I seem to recall an issue of Marvel's What The?! where Todd McFarlane answered that very question.
Written by a radioactive bat he becameBatman.Does whatever a bat does...Uses sonar, eats bugs etc
He was sitting in his study wondering how to wage his war on crime, a bat flew through the window, and he figured "why not?" Sometimes you just have to embrace those little moments of serendipity in life.It's no stranger than Doctor Mid-Nite, who had the same epiphany, but with an owl. Because he was blind, you see. Though now that I think about it, I kind of wish Batman had trained the bat that crashed through the window as his animal helper.
That's Man-Bat! Sort of.So there's a winged skull on her shirt? Why? Did she get bitten by a winged skull or something?
@ Doctor TarrSo you're reposting what she said in a parody comment? Did you get bit by a Parody Comment or something?
ANONYMOUS ASSEMBLE!As a matter of fact, I remember an issue of Invincible when he told "someone whom we couldn't clearly see but who was wearing very familiar-looking black gloves" "So, you dress up like a bat, and you're calling yourself... nevermind, I've had this conversation with someone already".
Would of been better if she picked up an old Punisher. Or maybe an Elf Quest collection.
I think it's because bats are scarier than hawks.
Why "LOL BAT"? Did he hear some morronic comment made by a dippy female child in a comic shop?
At least one of your customers had a clear complexion for a change... -Though still a mouth-breather, I see.@ 12:38 Anonymous- We all know Frank Castle was bitten by a radioactive gun and thus became... I'm not even going to finish that.
I thought Frank Castle was a son of a gun?
Sorry but doesn't the open mouth signify she's TALKING rather than a mouth breather?
A mouth-talker, then. I see.
"...I'm not even going to finish that."Good.
"...Son of a gun!" HA! 1:57 Anonymous, YOU'RE HIRED!And mouth-breathers are slack-jawed, drool, snore and have bad breath. -I'm speaking generally here, so no offense to anymore but try talking excitably while also breathing only through your mouth; you're gonna gleek a bit. I mean- that's what I always took that aspect of these caricatures to represent.It can also mean "a perceived lack of intelligence or someone with poor social skills." So... yeah.
Because criminals are a superstitious, cowardly lot...so when a bat frightened Bruce Wayne, he decided it was an omen.HEY WAIT
Just think. He COULD have been My Neighbor's Mean Poodle Man.
Clearly he should have gone with something truly terrifying, like hawks.
I wonder how 'bitten by a ____' became the default assumption of superhero origins. Isn't Spider-Man the only one that ever happened to?
Thank you, your majesty! About the "bitten by a" - well, yes and know. I think they made it the origin of Michael Morbius in Spidey the Animated Series (he was bitten by a radioactive bat), and of course there are multiple vampire/werebeast variations. But for every such case there's a gazillion jokes, my favorite being Generation X Skin's: "Hey, don't be afraid, I'm not a mutant, I just got bitten by an elephant, that's why I'm gray and flappy".
That's actually pretty close...of course minus the whole "saw parents killed right in front of me" thing.
Holy botched origin, Batman!
I think it's impressive that she didn't actually know his origin. How many people can say that in this day and age? Well, impressive *and* kinda dumb.
Wait...I thought Batman was a bat who was bitten by a radioactive human.
No, no, no, it was Peter Porker the Spectacular Spider-Ham - he was a spider who was bitten by a radioactive pig.