The following incorporates spoilers for The Flash #786, on sale now from DC Comics.
Everyone is aware of that Batman is considered one of DC’s hottest characters, if not the hottest. As such, a whole lot of consideration is given to him and his wider solid of characters. It’s seen his allies develop from merely Alfred and Robin to a whole nice huge Bat-Family, one deserving of a number of completely different titles simply to maintain up with it. However, the precise dimension of this household could also be somewhat out of hand, as a Dark Crisis tie-in simply proved.
Although the Flash Family rescued Barry Allen from his Dark Crisis jail, that did not imply they have been executed with the ongoing occasion in The Flash #756 (by Jeremy Adams, Amancay Nahuelpan, Jeromy Cox, Peter Pantazis and AW’s Justin Burch). When they acquired again, they have been instantly drafted into the world combat towards Deathstroke and the Dark Army. DC’s speedsters have been tasked with serving to the different main groups of the DC Universe attain each nook of the globe, to answer every menace as shortly as potential. Each workforce, like the Justice Society and the Titans, was tasked with defending complete continents themselves. Surprisingly although, the Bat-Family was tasked with North and South America.
Dark Crisis mainly simply acknowledged that the Bat-Family is so huge that they are on the similar stage as the JSA and the Teen Titans, which themselves are on the similar stage as the lacking Justice League. No different superhero household has these kinds of numbers. The Flash household might have been touring throughout the world, to each continent, however that was extra due to their powers than anything. Not even the Superman Family was tasked with a complete continent on their very own, though their powers solo would permit them to outclass most heroes.
In equity although, the Bat-Family has grown extremely giant over the years. So far, there have been 5 Robins (formally) and three Batgirls, with just one character having held each these mantels. That is not even counting the different Bat-Family members that do not fall into these classes, like Signal, Batwoman, or Batwing. There’s even some debate over whether or not characters like Huntress ought to be included. Although, in current points, the reply appears to be sure.
The indisputable fact that Batman has Batman Incorporated, his personal world workforce, to name upon might affect the determination right here. However, they have been nowhere to be seen in The Flash #786, or in Dark Crisis on the whole. From the seems to be of issues, the Bat-Family referred to on this subject is just the commonplace roster. Its members have been portrayed on equal footing to the JSA and Titans in different Dark Crisis points, with Oracle and Damian Wayne becoming a member of the briefing of the main DC groups in Dark Crisis on Infinite Earths #4 (by Joshua Williamson, Daniel Sampere, Alejandro Sánchez and Tom Napolitano).
It’s not simply this one subject of the Flash then, however the entire Dark Crisis occasion on the whole. They do have the numbers to make up their very own Justice League-style workforce if wants be. In truth, Batman has even executed so on a couple of event, by forming the Outsiders. Then there’s additionally the aforementioned Batman Inc. too. Assigning the closer-knit Gotham heroes to patrol all of North and South America reveals the religion in the Bat-Family on the whole.
What this ascension to Justice League stage actually means for the Bat-Family is how a lot religion DC has in them as a model. The Batman model extra typically is large and, while the Bat-Family would not get as a lot consideration as they deserve in different media, they do in the comics. This reveals how a lot effort and time DC has put into growing these characters and including to the Batman mythos over the years. More than they do for many of their characters. Really, what Dark Crisis is saying right here is that the Bat-Family, in the place it is in at present, might break free from the DC Universe with its colourful solid of characters. They’re so huge that they rival the Justice League and so dense that a whole universe might kind round Gotham alone.