We all know Batman’s origin story, but imagine for a moment that Bruce Wayne, instead of identifying with a cave of bats after his parents’ death, was found by a dying member of a lantern corps. Filled with the same spirit of justice, if he were less Dark Knight and more “in darkest night…,” to which lantern corps would Bruce Wayne belong?
Will? Rage? Fear? Love? Hope? Compassion?
To be clear, I’m not talking about any of the issues where Batman gets a lantern ring. That’s Batman. What I’m talking about here is a totally different destiny for Bruce Wayne. With that being said, think about this for a second…
There is no denying that Bruce Wayne possesses amazing force of will (Green Lantern Corps). He has endured both physical and emotional punishment and still pushed his way to the end. With what could be considered one of the sharpest minds in the DC universe, a Bruce Wayne with a green power ring would certainly be a force to be reckoned with. However, since the Batman persona utilizes fear, is it out of the question that Bruce Wayne could be a Sinestro Corps member? Imagine the fury of the yellow power ring yielded by the man who became the Batman in this reality and tremble. Bruce has exhibited many emotions throughout his existence in the DCU, and so one could conceive of him in the other corps as well: rage at his parents’ unfair, brutal death (Red Lantern Corps); love for the city of Gotham and its inhabitants (Star Sapphires); hope that goodness can win over evil (Blue Lantern Corps); and compassion that believes even criminals deserve better than they give (Indigo Tribe). Really, the only power rings it’s hard to imagine Bruce wielding are the orange ring of avarice and the black ring of death, yet maybe there are some who could make a case for those too.
So, I put it to you, if Bruce Wayne had become a lantern corps member instead of the Batman, to which corps would he belong? Share your thoughts in the comments.
~ Tim Jenkins ~