Detective No. 27
The name Michael Uslan is better known to Dark Knight aficionados
as "The Boy Who Loved Batman" and the man who pushed hard and
tirelessly to make his dream of a Batman film a reality.
His go at an Elseworld Graphic Novel is called Detective No. 27
and it does star Bruce Wayne rather than "Batman," acting as the
27th member of a secret society of sleuths. So far, so good.
A period piece it appears to have taken a nod from Ragtime,
working in as many historical figures and references as it could,
and providing an exhaustive bibliography of same. It also has
has a few elements in common with Batman Begins: the evil
nemesis's plot is to poison Gotham City with a mind-altering drug
that induces intense fear, that much is noted in the Amazon reviews.
The reviewer missed a second parallel, this Selina Kyle is Bruce's
childhood friend akin to Rachel Dawes in Begins.
We're left to wonder what the hell happened? Here
Selina/Catwoman is the sole love interest, beautiful, sexy, capable
and a childhood friend of Bruce's. Even if she is not his full
equal socially, she is certainly close enough to his world to not be
street trash. If this is the guy behind the Nolan movies and
he started off with such a non-toxic view of her uncontaminated by
DC's joint quest to promote Talia and relegate Selina to the
gutters, we're left to wonder what went wrong by the time she made
her appearance in the Nolan trilogy.