Batman gets credited for inspiring most, if not all, mask and cape wearing vigilantes who pop up in Gotham with illusions of ridden the city of crime and injustice. Righting wrongs, and protecting and serving. I don’t have a problem with it. He has been a great source of influence. Not to mention he’s taking the time to teach many of them.
I don’t believe it’s entirely fair to give him as much credit as we do where the Huntress is concerned. Maybe I’m a little bitter because he hasn’t been as nice to her as he has to others or shown her understanding when he should have, when she needed it most. A wrong I hope he rights when he returns from…well you have to be reading.
Most of us know Huntress tragic childhood. Her father, Capo of Gotham, mother, and brother were murdered. She mistakenly left alive. Other family members from Metropolis, New York, to Boston, also murdered. She was the last surviving Bertinelli, the living princess of a mafia dynasty. For own her protection, at age eight, she was sent to live with her mother’s brother’s family in Sicily; a family of assassins.
Despite the impenetrable safety that was Sicily, Helena’s life was consumed with fear and nightmares. By her own admission, from the first day she stepped on the Asaro farm, it was her cousin, Salvatore Asaro, who would step in and assume the role of big brother. He’d be her comforter, her protector, her confidant, and most important, he’d show Helena how to over come her fear. He would teach her that “blood cries for blood”.
To me, Sal Asaro has been the most important and influential man in Helena’s life. They have a special bond. She’s fiercely, though not blindly, loyal to him. It’s unconditional. She’s aware of his sins. He’s a monster. He’s a villain in someone’s story. But to her, he’ll always be her HERO.