The New Yorker Doesn’t Understand Batman

A critical look at a New Yorker cartoon

December 21, 2015

The above cartoon was published on page 73 of the November 9, 2015 issue of The New Yorker and was drawn by Danny Shanahan.

I’m not sure what’s going on over at that once fine publication, but clearly their fact-checking department is failing them.

Everyone knows that Bruce Wayne, along with his mother, Martha, and father, Thomas, were walking through an alley after attending a showing of Mark of Zorro when they were accosted by a thief who attempted to rob them. While it’s unclear if Martha was shot or had a heart attack when Thomas was shot, one thing is clear: she died as a result of the robbery. Bruce, heartbroken, decided that he would wage war on criminals; he trained extensively in martial arts, mastered detective skills, and adopted the persona of a bat to prey on the fears of criminals.

How could they get it so wrong?

Also, Bruce Wayne doesn’t have a sister.