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.
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!
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.