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Challenge IssuerGreywizard
Challenge NameTall, Dark and Forever Brooding
Challenge TypePersonal Challenge
Category DC Universe > Batman
DescriptionNo, this isn't a challenge about Angel, despite what the title might make you think. It's about the champion brooder of the DC Universe – Bruce Wayne, AKA The Batman.

I think this would be best suited to the movieverse Batman, happening early in his career, but if you want to set this in the current DC Universe, feel free to do so.

Basically, the challenge is that Batman comes up against a Scoobyverse vampire during one of his nightly patrols and is drained and Turned. Fortunately for Gotham and the rest of the DC Universe, though, the Bat also happens to be a Highlander pre-Immortal, so when the blood demon tries to take over his dead body, it is foiled by his Quickening activating and resurrecting him.

It's up to you whether Bruce/Batman retains any of the abilities blood demons usually instill in the bodies they take over – superhuman strength, speed and senses, the need for blood, whatever. Still, regardless of whether Bruce/Batman retains any vampiric characteristics or not, he is now a Highlander Immortal and is able to eventually heal from any type of injury, short of decapitation.

Exactly how could this development affect the Dark Knight? When he first awakens after being drained, he might think he was merely rendered unconscious and left for dead by his attacker. It's only after he gets seriously injured while fighting the forces of evil and discovers that he now heals extremely rapidly and can easily recover from what would normally be extremely serious, critical or fatal injuries that he's going to begin to wonder exactly what happened to him and what he actually is.

To make this a 'legal' crossover for Twisting The Hellmouth, you can have any of the various vampires named in BtVS or AtS be the vampire who attacks or drains him (Darla after she's resurrected by Wolfram and Hart and turned for the second time by Drusilla; Drusilla; Penn; Kakistos; Mr. Trick, or any of the other vampires listed in the Buffyverse Wiki (

It's not necessary to have any Highlander characters show up to explain exactly what he is or to tell him about the 'Game.' In fact, it might be fun to just let exactly what's happened to him be a mystery Batman needs to investigate, when he's not busy pursuing the criminals infesting his city. This could lead to him discovering that he was adopted by the Waynes and is not their actual genetic offspring, something which could lead him to all sorts of interesting crossovers.

It could also significantly affect any relationships he has formed or might form with other superheroes in the DC Universe, depending upon when you set it.
Challenge Date3 Jul 10
Last Updated3 Jul 10

Challenge Responses

There are all sorts of creatures that haunt the night, and some are a lot scarier than others. A response to my own TTH Challenge 5613 and my own TTH challenge 1733.
Only the author can add chapters to this story DC Universe > Batman • Greywizard • FR18 • Chapters [2] • Words [5,413] • Recs [1] • Reviews [23] • Hits [8,203] • Published [11 Feb 11] • Updated [8 Jul 11] • Completed [No]