The Original Superman Still Knows How To Embarrass Batman

The Original Superman Still Knows How To Embarrass Batman

This week DC Comics launched Trinity, a new series focusing on the relationship between Wonder Woman, Batman and Superman — and it shines a humanising light on the World’s Finest in a way other series really can’t. It also reminds us that a) Batman’s history is filled with hilarious moments, and b) Bruce Wayne is a terrible, miserable dinner guest.

The Original Superman Still Knows How To Embarrass Batman

The whole premise of Trinity #1 — written and drawn by Francis Manapul — is Lois inviting Diana and Bruce over to the White (née Kent) family farm for dinner. In the wake of the New 52 Superman’s death, and the old Superman taking on the mantle of this world’s Man of Steel, they have to open themselves to the people the old Clark Kent surrounded himself with… including his closest allies.

Diana is perfectly fine with dinner — she even brings a wild boar for the meal — but Bruce? Bruce is grumpy as hell.

The Original Superman Still Knows How To Embarrass BatmanBruce Wayne: Billionaire, Batman, Curmudgeon.

Bruce Wayne: Billionaire, Batman, Curmudgeon.

When Bruce bemoans that Super-son Jon is too young to be trusted to use his powers properly, Clark tries to lighten the mood with a recollection about Bruce putting his own faith in kid heroes… and it’s a great throwback:

The Original Superman Still Knows How To Embarrass Batman

Yes, that is indeed the Rainbow Batman suit, from the infamous Detective Comics #241, a garish technicolor dream-suit Batman donned to distract villains from cottoning on about Robin’s true identity. It’s a shame Superman is only remembering his Batman — the Batman of the New 52 universe grumpily states he doesn’t remember doing that at all — but it’s still a great throwback and gets Bruce hilariously grumpy.

Hopefully Trinity keeps humanising these three heroes like this, because it’s lovely to see.


  • It’s almost tragically hilarious how in just a year, DC has gone from being terrible in comics, to absolutely reigning. Yet Marvel has utterly shitshoed it in with only the occasional decent one. Marvels at a major low apparently in sales with DC at an absolute high.

    Still, in the movie industry it’s the complete opposite for them with Marvel slaying DC.

    I hope both can fix their shit, Marvel bring their comics back, they seem to be having a huge identity crisis at the moment (I thought Crisis were a DC thing lol) while DC seem to be having that identity crisis on film…

  • I thought Secret Wars crapped all over the nonsense DC put out between 2015 and 2016. But right now I’m baffled with Marvel’s direction though there are some gems like The Mighty Thor, Empress and… actually, no, that’s all I can think of.

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