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The Religious Affiliation of Comic Book Character
Alfred Pennyworth
the Butler for Bruce Wayne (Batman)

Headstone of Batman - a Christian cross bottony
Right: This image is from the cover of Teen Titans #18 (2004), written by Geoff Johns, pencilled by Mike McKone and inked by Marlo Alquiza. In this story, titled "Titans Tomorrow: Part Two," the Titans return from a trip to the 31st Century of the Legion of Super-Heroes, but accidentally find themselves ten years into their own future. Bruce Wayne (the original Batman) is dead in this possible near-future, and buried beneath a Christian cross. Tim Drake, the contemporary "Robin" and member of the Titans, confronts his near-future self, who has taken up the mantle and costume of Batman.

Note that Alfred's tombstone is a Christian cross. Many of the tombstones in this graveyard are not shaped like crosses, as shown in the story.

Discussion

From: "Catholic Clix - Comic info needed!" forum discussion started 3 May 2003 on HCRealms website (http://www.hcrealms.com/forum/archive/index.php/t-40338.html; viewed 24 May 2007):

thornnspear
05/03/2003, 21:04

Ok, so in recent films it's been apparent that Daredevil and Nightcrawler are Catholic...

So, who else out there could be fielded in a "Catholic" Heroclix team?


Billy Jack
05/26/2003, 20:10

Oh, hey, Alfred probably belongs to the Church of England, like me. Could he have raised Bruce as an Episcopalian?

From: "Is Batman an atheist or is he just not very religious?" forum discussion started 2 April 2007 on "Toon Zone" website (http://forums.toonzone.net/archive/index.php/t-187589.html; viewed 21 May 2007):

king zrz
04-02-2007, 10:32 PM

Is Batman an atheist or is he just not very religious?

Just curious because it confuses me in each comic I read.


king zrz
04-03-2007, 02:20 AM

...I do know that Alfred must have had some influence in raising him as a Christian. I mean Alfred is more religious from some of the comics I have seen (eg."The Haunted Knight"). Bruce probably believes in God but never feels like praying since he knows that there will always be evil lurking around the shadows and praying won't help unless you accopany it with the willingness to do what is necessary.


Palin Dromos
04-03-2007, 03:18 PM

While wondering about supposed super-hero religious affilations I stumbled upon this site.

http://www.adherents.com/lit/comics/comic_book_religion.html

it is by no means definitve or set in stone, just an interesting construction and set of theories.


Bleu Unicorn
04-03-2007, 07:30 PM

...I find it interesting that the Joker is listed as "atheist, being Batman's arch-enemy" -- and Alfred is Anglican...


The Guitar Slayer
04-04-2007, 11:04 AM

Alfred is English, and Anglican is another name for a follower of the Church of England. That makes sense...


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