Know Your DCU: Damian Wayne
When Ra’s Al Ghul was introduced to the Batman mythos many decades ago, his mission was very simple: to have Bruce Wayne and his daughter Talia to procreate a worthy heir to the Al Ghul empire. Damian Wayne is the result of that mission, but was kept a secret from Bruce Wayne up until recently. Grown in an artificial womb to keep the pregnancy from “The Detective”, Talia had Damian trained by the League of Assassins and became a formidable martial artist with a background in every form of weaponry.
Once he became a pre-teen Talia left Damian in Batman’s capable hands. Bruce, having raised many pre-teen boys already, introduced Damian to the Dark Knight’s world. However, when he met Bruce’s adopted son Tim Drake, Damian took that as a challenge and tried to kill Tim while wearing an old Robin costume. Batman naturally was not happy.
Damian went missing for a short time after that, returning to be there as his father faced his final days. After Bruce’s apparent death, Damian wanted to be the next Batman. Dick Grayson, the first Robin, decided it was up to him to become Batman and trains Damian as the new Robin. Tim Drake was not too happy to learn he was replaced, but he has become his own hero in Red Robin. Now, with Bruce back, Damian will stay on as Dick Grayson’s sidekick in the pages of Batman and Robin, much to the happiness of the fans!
Damian’s future looks bright with Dick, but there could be some darkness headed his way. It was revealed that he would one day become Batman (well, possibly “a” Batman) in a future filled with new villains and the return of one of Bruce’s former enemies…