“Found My Bear Trap- But Now We Got Another Problem!”
“Found My Bear Trap- But Now We Got Another Problem!”
/I was listening to Slipping Through My Fingers and it gave me an emotional idea and now you have to suffer with me/
Imagine...Jason re-joins the family and everyone decides to do family activities together now - they decide on movie nights (I think they are canon now actually...maybe), because people are often tired or hurt and movies are safe and low energy. They can stay at home and talk about stuff they couldn’t discuss in public. Sometimes they would just spend the whole runtime chatting, catching up.
At some point, Dick finds out that both Damian and Bruce have never seen Mamma Mia and actually forces everyone to agree to make it the next movie night film.
And everyone’s having a grand ‘ol time, Dick, Steph and Duke are singing all the songs, the others are laughing at them. Except for Bruce. But that’s not weird. He doesn’t smile often.
And then. And then - Slipping Throught My Fingers comes on. And the trio is singing, people roll their eyes and one of the kids (your choice) looks at Bruce and...he’s crying. Full on. The others catch them staring, forrow their brows and turn in the direction they’re looking in and just freeze.
Bruce cries silently, it turns out. But his eyes are red and his nose runny. Nobody knows what to do. They pretend they can’t see it but everyone (including Bruce himself) knows they did.
Nobody mentions it. But the kids that don’t live in the Mannor full time all give him a quick squeeze before they leave.
All the batkids inherited Bruce’s Himbo-ism.
Dick: oh man- that’s a hot chic.
(Cut to what is very clearly riddler in a red wig)
Jason: Wanna see how many grapes I can fit in my mouth- (chokes)
Steph: sick- let me try (chokes even harder than Jason)
Tim: (who grew up in two incredibly wealthy households) How much is a banana? 5 dollars?
Cass: (who was taught about the concept of money by Bruce) That’s not right. I think it’s around 15 dollars.
Duke: why won’t- (grunt)- it open!
(Is pushing on a pull door)
Damian: Mother! I made a flower crown for you, but it broke. So here is a weed crown.
Talia: (putting on the weed crown) dear god- it’s genetic.
Damian stands stock still, forcing his features to remain neutral, even if in his mind it’s anything but.
The boys laugh as they kick up the dirt, dust clouding his face. Some of it gets in his eyes, and it stings, but he forces the tears down. He forces his lips into a thin line, willing himself not to betray his feelings. Or his family. He looks up, but he doesn’t stand for himself. Last time he did, the pictures had ended up all over the front page of a tabloid.
“What?” a boy pushes at him, one hand in his pocket and the other on Damian’s lapel, using it to pull him around. “Still think you’re better than everyone? Eh?” he doesn’t react as the boy pushes him back. “Think you’re hot shit, when the best thing there is to you is daddy’s money?”
Damian’s eyebrows frown as he looks up, but nothing more is revealed. The boy scoffs. He gestures to his other friends, who grin as they come over. Fear curls in Damian’s gut, tugging at him. Still he steels himself, standing, hand around his book and the other firmly at his side. He wasn’t going to let them win.
He’s shoved to the ground, a hand around his necktie, and he almost loses. He almost growls.
“Look at it- he’s like a dog!”
The boys crack up in laughter, and Damian can do nothing. The quadrangle watches. Nobody does anything. Damian feels tears pricking at his eyes. He’s never felt smaller in his life. It’s pathetic. He can’t say it, but he- he just-
He just wants someone to do something. Say something. Anything.
But nobody does. Nobody stands up for him. Some of them even have their phones out.
None of them can be trusted.
(Hi! Thought I'd post this here too. I love the batfam siblings just being protective over Damian, and I've been going thru some stuff so I wrote some fluffy batfam. Naturally. Please give it a read if you'd like, and if u want to pls leave a comment while you're there, they make me very happy 0v0)
Bruce: listen, I need you all to get out of the house
Batkids: *confused* ...why?
Bruce: to get rid of Alfred's neck pain
Bruce: pain in the neck I mean
Colin: Hey Maya: Hey
Maps: Hello Duke: Heyo Damian: YOUR PRINCE HAS ARRIVED!
Legit every day I think of the fact that they gave Duke 'Don't Trust Cops' Thomas a cop to work with in Batman & The Signal as an obvious Commissioner Gordon stand-in when this was the ultimate opportunity to not only lessen the copaganda present in Batman comics but set Duke apart by having a different support system than Batman and the nighttime shift as a whole. The Robin Collective is literally right there.
One of my main issues with the way DC is developing Duke is the lack of commitment to the whole 'daytime vigilante' idea, resulting in a lack of clarity on how working in Gotham's daytime is different from working in it at night. A great way to distinguish between day and night would be to give Duke a different kind of support system than the night crew.
The Robin Collective is practically MADE for that. Instead of dissolving and its characters being left to flounder, it would've been really easy to 'repurpose' it into a kind of grassroots (mutual) aid collective, a bunch of teens taking inspiration from vigilantes to help others in a more practical way than fighting villains. You could've ended up with a collective spanning the entirety of Gotham that could've easily functioned as a supporting cast for Duke's daytime shift. It would be a way for him to gain information and civilian support, filling the role of Gordon without the need for copaganda.
Also Duke's Black and from the poorest part of Gotham, you'll literally never convince me that he'd ever trust cops on any level, let alone be willing to work with them.
Society if DC acknowledged the importance of the Robin Collective and the themes of We Are Robin beyond the initial series rather than immediately ditching the themes and neutering/massacaring most of the characters:
[Image: 3D rendering of a utopia.]
2021 Ice Breaker Champions
i love this team
Lounge: *jumps down onto a roof* [oh great, now they're broadcasting a death of a child on national television.] *hisses* [how sweet of them.]
The Signal: [they're doing what?]
Lounge: [nothing, at least not for much longer.]
The signal: [you can't kill anyone. You have rules.]
Lounge: *flips onto the ground* [The rules are invalid once a hurting child is involved.]
Random Batfam headcanons (no i will not elaborate on them)
Bruce: is friends with Harry Styles
Dick: dressed up as Black Widow one Halloween
Jason: got dared to 20 mcdonald's cheeseburgers in less than 5 minutes and won
Tim: watched all 15 seasons of criminal minds in a week (all the episodes in 2x speed)
Steph: loves watching videos of people popping their pimples
Cass: is a sock thief
Duke: his favorite song to karaoke to is Never Gonna Give You Up
Damian: knows the entire Hocus Pocus movie by heart
Alfred: attended both of prince Harry and prince William royal weddings
I was in NYC today and in Times Square they had a billboard that was advertising Batman: Wayne Family Adventures and let me tell you…
Tim in his first animated appearance: *steals Jason’s whole character*
Tim in his first live action appearance: *steals Duke’s whole character*