I actually think having Batman being placed in a time when the concept of the knight was dying off, would work. Batman would use a sword instead of the new guns and other new weapons of war, as well as other techniques. He would hang on to the idea of honor and chivalry (an idealistic idea, even in the golden age of knighthood, but Batman, being born after the heyday of the knight would have only known the good parts) long after the rest of Europe began to depend on mercenary armies. I want to see Batman’s alter-ego and the other characters!
|A literal Dark Knight|
The world at the time was in a state of flux with the War of the Roses in England, Ottoman encroachment into Europe, and the start of the Renaissance (typically associated with the fall of Constantinople in 1453). The king at the time was Frederick the Third, a ruler who had a fondness for marking things with the acronym A.E.I.O.U. although the meaning and reason for this has never been firmly identified. A riddle, perhaps?
|"Bruno von Wagner"|
as Germanic Batman
|Reminds me of Kefka|
from Final Fantasy 6
You'd think with the popularity of Batman movies and the Game of Thrones HBO mini-series the idea I'm pitching here would have been done already. I guess comic book conservatism has kept it form happening though. After all superheroes are supposed to be American, not German. I have a feeling doing a Prussian Batman would inadvertently conjure up Godwin comparisons and possibly "master race" emotional baggage left over from the events of World War 2. It's a bummer since the time period predates Nazism or even the country of Germany by several hundred years. Not to mention that the real Batman is a white guy which means his ancestors had to have migrated to America from somewhere in Europe. Oh well...if some people don't like the idea that's fine, but I still say it's a better idea than Superman versus Batman.