With the release of the second cover for Forever Evil, the big question has been "who is Batman?" After all, the Justice League is "dead," so it has to be someone else, right? I've seen some truly out there theories ranging from it's Nightwing all the way to it being Lincoln March, and for some reason Owlman from Earth 3 wants to turn Dick into a Talon... Yeah, I don't fucking know. But you know what?
Occam's razor, bitches!
Batman is Batman, and I'm going to tell you why.
First off, let's take a look at some art from the soon to be released Justice League of America #8.
The Justice League defeated! or "dead" as the Crime Syndicate would like us to think. Wonder Woman, Superman, Aquaman, Martian Manhunter, all heavy hitters down for the count... Wait a minute, I don't see no Batman? Hmm. That brings us to my next point.
Aquaman's trident, the Lasso of Truth, Superman's cape. All objects used by the Crime Syndicate to prove that the Justice League is "dead." But notice, none of the Batman villains are given anything to celebrate about. No broken cowl in a massive wink and nod to The Dark Knight Rises, no cape, no utility belt. Nothing. Batman is pretty big shit, and you'd think that if they had the proof, the Crime Syndicate would want to show it.
Yeah, I'm not done.
You know who has also been described as having a large part in this story?
Catwoman. Where was she when the Crime Syndicate invaded? With the Justice Leagues? That means someone clearly had to been able to escape being "killed." Wait... who was the last person we see Catwoman with?
Batman? You don't say! And we know Constantine escaped, so if that cockroach can escape, you know Batman can too.
STILL NOT DONE!
Speaking of cockroaches, let's move on to a quote from a Newsarama interview:
Nrama: The issue also has Batman on the cover, which is a character you know well. But wait... this being a "no heroes"-slash-villains story, is that Batman?
Finch: Yeah, that's Batman. And yeah, I have a little history with Batman as well. And you know, I think Batman's like a cockroach. You can't kill him. So no matter what happened to the heroes, Batman's going to still be around.I don't see how you could get any simpler than that. "Yeah, that's Batman." He's a "cockroach" you "can't kill him" and he's "going to still be around" not phrases you would use for someone who just puts on the costume. I've seen people try to just complicate this beyond belief by saying stuff like "Well he didn't say Bruce Wayne." Yeah, fuck off. Do you specify Batman as Bruce Wayne every time you talk about him? I really bet not.
HE'S THE GOD DAMN BATMAN!