Re: DC's New 52: Reviews and Discussion (Spoilers welcolme and likely)
^ That was my exact thought. I wouldn't be surprised if Alfred was killed off, or perhaps maimed somehow. Maybe Alfred's eyes? That would be enough to send Bruce spiralling back down the isolationist path again. I'm actually really looking forward to seeing what part Harper will play in this.
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