I posted this essay before.
I believe Damian Wayne is not just a 2-D character that DC pulled out of their butts as a marketing ploy to get consumers’ attention as the Son of Batman. Damian Wayne is for all intents and purposes an interesting character who suffers right up there with Guts (Berserk) , Kratos (God of War), Piccolo, X-23, Orphan, Vegeta, Raven, Blade, etc.
He’s a character whose collective, quite knowledgable, knows their existence is problematic and yet really wants to do good. He was artificially created as an asset to replace his father, yet because he looks like his father, yet every time he looks at Batman Damian sees hope in himself for redemption.
Damian is a brutalized, hardened, grounded, effed-up kid that one could argue was put through a ton of child abuse yet nevertheless accomplished more than any person could have by age 10. His mother and grandfather got it in his head to be ruler of the world and be the ultimate assassin. Even worse is he gets caught in the crossfire between Batman and the al-Ghuls, further torturing the poor sap making him a pawn for anyone he perceives as his superior. His brash, insubordination, and self-centeredness (everones’ critique) is him overcompensating over the fact that he wants to make Batman proud yet feels that he’s being held back by Wayne’s methods of justice contrasting of the al-Ghuls’ upbringing/prepping of Damian. The kid just doesn’t feel whole and gets little release.
It’s characters like these that really make one wonder what direction they’re going with with so much potential, and plenty of room for growth. Batman 666 really made him into the intimidating bat that has quite the questionable sense of morale. Damian represents an ultra-dark side to the world of Batman, a very demonic one that clashes with the uncanny valley where no one knows what’s right or wrong anymore, conflicting ethics, and humanity takes a daring shot at tackling that predicament, whatever the outcome.
Damian Wayne is an excellent character.