Insomnia is a strange bedfellow - here’s what popped into my head at 3:30 am.
Alt. Batman -
What if: young Bruce Wayne wasn’t killed by the gunman that shot his parents in the alley because of an intervention by an unnamed superhero (however, such a hero would have to have either super speed/invisibility or warp) that little Bruce didn’t see due to a combo of youthful trauma and the superhero’s own power *see above*.
As time goes on, Bruce goes through his training and becomes Batman. Joins the Justice League and, over the course if many years & a chance discovery of old JL files that cover the incident, begins to piece together the mystery surrounding his parent’s death and someone within the Justice League’s involvement in it.
Through his detective work, Bruce eventually discovers the JLA’s involvement and the reasons for it- (some villain that had traveled back in time to kill Bruce as a child so that Batman never came into being). And which superhero from the JLA was involved - and that, wanting to not upset the balance of the present too much, decided to only save Bruce and made the conscious choice to let his parent’s die again even though there was now enough time to save them.
Bruce feels the rage and sadness all over again - now having list his family a second time and confronts his JLA partner on their decision.
Shit goes down.
What that shit is or will be, I have no idea. I didn’t think that far ahead. In fact, I’m not terribly familiar w/ Wayne’s history, outside of the basics, so for all I know, something like this would never work.
In fact, something similar may already be out there - I have no clue. But it popped into my head for God knows what reason in the wee hours between 3:00 am and “Oh My God, I Just Want To Fucking Sleep,” o’clock. So I figure I’d put it down for posterity.