Came up with a new crossover concept to possibly explore later.
The idea? A Batman/Warehouse 13 (SyFy original television series) crossover exploring an alternate explanation about why Tim Drake’s parents were hardly ever in his life…
Tim Drake is furious.
While he was out of town working with the Titans, someone broke into the building where all his parents’ belongs were being stored. Mysteriously, the only thing taken was trunk containing an assortment of souvenirs they had collected on their travels around the world. It infuriates Tim because some of his few fond memories of his parents as a child were hearing all the wild, made-up stories of all the Indiana Jones-styled adventures his mom and dad had to go through to find them. He wants them back!
Even more mysteriously, the theft attracts the attention of two federal secret service agents, Agent Myka Bering and Agent Peter Lattimer.
While trying to run his own investigation as Red Robin, while at the same time being forced to work with Myka and Peter, Tim inadvertently learns about Warehouse 13. When he goes searching for answers and eventually meets Artie (Arthur Neilsen), the Warehouse’s custodian…
Artie: Timothy Drake? You’re Jack and Janet’s son, right?
Tim: *confused* You knew my parents?
Artie: Of course I did. They were two of the finest agents I ever had the pleasure of working with. They were two of my dearest friends.
Turns out, the reason Jack and Janet were constantly traveling around the world wasn’t for their business. In reality, they were Warehouse 13 agents. The two of them had originally met when they were first assigned to the Warehouse and fell in love there. After marrying, they both “retired”. However after Tim was born and had gotten older, there was a sudden influx of active artifacts and they were reactivated by Mrs. Fredric herself because the Warehouse had become very short-staffed in those years. Jack and Janet also secretly harbored a desire to bring Tim into their work and the Warehouse once he was older.
Artie: *sighing* Janet always wanted you all to work together as a family here. She was literally counting the days until she could bring you to the Warehouse.
When Janet died and Jack was paralyzed, they were on a Warehouse assignment to recover an artifact from a voodoo witchdoctor. That particular artifact was never recovered.
After losing Janet, Jack retired for good from the Warehouse. No further contact was made between Jack and Artie. Arthur only learned of Jack’s death through a news report years later.
The “souvenirs” that were stolen from Tim’s storage were supposedly benign artifacts that his parents never brought back for storage at the Warehouse. They were going to use those things to eventually introduce Tim to the existence of artifacts and their work.
While trying to process everything he’s just learned about his parents’ secret life, Mrs. Fredric approaches Tim in private. Somehow, mysteriously, she knows about his own dual life as Red Robin, and his history working with Batman. She believes the combination of the skills he’s developed as a crime-fighter and detective as well as his own pedigree as the son of two stellar Warehouse agents would make him an ideal candidate to become an agent himself. Tim is firm in his refusal, at first, but Mrs. Fredric is very good at planting tempting seeds of doubt.
Tim: I don’t have time to work for you people. I have too many responsibilities in Gotham.
Mrs. Fredrick: But it is what your parents wanted for you.
Mrs. Fredrick: You could use this opportunity to learn more about them. Learn about who your mother and father really were. *waves to the greater interior of the warehouse* Everything they were, all the things you never knew about them, is on those shelves out there.
This is all I have in my head right now. We’ll see if I take it anywhere later…