANT SHIPS Harvey Dent (college “we’re not dating” boyfriend), Minhkhoa Khan (ex-boyfriend), Sasha Bordeaux (ex-almost-girlfriend), Selina Kyle (on-again, off again girlfriend), Talia Al Ghul (ex-wife, Greatest Love™), Vesper Fairchild (ex-girlfriend, deceased).
* These ships are deeply important to Bruce’s characterization and development; as such, I tend to assume they’re a part of his past. I won’t assume the relationship with any portrayal I write with, unless we’ve discussed it and agreed to keep it, but in other interactions these can be considered a part of my canon across the board.
SHIPPING Bruce is easy to ship with if it’s meant to be temporary, but a lot harder to ship with when it comes to any sort of commitment. He falls in love often and hard, and then he self-sabotages. A serious relationship, involving Bruce sharing his secret identity, will take plotting, but I’m very open to it.
It’s also worth noting that I do not & will not ship Bruce with the Joker or the Riddler, especially the Riddler from the 2022 film. This is also a Batcest-unfriendly blog.
CANON SOURCES This is a good general assumption: there’s a lot to get through and Bruce isn’t the general guide for my exploration of comics, so there’s a lot I’m sure I’ll miss. If you think there’s a piece of his characterization I should know about or that I’d enjoy, drop me a message! I love to talk characters. I’d love a Batchat. Recommendations and debate always welcome.
CHARACTERIZATION I think that sexy mysterious confident Bruces are well represented in this batcosystem. I prefer to write Bruce focusing on him being very weird and very much a dad.
BATMAN A combination of preboot & reboot plot and characterization, especially carrying over the events of Birth of the Demon, The Long Halloween, No Man’s Land, and Murderer? & Fugitive. After the death of his parents, young Bruce Wayne struggles to live with his grief. A desire for revenge as a young man grows into a desire for justice, which grows into an instinct for mercy. Bruce becomes Batman, a masked vigilante determined to protect Gotham at any cost to himself.
TITANS AU based in Titans (2018-present). After the death of his son Jason, Bruce’s grief overwhelms him, and he kills the Joker in Arkham Asylum before fleeing the country. Saved by Donna Troy from a suicide attempt, Bruce returns to Gotham to find that Jason is alive. Having given up the cowl, Bruce settles in to train his other sons in the hopes that they might one day take up the Batman identity, certain that they’ll protect Gotham in his stead, and to help Jason settle in as Red Hood, Gotham’s new hero.
FUTURE STATE AU based in the Future State series (2021). After the “death” of Bruce Wayne (greatly exaggerated, for anyone curious), Bruce lives under the radar, watching as Jace Fox takes up the cowl and trying to protect Gotham from the Magistrate and the Peacekeepers. Without access to the Batcave, any of his technology or resources, or the Batman identity, Bruce is forced to work entirely on his own, operating under the alias Jeff Marks.
MARVEL Eat your heart out, Tony Stark, the original billionaire playboy philanthropist is here. Gotham exists in New Jersey, Batsy’s doing his thing.
Under construction: Dragon Age, Game of Thrones.
See more glam aesthetic.
they mistook my kindness for weakness,
i fucked up, i know that, but jesus . . .
. . . can’t a girl just do the best she can?
2022 new arrivals, Lirika Matoshi 💐
there are so many pictures of beautiful little places and breathtaking architecture here on tumblr, and sometimes i wonder where are these places?! how does the earth have room for all these little places? anyway i hope some day you get to visit one of the beautiful little places angie :)
omg yeah I know what u mean, and I hope you get to visit some nice places like that too, u deserve it!! ❤️