Dr. Leslie Thompkins
one among Batman’s closest associates
From: “Bio: Leslie Thompkins” page on “World’s Best” web site (http://www.worldsfinestonline.com/WF/batman/bios/heroes/thompkins/; seen 1 January 2006): Leslie Thompkins attended medical faculty with Thomas Wayne and Rupert Thorne’s brother. After graduating, she remained close to Thomas Wayne and opened up her personal free medical clinic to help these in need, but cannot afford medical help. Leslie was the first one to console Bruce when his mother or father’s have been killed that faithful evening. She watched him grow as much as be a man, and is likely one of the few individuals who know that Bruce Wayne and Batman are one. She also is aware of the key identities of the opposite Gotham Knights as properly. She’s a properly respoected physician in Gotham, and certainly one of Bruce’s true mates.
After the occasions portrayed in the “Struggle Video games” story arc (2004), Batman realized that his long-time pal Leslie Thompkins willfully withheld life-saving medical remedy from Stephanie Brown, causing the girl to die. (Stephanie Brown was an ally of Batman. She was the superheroine referred to as “Spoiler”, and briefly took up the mantle of “Robin” as Batman’s sidekick.) By her inaction and flagrant violation of the Hippocratic oath, Leslie Thompkins was apparently trying to get Batman’s consideration or power him to re-consider his function as a costumed crimefighter. Leslie Thompkins’ position in killing Stephanie shocked and angered Batman, and he pressured her to go away Gotham City.
Supply: Detective Comics #799 (December 2004): “Warfare Video games Act three, Half 1: Good Intentions”, web page 2; written by Andersen Gabrych, pencilled by Pete Woods, inked by Cam Smith; reprinted in Batman: Struggle Video games, Act Three: EndGame trade paperback, DC Comics: New York City (2005).
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Batman has clearly heard Paul’s Biblical phrase “Work out your salvation with fear and trembling” (Philippians 2:12). Does Batman consider in salvation? Good question… Many readers in all probability suppose Batman is extra likely to imagine in damnation than salvation.
Above: Batman tells Dr. Leslie Thompkins to “work out her damnation” on her own. Dr. Thompkins is one of Batman’s oldest associates. Indeed, she was there for him in his childhood, from the time his parents had been murdered. But when Batman discovered that Dr. Thompkins had withheld life-saving medical remedy from his former sidekick, Stephanie Brown (a.k.a. “Spoiler” and, briefly, “Robin”), the Darkish Knight was not significantly forgiving.
[Supply: Batman #644 (late October 2005): “Conflict Crimes Part four: Judgment at Gotham”, DC Comics: New York City, page 22; written by Invoice Willingham, pencilled by Guiseppe Camuncoli, inked by Sandra Hope; reprinted in Batman: Struggle Crimes commerce paperback, DC Comics: New York City (2006).]
From: Batman #644 (late October 2005): “War Crimes Part 4: Judgment at Gotham”, DC Comics: New York City, pages 18-22; written by Bill Willingham, pencilled by Guiseppe Camuncoli, inked by Sandra Hope; reprinted in Batman: Struggle Crimes commerce paperback, DC Comics: New York Metropolis (2006): [The Batplane is available in for a landing on an enormous, empty plain.]
Narration/Batman: Six hours later I’m deep inside Africa. I’ve chased the rising solar, which go away me only some hours of darkness left. I am going to should work quick. The few airstrips listed here are too public for my needs, so I lavishly spend fuel to set down V-TOL [Vertical Take-Off and Touchdown] in a hidden arroyo.
A distant medical mission camp. Part of the Doctors Without Borders program.
This is the place she first embraced her life of pacifism and healing. This is the place where she has returned to attempt to atone. That is why she despatched me the anonymous tape — she’s looking for absolution.
[From a hilltop, Batman seems down at a sparse medical camp. In the middle of the camp, two folks sit at a table studying paperwork by lamplight. One is an black physician, probably African, probably African-American. The other is an African female nurse. An older lady – Dr. Leslie Thompkins – stands subsequent to the desk, holding a stack of papers.]
Leslie Thompkins: I’ve finished the inventory of the brand new supplies, Physician. What’s subsequent?
Male Doctor: Next is you get some sleep, Leslie. In case you hadn’t seen, it’s the middle of the evening.
[Leslie walks away.]
