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Obviously, their murder was responsible for Bruce Wayne becoming Batman, a very exceptional person. My question is, was the young Bruce Wayne shown to be, prior to this event, a child prodigy or was he a normal kid?

In those days, kids who scored extremely high on academic/IQ tests were routinely "skipped" multiple grades. Was this the case with BW before his parents' death?

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  • Supposedly he has an IQ of 192. I'm assuming he was a smart kid
    – Valorum
    Apr 11 at 17:48
  • @Valorum: yes, but what did we see of this or does BW's recorded history pretty much start from the time his parents were murdered?
    – releseabe
    Apr 11 at 17:51
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    Related question.
    – TheLethalCarrot
    Apr 11 at 18:17

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We see Bruce in his youth in Adventure Comics #275 (1938). He shows excellent intellect and athleticism.

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He's also interested in fighting crime and serving justice.

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In Batman: Urban Legends #8 (2021), we see a young Bruce being read a story by his father. He shows an almost pathological obsession with preparedness, even at this formative age.

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  • The OP asks for evidence of genius before his parents were murdered. The first example you cite is obviously from after the murder, when he is training himself.
    – Pete
    Apr 12 at 0:09
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    @Pete - I would draw your attention to the first panel "Boys and girls, meet Bruce Wayne. His father is Doctor Wayne who has just moved into town"
    – Valorum
    Apr 12 at 0:26
  • what are the red-headed characters?
    – releseabe
    Apr 12 at 1:18
  • @releseabe - Those are Professor Pyg's kidnapped brainwashed minions. The story revolves around Batman's flashback to his childhood because of the villain du jour's name
    – Valorum
    Apr 12 at 6:09
  • Hmm. The comic book artist seems to be really bad at drawing children. They look like adults. In most versions Bruce was only 8 years old when his parents died
    – Ivo
    Apr 12 at 8:12

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