As our world becomes a smaller place on a daily basis, with the internet giving instant gratification, how safe would Bruce Wayne's secret be? Would a sneaky paparazzo get the incriminating picture? What measures would Bruce take to ensure no one would ever find out he was Batman? Would such a secret be safe in today's world?
I really wonder.
Let's face it, kids- if a person is even semi-famous and there are chances of a paycheck, there will always be a photographer. If Bruce Wayne was truly of this day and age, wouldn't it be common sense to suggest that he would have paparazzi following his every move? With his reputation as a womanizer, and the fact that he has so realistically crafted a party boy image, wouldn't he be on the top of the hit list?
With Brad and Angelina paying top dollar for security and being able to afford their privacy, they still are caught on the streets. When Heath Ledger died, there was no hiding the ambulance taking the body out. Just this past weekend, Sienna Miller was caught kissing Balthazar Getty, a married man, while topless on a boat in Italy. Britney Spears basically lived out her breakdown on film, eventually dating a paparazzo. Fading celebs hope to get caught on camera living their lives.
Where would this leave Bruce Wayne? For a man who craves secrecy, I bet it would be maddening. He would have to spend a good portion of his fortune creating privacy. Also, Dick Grayson and Tim Drake would have to spend a great deal of time collaborating with him. No more Mr. Man Whore for Dick, right? There would be TMZ digging into their past, wondering why three men spend so much time together. Then there would be the National Enquirer interview with the starlet that Bruce dumped. Maintaining privacy would be a fulltime job.
I doubt that even the most clever man on earth could maintain his secret identity in this world while cultivating such a playboy persona. The cameras would be everywhere, trying to catch him screwing around with his latest conquest while tripping down the stairs after one too many martinis. It would be mayhem.
For the most part, the comic book world has ignored this aspect of living in the public eye. One of the most realistic portrayals I have seen is in the story arc of Manhunter when Kate and Wonder Woman evaded the press during her very public trial. Even then, Wonder Woman didn't have the secret identity. It makes me really think that Diana, Bruce, and Clark could never have pulled off such a public meeting as is portrayed in Trinity #1 without cameras intruding and a pissed off Lois getting a camera stuck in her face in response.
What do you think? Should the paparazzi be more realistically portrayed? Could even Bruce Wayne keep a secret? What would the media do? I am very interested in your opinion on this.