Is Batman’s Identity Really a Secret?


Greetings Batman fans, I’ve found this fun article on io9.com, ‘The Many, Many People Who know Batman’s “Secret” Identity’ written by Rob Bricken. It really does beg the question, is Batman’s Identity really a secret?

The Bat-Family: Back when Bruce Wayne became Batman, only one person knew the hero’s true identity — his faithful butler Alfred. When Bruce decided to adopt the newly orphaned Dick Grayson and train him as his sidekick, Robin also discovered the secret. But slowly, the Bat-family grew, encompassing three other Robins, including Jason Todd, Tim Drake and Bruce’s own son Damian; three Batgirls, including Barbara Gordon, Cassandra Cain and Stephanie Brown; Azrael, who served as Batman for awhile. WayneTech’s R&D head Lucius Fox knows, obviously, and although Commissioner Gordon has never outright admitted it, he almost certainly has to know who he’s been dealing with all these years or he’s be the worst detective ever.

It’s true, the Bat-Family has grown rather large over the years, but that doesn’t really mean that Batman’s identity isn’t a secret. If Bruce wasn’t sure that his loved ones could be trusted with his identity he wouldn’t have brought them into his war on crime.

The Teen Titans: Hilariously, upon entering the Teen Titans, Dick Grayson apparently went out of his way to tell ALL of his new teammates about Batman’s true identity. Starfare, Raven, Beat Boy, Donna Troy, and Terra. Seeing as Terra was actually Deathstroke the Terminator’s evil sidekick in disguise, this was a bad idea. Loose lips sink Bat-ships, Robin.

Rob must be talking about an old incarnation of the Teen Titans, because everything I’ve read and seen of the Teen Titans has Dick Grayson refusing to give up his identity for a very long time before finally giving his team mates a false name, so that no one would know that he was Richard Grayson, ward of Bruce Wayne. So in this case I have to say that yes Batman’s identity was kept secret.

You can read Rob Bricken’s full article here on io9.com. The article goes on to talk about the villains who know Batman’s secret, and this has always amused me. Yes many of Batman’s biggest villains seem to know, or definitely know, that Bruce Wayne is Batman, but let’s face it, they love playing games with Batman, so they won’t ever use it against him. So in conclusion Batman’s identity is very much an open secret but we love him anyway.

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