When Wade Wilson was deciding how to use his new powers, fate offered him the chance to become Batman, but instead he took a very different path.
Wade Wilson, aka the mercenary known as dead Pool, once had the chance to become Batman but completely ruined it, taking the famous inspiration of the Dark Knight in another direction. After escaping from the underground organization that gave him his powers, Wade Wilson was on the hunt for a new identity and a new purpose when an Omen came crashing through his window – a fan of Batman: Year One instantly recognized.
Unlike other heroes, Deadpool’s powers did not come naturally or through a tragic accident, but due to prolonged experimentation at the hands of Department K. Although the villains may have given Wade his signature healing factor , he was abused and tortured, ultimately leading to an escape from their establishment. On the run and with his cancer now at bay, Deadpool suddenly got a chance to chart a new course, but no idea what to do next.
In Deadpool # 36 by Christopher Priest, Paco Diaz and Andy Smith, Wade returns to a time after he escaped from Department K, narrowly avoiding brainwashing to become a government assassin. Free from cancer but badly scarred and having left his old life behind, Wade found himself talented, warped and lost, looking for any sign of a new goal. One day during his TV time, Wade had such an omen when a bat crashes through his window in a recreation of Frank Miller and David Mazzucchelli’s iconic scene. Batman: Year One.
In Batman: Year OneInjured and dying Bruce Wayne seeks advice after a disastrous first night patrolling Gotham, from where he barely makes it to Wayne Manor. Bruce is looking to honor the promise he made to his parents, but despite all of his training, something crucial is missing. Bleeding profusely, Bruce begs his father for a sign of what to do next, and as if in response, a bat crashes through his window. Bruce takes this as a sign, finally calling Alfred to come and offer medical care so that he can start shaping the character of Batman.
When the obvious tribute arrives at Deadpool, he can’t help but say, “It’s an omen, it must be!“in a truly dramatic way. But even the Batman origin story isn’t enough to get Wade out of his doldrums, and he was later seen eating the bat, consuming it instead of taking it as a When Wade later notices that the police kill a gunman, running away from the suspect, he again references Batman, commenting that the criminals are a superstitious and cowardly bunch, but that still doesn’t make him a hero.
Instead, this scene gives Deadpool the idea of becoming an independent henchman, acting like the arms and muscles of whoever hires him. It took years for Wade to become a true hero, going from an outright villain to an anti-heroic mercenary to a trusted ally of the Avengers and X-Men. dead Pool has made pop culture references a part of her identity, so it’s hilarious to consider that when given the opportunity to become Batman, Wade missed all the signs.
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