I Called the Big Bad of Batman Eternal!

I did it! I called it! Ha! Score one for the Henchman! I got something right for once!

Normally I’d wait until my Hench-Sized Reviews on Saturday to talk about the latest issue of Batman Eternal, but I just had to stake my claim here and now to totally calling the super big evil bad guy of the year-long series! I never get this sort of thing right! My theories about Lost were way off! But this one I got! I didn’t really have any clues, I didn’t really know it was coming. I just put my thinking cap on and gave it my best guess!

First of all, it’s not Cluemaster, as was alluded to in the final page of Batman Eternal #50.

He spent money on those glasses!

The new issue this week – Batman Eternal #51 – is all about Cluemaster taunting a defeated and bloodied Batman. Cluemaster monologues like a total pro, going on such a rant that it legitimizes Syndrome’s entire ‘monologuing’ gag from The Incredibles in the first place. The guy just won’t shut up, so proud to finally tell Batman (and the readers) all about his ‘clever’ plan to be evil and awesome. I’ll admit that the issue, written by James Tynion IV, is alright. It’s better than Batman Eternal has been for most of its run. But there is a whole heck of a lot of monologuing.

Then, at the very end of Batman Eternal #51, we’re introduced to the real villain of the series…

Join me after the jump to find out who! SPOILERS, obviously.

Drum roll, please!

It’s Thomas Wayne Jr. from Scott Snyder’s Court of Owls!

Sweet, sweet right-ness

I totally called it! I knew it! And the proof is in this very blog! Just go back to my Hench-Sized Reviews on March 7, three whole weeks ago, when I reviewed Batman Eternal #48! I know I had that idea prior to issue #49, but that’s where I put it down in writing!

My reasoning was that, barring the Joker, there was simply no villain large or important enough for the reveal to actually matter – and Joker is tied up in Scott Snyder’s Batman. So considering Snyder has been a part of Batman Eternal since the beginning, and considering all other major villains were already busy, that left Thomas Wayne Jr., or Owlman, as a reasonable choice.

Henchperson Karen Lin guessed that it was Earth 3 Owlman, so she was pretty close! But I pulled out the win on this one.

Granted, this means nothing. Nobody probably cares. It’s not like I’m going to win a No-Prize. I just wanted it on the official Internet record that one of my wild pop culture theories was right, for once! To a dork like me, that means a lot.


About Sean Ian Mills

Hello, this is Sean, the Henchman-4-Hire! By day I am a mild-mannered newspaper reporter in Central New York, and by the rest of the day I'm a pretty big geek when it comes to video games, comic books, movies, cartoons and more.

Posted on March 26, 2015, in Batman, Comics, DC and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 9 Comments.

  1. Ok, I’m touched that you mentioned me in your blog!
    Well, it makes much more sense than Cluemaster, that’s for sure! Congrats on guessing that one!

  2. In your own words, what is the plot of Batman Eternal? From my understanding, it’s Gotham and all of its characters have their world rocked when Catwoman becomes this big crime kingpin. But that can’t be enough to capture all the nonsense you’ve been describing for the past 51 weeks.

    • Catwoman was merely a subplot in all of this.

      In my own words, and if I’m being polite, Batman Eternal was about a villain working behind the scenes to bring Batman and Gotham City to their knees. He did this by employing a variety of different villains in a variety of different roles. Some of the villains’ actions were carefully orchestrated, and some of them were left to their own devices, used just to distract Batman from what was really going on.

      • Glenn H. Morrow

        Does the reveal actually work, you think? Does the story feel like all of it was really planned?

        Basically, does that panel justify 51 weeks of worse-than-mediocrity? =P

      • Oh absolutely not. There’s nothing at all in the previous 50 weeks that points towards Owlman. I didn’t read any clues or anything of the like. I just tried to think of a bad guy who would be big enough to get this kind of reveal, and I got lucky.

  3. Wow! Nice guess. I can’t believe people actually thought Cluemaster was important (even for the duration of a single issue).

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