Happy Father's Day Gothamites!
Today, I'd like to take the time to give a little list of the fathers and father figures of Gotham City. From good to bad, these dads have a profound impact in the story telling of Gotham City.
1. Thomas Wayne- Thomas Wayne may have been gunned down while his son, Bruce, was still a little boy, but his compassion and drive to do what was right stuck with Bruce and gave him all the inspiration he needed to become the man he is today. Plus, if you know your history, he was also arguably the inspiration that Bruce needed to become The Batman.
2. Commissioner James Gordon- Jim Gordon loves his children, and he will do anything in his power to protect them. He has done everything in his power to keep his daughter, Barbara, safe, but also knew when to let go so she could make her own decisions. He is not a perfect person and has made real mistakes, but has worked his way from lieutenant of the Gotham Police force to the very top, and in this he has inspired his daughter to be a true hero, and fight for what is good and right in the world, even in the face of tragedy. Jim Gordon single handedly raised one of the greatest heroes of our time in who we now call Oracle.
3. Alfred Pennyworth- Alfred acted as a surrogate father to Bruce Wayne, raising him in the way that Thomas and Martha would see fit. However, when Bruce becomes Batman, Alfred has an interesting approach in guiding him in the right direction. Instead of being concerned for a normal life for Mr. Wayne, Alfred completely encourages Bruce to become The Dark Knight of Gotham City.
4. Bruce Wayne- surrogate father for Dick Grayson, Jason Todd, Tim Drake (Wayne), and Cassandra Caine. Biological father to Damian Wayne. Bruce Wayne is a great man. He is determined and focused and compassionate to the needs of his city and helps out as much as his wallet can handle, and his wallet can handle a lot. He also takes in children who have lost their parents, have very little direction in life, and tries to help them out as much as he can. Batman, on the other hand, is a dark, brooding vigilante, who stays focused on the cleaning the dark streets of the corrupt city of Gotham, which doesn't necessarily play that well as a father figure. Batman has, however, shown his desire and drive to be a passionate and giving father who will do anything to protect his child, but we see how that turned out. Although most of his kids have turned out to be heroes in their own right, we also you that you can't win them all..