I wouldn't be too surprised if it happened in the past, like the Silver or Gold eras, but it would not fly today, for two reasons:
1. A legitimate concern, since his basic EXISTENCE depends on him angsting over his parent's death. If they had his parents show up from the afterlife to talk about it, they would still need him to angst over their deaths. And very, very few parents would want their kids to be doing what he's doing.
It would be a challege for the writers to come up with a way for the parents as ghosts to tell Bruce not to feel sorry for them, yet not tell him to stop crimefighting like 99.9% parents would say, and still have Bruce angst over their deaths in order for the motivation for his fight to stay the same.
Its the status quo. 'cause after all these years, they're not going to start saying "He's doing it both because of his parents, saving other kids from the same fate, and justice, he's just mellowed out a bit when it comes to his parents..." when they recap his origin each time.
2. Batman's too "realistic" now, even as they try to (thankfully) try to mellow Bruce from "Bat-Jerk" to someone who can be friends again with Supes and WW (THANK YOU!), yet still be serious and grim at times. Which is the thing, fans and writers together confusing "serious", "grim", even "dramatic" with "realistic", even though the latter isn't necessary for the previous 3.
Even if they did come up with a decent story that could keep the status quo, they wouldn't have Bruce meet his parents' ghosts.
'cause after all, we all know how Batman is all-so realistic, fighting criminal kinpins...rapists...kidnappers...men who look like crocodiles...women who control plants and are part plant...men and women made up of living mud...and the worst killers getting conveniently sent to an insane asylum over and over instead of being executed...the occassional demonic being.......
Last edited by shoujoaifan; 08-07-2006 at 07:47 PM.
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