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Alternate Universe Stuff

OK, this is an example of the weird stuff that pops into my head when I'm not using it.

Two canonical superheroes: Spider-Man and Batman.  One gets a hyphen, one does not.  Anyway, we all know the Origin Stories:

- Spider-Man: Peter Parker is bitten by a radioactive spider, and gains proportional powers ( except for the anal spinnerets, thank goodness).  His uncle is murdered and he takes up the burden of power.

- Batman: His parents are murdered.  He takes up the burden of stopping people who do things like that.  He dresses up as a bat, because people fear bats.

Still here?  What patience.  

SO: what would have happened if Bruce Wayne was afraid of spiders?  What if Peter Parker had been nipped in the lab by a radioactive bat?

How would Bat-Man and Spiderman be different, with the one having powers and the other having a belt full of cool stuff that he, as a science student, whipped up in the lab?


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May. 29th, 2012 03:22 pm (UTC)
The earliest Batman comic was titled "The Bat-Man." Anyway...

Bat-Man would be kinda like Daredevil: mostly blind but fully compensating. Depending on the writer, he would have either webbed arms or artificial wings of his own creation. If bitten by a vampire bat, he'd use toxins in his attacks.

Spiderman would make his suit look more like Venom. In darker years, his favorite MO for handling gangs would involve making individual crooks suddenly disappear upward, or perhaps down a trapdoor. His gadgets would include robot spiders for espionage and spider-shaped ninja stars (more practical than the Batarang when you think about it).
May. 29th, 2012 09:15 pm (UTC)
"Bat-Man" would be physically disfigured with the change, and would not be able to use his alter-ego of Bruce Wayne.
Plus, real bats don't have nearly the same level of ability as spiders, so the series wouldn't be nearly as cool as it is now.

"Spiderman" wouldn't really change all that much, I think.
Just about everything a spider can do can be replicated with appropriate applications of technology, real or (currently) imagined.
May. 29th, 2012 09:16 pm (UTC)
Say, who would have a ward in this alternate universe?
Would "Spiderman" have a side-kick?
What abilities would he have?
May. 30th, 2012 07:34 pm (UTC)
But Bruce Wayne could afford a laser the size of a Bic pen. A grad student lives on ramen and $5-pizza-special-night. How is he going to get a Spidermobile on those terms?
May. 29th, 2012 11:05 pm (UTC)
The Batmobile would suffer terribly.
Mainly because there's no way you could put make spider-themed tail fins.
May. 30th, 2012 07:35 pm (UTC)
Re: The Batmobile would suffer terribly.
The Spidermobile would be a 20-year-old Corolla, Not very impressive.
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