Argentinian photography collective known as M.A.F.I.A. (Movimiento Argentino de Fotógrafxs Independientes Autoconvocadxs) have released a gallery of photographs that attempts to capture how an indigent Bruce Wayne would still maintain his crime-fighting alterego.
A lot of non-believers (I’d like to call them heathens) often say that Batman is nothing without his money. In some ways, it’s true, as it’s his resources that really allow him to continue on that war on crime. We all know that the rigorous training that made him the most badass human being in the world clearly will compensate for any loss of money or gadgets. I, personally, would rather not think about Bruce Wayne going bankrupt and becoming homeless. A thought of a dejected Bruce is pretty difficult to imagine without feeling an immense amount of sadness. However, a group of Argetinian photographers took it upon themselves to ponder on that very question through a series of heartwrenchingly beautiful photographs of an indigent Batman, still attempting to patrol the streets and fight crimes clad in a cape and cowl made of plastic bags, in a piece entitled Batman Pobre do Rio City (Poor Batman of Rio City).
Bruce Wayne Do Santos. Ex-millionaire. Ex-owner of underground estates. Ex-superfriend. Dismissed, homeless, landless. Wandering the city of Rio. A raw mixture of performance, comics, and street art.
Check out the rest of the pictures here.
Now, if I were to really scrutinize the piece in terms of Batfanaticism, it’s unlikely that if Bruce were to ever go bankrupt, he would become this… pathetic. But then again, depression drives people to different things and it’s quite possible that the loss of everything his parents ever worked for would push him over a certain edge. Well, as with any art piece, it stimulates a lot of thought and although I kind of disapprove of the treatment of the character, I have to admit that these shots are very well-constructed and there was a lot of thought put into this piece, regardless of whether or not the photographers were big fans of the character or not.
What do you think? Wonderful, thought-provoking art or insult to a beloved character? Let me know.