Back in 2001 I sent DC a pitch for a project called MONSTERS OF SCIENCE, featuring Superman and Batman. I’ve been cleaning up my old files and came across it, so I figured I’d post the five pages. This was done as a 19th century Batman/Dr. Jekyll mash-up. After watching his parents murdered by a psychopath, Bruce helps Mr. Utterson develop a serum that will turn him into the kind of man who can catch a killer. A Batman, with no fear, no remorse, no pain.
BATMAN: MONSTER OF SCIENCE
By Richard Evans
Two men of casual acquaintance, Policeman Jim Gordon and Mr. William Utterson, a lawyer, walk down a dreary 19th century London Street. The neighbourhood is dark and dingy, but the windows of the shops offer a little comfort to the few people walking by.
CAPTION (1) IT BEGAN IN CRIME ALLEY IN LONDON.
A large house rests between the rows of shops, the home of Dr. Bruce Wayne. The upper levels of the house are beautifully rendered, a marvel of architecture, while the lower levels, those directly next to the shops, are downtrodden, dark and gothic. A cellar door from a basement room leads onto the street. The door is bizarre, with rune symbols and bat designs carved into its thick frame.
The two men stare at the door, as if this is the first time they have seen it. It opens a small crack, and a black gloved hand can be seen.
As if part of the shadows, a bat-shaped man emerges, disappearing into the alley. The two men watch, too frightened to move.
CAPTION (2) IT WAS THERE WE FIRST SAW THE BAT, BUT IT WAS NOT OUR FIRST TIME SEEING DEATH OUTSIDE THIS DOOR.
FLASHBACK: To the alley. Mr. Utterson, much younger, his wife, and Dr. Thomas Wayne and his wife Martha are returning to the house after a night at the theatre. The neighbourhood looks much better, much more respectable and clean.
In a window of the house high above, a young Bruce Wayne watches his parents return.
Down a nearby street, Policeman Jim Gordon chases a thief armed with a large knife.
POLICEMAN GORDON (1) STOP! THIEF!
The thief runs right into the arms of Dr. Thomas Wayne.
DR. WAYNE (2) HOLD IT, RUFFIAN!
As the policeman arrives, the thief begins to panic, he struggles. The knife lashes out.
Mr. Utterson and his wife are sprayed with blood as the knife accidentally catches Martha Wayne across the throat.
Dr. Wayne releases the thief, who begins to run and catches his wife in his arms.
DR. WAYNE (1) MARTHA!!
Deciding against running, the cowardly thief stabs Dr. Wayne in the back, multiple times, a twisted grin on his face.
High above, blood has splattered on the glass window where the young Bruce watches in frozen shock and fear.
WIDE ANGLE: A shot of Dr. Bruce Wayne, grown up, surrounded by laboratory equipment. He is grim, determined, focused on his experiments.
CAPTION: POOR BRUCE, TO SEE SOMETHING LIKE THAT.
CAPTION 2: NO WONDER HE HAS DEDICATED HIS LIFE TO DISCOVERING THE ROOT OF MAN’S EVIL.
CUT TO; Mr. Utterson sits in his study, a glass of wine in one hand, an invitation to Wayne Manor in the other.
CAPTION: I MUST ASK BRUCE ABOUT THIS STRANGE SHADOW MAN. THERE WAS SOMETHING NOT RIGHT ABOUT HIM.
The bells of London chime over the city, a Batman can be seem moving across the rooftops below.
The dinner party is in full swing as Mr. Utterson and his wife arrive. They are greeted at the door by Alfred.
ALFRED: GREETINGS, MR. AND MRS. UTTERSON. MASTER BRUCE WILL BE DELIGHTED TO SEE YOU.
MRS. UTTERSON: AND WE’RE DELIGHTED TO BE SEEN IN SUCH COMPANY.
Mr. Utterson and his wife walk into the main ballroom just as Bruce Wayne finishes a dance with Selena Kyle, or Catwoman.
BRUCE: AS GRACEFUL AS EVER, SELENA.
SELENA: AND YOUR AS CLUMSY AS EVER, BRUCE.
Bruce turns and shakes hands with Mr. Utterson.
BRUCE WAYNE: I SEE YOU MADE IT OLD FRIEND!
MR. UTTERSON:THE WIFE WOULD NEVER LET ME MISS ONE OF YOUR PARTIES BRUCE.
Bruce turns and kisses Mrs. Utterson’s hand.
BRUCE: WELL, THEN SHE IS AS SMART AS SHE IS BEAUTIFUL.
MRS. UTTERSON: OH BRUCE, I’M OLD ENOUGH TO BE YOUR MOTHER.
A dark memory of Bruce’s mother, her throat slashed, falls over him.
BRUCE: MY MOTHER. . .