Leonard:: I've always thought that it would be fun to see a little more of Batman's black mercy dream, because I think that if Bruce Wayne's parents weren't killed, he would have grown up to be the most boring motherfucker on the planet.
Jon:: He would've been Bob Kane, ironically. "I've got a, er, business trip to Miami, Kathy. Oh, and ain't this a hassle, I'm staying in a hotel that's hosting a perfume convention, so don't be surprised if I come home smelling like cheap tarts. I mean, can you believe it, I asked for a shirt collar withOUT lipstick on it. Well, whaddya gonna do?"
Leonard:: "Whoops, out of martooni juice! Alfred be a dear won't you."
Jon:: There's a conceit among Batman writers, in those rare "Bruce's parents didn't die" stories, where he eventually becomes Batman or something like Batman during some moment of clarity, despite a life of luxury. And I know his name’s on the cover and everything, but wouldn't it be nice if Bruce Wayne became something ... other than Batman? Just once?
Leonard:: Bruce Wayne would have only become Bruce Waynier if his parents hadn't died
Jon:: I reckon I'd have Bruce Wayne become a trustafarian college radical, and then becomes Richard Branson.
Leonard:: Right. Instead of the Batplane, he builds a big-ass balloon and flies it to the Himalayas for a photo op.
Jon:: And the only way he resembles Batman is that everyone loathes and envies him simultaneously.
Leonard:: He has Lex Luthor over for cocktails and is really sympathetic about that AWFUL Superman, then he has an interview with Clark Kent and bitches about Lexcorp. Throws Catwoman's bail so she'll sleep with him. He HONESTLY doesn't know who Harvey Dent or Jim Gordon are. "Gordon's the mayor, right?
Jon:: Has all these photo ops with orphanages he funds. Dick Grayson all seventeen and in and out of foster homes, Alfred drinking all the time.
Leonard:: Reads about Dick's parents getting killed at the circus and he's like "I should buy a circus!"
Jon:: Bat cave all filled with concrete.
Leonard:: He's always getting kidnapped by the Joker, waiting for Black Orchid to come rescue him, but it all goes Ruthless Peopleand the Joker gives him back for free. Back at stately Wayne Manor, Alfred all wearing a party hat and a noisemaker, then Joker dumps him on the front steps. "Oh DAMN it!"
Jon:: Man, Bruce Wayne, the most useless guy in the DCU. Simon Stagg all buying him out at auctions.
Leonard:: He does some crazy-ass shit, and Leslie Tompkins is all "Bruce, your father would be so ashamed of you." And then Thomas Wayne pops his head in from the kitchen, "Aw, go easy on the boy." Bruce is all "Thanks, dad, I'm going snowmobiling, is there any champagne left?"
Jon:: I can't even imagine where to take this. Except at age 60, Bruce appears on Dancing With The Stars after several years on the conservative pundit circuit.
Leonard:: He's a go-to crank for some obscure right-wing issue, like making Panama a U.S. state or something. Oh, and the bat really did fly through his window, but had no significance. And yet he still tells the story over and over.
Alfred, did I tell you about the time that huge-ass bat flew through the window of the study?"
"Only about a million times, sir."
"Yeah, how fucked up was THAT?"
Jon:: The World's Finest line-up changes like once every thirty or forty weeks, as Superman's unpowered partners never prove up to the task at some level. He starts his career partnered with The Black Pirate (d.1944, eaten by Saturnian Giant).
Ragman (d.1977, ripped in half by Anti-Superman/Ragman Revenge Squad). Codename: Assassin (d.1973) shortest ever term for a World's Finest partner, drowned when he forgot to charge his water-repelling boots.
Leonard:: The Big Three in the Justice League are Superman, Wonder Woman and whoever replaces the last guy to get fried by Kanjar Ro. "Man, I really thought the Human Target would be the one," says Green Lantern to a smoking pile of debris. Meanwhile, back at stately Wayne Manor, Bruce finishes his 83rd Sudoku book of the day.
Jon:: Superman and The Flash all interviewing The Protector from those Teen Titans anti-drug comics.
"Okay, we're going to give you some theoretical situations, we just want to hear your ideas of how you might handle these..." (flips through a stack of obituaries) "Okay, first off, you are trapped by the, let's see, Animal-Vegetable-Mineral Man. Keep in mind that 'tell him to say no to drugs' may NOT always be the best answer."
"Well, okay, let me think ... now, do we KNOW that he's already said no to drugs?
Because that's pretty pivotal to my message."
Leonard:: Man, this is the best 'Elseworlds' ever.
Jon:: Phone rings, Superman has to take it, it's the Composite SuperMan, "Hey, are you still with Prez? How's that guy wear his hair, kind of a Shawn Cassidy thing or more of a Leif Garrett? Uh, yeah, Prez got ... well, we were in the Phantom Zone? And ... listen, this is a bad time, I got a ... a guy right here? Yeah, we're interviewing. I'll let you know. Okay. Okay. Say hi to your mom for me. Okay. Haha, all right, I'll make sure we get a half-good looking guy, nice one, all right, see ya. Asshole."
Leonard:: Meanwhile, back in Gotham, Bruce Wayne donates $50,000 to the Boss Smiley campaign. "He had these amazing tapas at his fund-raiser, Alfred."