Batman’s Daughter Joins The DC Universe

In “Justice Society of America” #5 (by Geoff Johns, Mikel Janin, Jerry Ordway, Jordie Bellaire, John Kalisz, and Rob Leigh), Huntress follows up on meeting Batman by telling him about her life, the death of Catwoman, what happened to her Justice Society, and how he’ll be murdered in 20 years. The Caped Crusader struggles to find the words to respond to Helena, and before he can fully utter a response, she gives him an emotional hug.

Batman eventually collects himself and tells his daughter that she shouldn’t have told him about his future, saying saving him shouldn’t be her priority. In response, Helena tells him she had no choice but to warn him and that she’d risk the universe for him, despite the possible effect on the timeline. At that moment, Batman begins to understand Helena’s actions, revealing to her that he’d risk the universe for his father, too. In fact, he recently did that exact thing in “Flashpoint Beyond,” where he saved his father, Thomas Wayne, the Batman in the Flashpoint timeline. Considering his dark history, Batman understands what it’s like to lose someone close to him and what you would do if you had the chance to save them long after it seemed like it was impossible to do so.

The heart-to-heart between the father and his future daughter is cut short when Madame Xanadu and heroes from the Justice Society of America arrive on the scene. She tells Batman that he will still face the consequences of trying to save his father. But that’s a problem for another day, as the interaction between JSA, Helena, and Batman is interrupted by Per Degaton, who once again shows off his incredible powers in a violent attack on the team.


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