Fandom: DC Comics
Word count: About 160
Notes: No Man's Land, redux. I like the scenario I came up with more than the fic itself.
"They declared it No Man Land's, Batman. Not even the League has authorization to enter."
"Good. Tell J'onn to keep away from the city in the psychic plane as well."
"Superman says he went into shock as the Mad Hatter's psi-bomb exploded. They don't think he'll be ready for duty for days."
"Noted. Anything else?"
"I'm bringing the Outsiders to Gotham."
"No. Nobody else enters Gotham. The bomb's psychic distortion field is still active - the last thing we need are metas going insane inside a city full of insane people."
"Then I'll go alone."
"It's an order, Nightwing."
"I won't let you alone in there!"
"You have your mission. League business takes priority."
"Dammit, Bruce! I've seen the satellite telemetry. It's a Gotham-sized Arkham in there!"
"I can handle it."
"Let me help. Please."
"No. Stay where you are."
"Were you affected by the bomb?"
"...Batman over and out."
I only realized the parallel with the Batman #1,000,000 premise after writing this. I still think it should have been done this way - Batman belongs to Gotham.
And from my much-loved Dictionary of Quotations, edited by Bergen Evans:
Gotham is a town in England. Legend had it that the inhabitants, in order to discourage King John from establishing a castle and garrison there, pretended to be mad. [...]