Lady Nurse: What’s her story? She has to be twice as outdated as any other volunteer but does twice the work.
Male Physician: I do not know. Leslie simply confirmed up final month and volunteered for grunt work.
Woman Nurse: It’s odd. She resembles a doctor who used to work here, hears in the past. And I think she has more medical training than she lets on.
Male Doctor: All Americans look the identical to you, Nurse. Let it go.
[Leslie walks right into a tent. Batman is there alone there, waiting for her.]
Batman (Bruce Wayne): Leslie Thompkins — You will have quite a bit to reply for.
Leslie Thompkins: Bruce. So you lastly showed up. Good. Now we are able to end this.
[Batman unmasks and faces his long-time friend as Bruce Wayne, not just Batman.]
Batman: You purposely withheld treatment from Stephanie. You let her die. Why?
Leslie Thompkins: I’d initially deliberate to assert it was a respectable triage resolution — allocation of time and assets under emergency circumstances. But we each know better, Bruce. Fact is I wished to finish it all — all the key warriors in hoods and capes. The limitless violence. I could now not be a social gathering to such madness. Best to sacrificee one to warning others from putting on these stupid masks.
Batman: Who’re you to resolve that? She had a full life ahead of her.
Leslie Thompkins: A life of persevering with to be the creature you and your sort turned her into. No, do not argue with me, Bruce. I do know what you’re and what I’ve develop into. We’re both monsters now. I watched you spend a lifetime making your self into one. However I suppose I had to outdo you. I managed to do it in one horrible second that erased all the things I’ve ever stood for.
[Leslie pulls a handgun out of her bag. Clearly she needs to shoot herself, or wants Batman to shoot her.]
Leslie Thompkins: I am prepared to end this now. I’ve burned my medical license and given my fortune away — set up a belief fund for Stephanie’s daughter. But I’m too cowardly to take the last step, that is what you’re here for, Bruce. You realize what to do!
Batman: But I don’t kill — which is, for the primary time, one of the variations between us. And I don’t maintain relationships with murderers. Do you imagine giving money to Stephanie’s daughter makes up for even a fraction of your crime? What child would not move up a fortune to have his mother and father back?
[We see an image of what Bruce Wayne is pondering of: himself, as a toddler, kneeling beside the murdered our bodies of his mom and father. He thinks of his own pain and thinks of what Leslie Thompkins has deprived Stephanie Brown’s daughter of.]
Leslie Thompkins: I just wanted to do something — anything — to end the madness.
Batman: And in so doing unleashed a cycle of events that resulted in quite a lot of murders. It did not finish with Stephanie. [As chronicled within the “Conflict Crimes” storyline that this scene is the conclusion of.]
Leslie Thompkins: I by no means does, Bruce!
Batman: And that’s why I keep combating. However I’ve never taken it upon myself to resolve who lives and who dies. I never threw another corpse on the pile, thinking, “It will present all of them! This may bring everybody to their senses!” That’s a sick thought from an evil mind.
Doctor Leslie Thompkins died in that same remedy room, along with Stephanie. What’s left is just one other soulless killer — another title to be added to my criminal database. Status: At giant.
Do not ever come again to America. I’ve provided tha authorities with all of the evidence on what you’ve done. They’re going to be coming for you.
Leslie Thompkins: Bruce, I–
Batman: Don’t ever apply medicine once more, anyplace, or I am going to know it. And by no means contact me again. You may should work out your damnation on your own.
[Batman leaves the tent. Leslie Thompkins buries her face in her palms and sobs. Batman walks off into the night.]
Narration/Batman: The chill lances by me as quickly as I leave her tent. Who knew an equatorial desert country could be so chilly.
Narration: The end.
The author of the observe beneath apparently did not click on on the “goddess worship” link for Dr. Leslie Thompkin’s name. In any other case he would have been in a position to see material from at the very least one situation which makes reference to Thompkins’ invocation of “goddess.” From: “The religion of comedian book characters” discussion board dialogue, started 3 December 2006 on RPG.web website (http://discussion board.rpg.internet/showthread.php?s=9326f642dca06ede764bcd691814750c&t=299781; viewed 25 April 2007):
2-03-2006, 11:18 PM
Rip van Mason
Re: The religion of comedian e book characters
Man, I might like a clue to which difficulty established that Dr. Leslie Thompkins was into godess worship!