A few years back, we got to pitch BATMAN for LEGENDS OF THE DARK KNIGHT. The added kick, was that we’d have been allowed to play with the western version of Batman that had been popularized by Grant Morrison. All of the stories were episodic, but when read together contributed to a much bigger and broader story: Here are a few bits from the pitch that I really loved:
Reporter L. Frank Baum receives odd letters in the mail, which causes him frightening hallucinations. At the same time, a local business man uses this as an opportunity to spread fear as The Scarecrow.
“The Lazarus Tonic”
Batman tracks down Arkady Duvall, who is illegally shipping “medicine” down the Mississippi River. On the trail of Arkady, he finds himself in direct contact with the Society of Shadows.
“The Chronic Argonauts”
Batman encounters Tobias Manning, who has used H.G. Wells’s notes to travel through time. His plan is to alter history, allowing the Confederate Army win the war by killing Ulysses S. Grant.
“All Hands On Deck”
Batman learns that the Royal Flush Gang has been performing some riverboat heists. Going undercover a gambler, he soon discovers that that all 52 passengers aboard are members of the nefarious gang.