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Quote1 Sometimes, I admit, I think of Bruce as a man in a costume. Then, with some gadget from his utility belt, he reminds me that he has an extraordinarily inventive mind. And how lucky I am to be able to call on him. Quote2
-- Superman src

Batman is the superhero protector of Gotham City, a man dressed like a bat who fights against evil and strikes terror into the hearts of criminals everywhere. In his secret identity he is Bruce Wayne, billionaire industrialist and notorious playboy. Although he has no superhuman powers, he is one of the world's smartest men and greatest fighters. His physical prowess and technical ingenuity make him an incredibly dangerous opponent. He is also a founding member of the Justice League and the Outsiders.

Origins

Main article: Batman Origins

Early Life

As a young child, Bruce Wayne watched his parents murdered before his eyes. Thomas and Martha Wayne were walking home from the Monarch Theater one night with their son, when they were held up at gunpoint by a mugger who demanded the pearl necklace that Martha was wearing. When Dr. Wayne refused to surrender it, both he and Martha were shot dead in the streets.[2] The killer was a criminal known as Joe Chill.[3] Fortunately, physician and social worker Leslie Thompkins was making a house call that night, and arrived to give loving comfort to the traumatized Bruce. He was then raised on the Wayne Manor estate, with help from the wise and loyal butler, Alfred Pennyworth. Bruce had very few friends during his childhood.

Training

Bruce Wayne swore an oath to rid the city of the evil that had taken his parents' lives. He spent his youth traveling the world, training himself to intellectual and physical perfection and learning a variety of crime-fighting skills, including chemistry, criminology, forensics, martial arts, gymnastics, disguise, and escape artistry.

At age 14, Bruce Wayne began his global sojourn, attending courses at Cambridge, the Sorbonne, and other European universities. However, he never stayed long and would often drop out after one semester. Beyond academia, Wayne successfully acquired various "practical" skills. While abroad, he studied and received training in multiple martial arts under various instructors and in different countries, man-hunting under Frenchman Henri Ducard,[4] stealth and reconnaissance under the Japanese ninja Kirigi[5] and other certified shinobi, hunting under the African Bushman (the Ghost Tribes of the Ten-Eyed Brotherhood, among others), hand-to hand combat under the tutelage of Ted Grant, a World Champion Boxer and David Cain, one of the world's premier assassins;[6][7] traditional healing disciplines under Nepalese monks and even ventriloquism under skilled practitioners [8]. Bruce was also trained in archery by Oliver Queen.[9] At the age of 17, Bruce was trained by detective Harvey Harris to improve his detective skills.[10] At age 20, he attempted to join the FBI, but after learning about its regulations and conduct, Wayne deducted that he would never be able to completely oppose crime while working within the legal system.

Batman Begins

Main article: Batman: Year One

Bruce Wayne returned to Gotham City after many years of study and training with his body and mind developed to perfection. Despite having all of the skills and methods to fight crime, he still felt that there was something missing in the completion of his physical and mental arsenal. Wayne discovered the answer late one night while sitting in his manor. He recalled his fear of bats as a child after a large one crashed through one of the windows; he ultimately decided to make his appearance resemble a bat's. Wayne designed himself a costume equipped with experimental technology and set out against the crime and corruption that thrived in Gotham City.

Wayne's tactics to oppose crime as a vigilante at night proved successful leading him to become an urban legend in Gotham City. He revealed himself at a dinner of the most influential and corrupt figures in Gotham City and promised them all that their reigns on the city would eventually end. Wayne's first ally was assistant district attorney Harvey Dent.[11] Most of the Gotham City Police Department was sent in force to capture him.[12] He gained his most powerful ally when he met police lieutenant James Gordon, one of the few honest cops on the force. The two developed a working relationship operating outside of the law when they needed to.[13]

Rogues Gallery

Main article: Batman Villains
Batman's first fight against the Joker

Batman's first fight against the Joker

Batman's presence in Gotham City generated a new breed of criminals, no longer the simple thugs and gangsters involved in Gotham Organized Crime, but more dynamic personalities. The first person inspired by him was Catwoman, a dangerous seductress using his style and methods towards her own ends.[13] His next challenge was Dr. Hugo Strange, a mad scientist who had created Monster Men to do his bidding.[14] He met his greatest nemesis when the Joker first appeared, a brilliant serial killer dressing like a clown and murdering people uncontrollably. He had been exposed to chemicals in an accident that drove him completely insane, and he swore revenge on Gotham for creating him. This confrontation led to the creation of the Bat-Signal, a giant spotlight displayed in the sky whenever there is danger and Batman is needed.[15][16][17] There would be many more villains starting to appear within this time. The Scarecrow was an outcast who developed techniques to strike terror into the hearts of his victims for his own pleasure.[18] The Riddler was another deranged genius who felt a psychological compulsion to demonstrate his intellectual superiority, and constructed elaborate crimes while delivering clues daring law enforcement to catch him.[19] Poison Ivy attempted to destroy the city when an advanced connection to plant-life led her to wage a personal war against humanity.[20] The psychotic Mister Freeze used dangerous experimental technology to take revenge against society when his wife died.[21] Another crime boss appeared named the Penguin who acted as an eccentric criminal mastermind without any crippling mental illness other than a desire to prove himself. Many of these villains were kept in Arkham Asylum for the criminally insane.

The Long Halloween

Batman and his trusted allies James Gordon and Harvey Dent met up on the rooftop of police headquarters one night, and they swore that they would bring down the organized crime syndicates led by Carmine "The Roman" Falcone and Sal Maroni that were completely controlling their town. Although it was necessary to bend the rules in their efforts, they agreed that they would never break them, and become as bad as the evil they fought against.[22] Meanwhile a serial killer named Holiday began stalking prominent Mafiosos and shooting them dead. There was suspicion immediately cast on the three men in the triumvirate, and the possibility that it might be someone trying to remove their competition.[23] Gotham's new breed of criminals was replacing the traditional gangsters, and the underground was slowly being taken over by costumed freaks with no respect for the old ways. Batman's presence is arguably the cause of this.[24] Amongst the killings Falcone's son Alberto was murdered.[25] Bruce Wayne went on his first date with Selina Kyle around this time, who flirted with him as Catwoman by night unaware of his alter-ego.[26] In his desperation, the Roman changed the game by employing super-villains in his activities. Falcone and Maroni each believed the other was responsible for Holiday, and their gang wars tore Gotham apart.[27] Harvey Dent became a leading suspect because of his vindictive attitude towards criminals.[28] Bruce Wayne was also suspected of involvement with the Roman's organization and arrested.[29] His father Thomas Wayne had reluctantly performed emergency surgery on a young Carmine Falcone for bullet wounds and indebted him... making him indirectly responsible for the Roman's empire. Bruce's trial proved his innocence thanks to the testimony of Alfred Pennyworth.[30] Dent later admitted this was a mistake, and Maroni brought himself into custody with the intention of spilling his secrets before he was killed.[31] At the trial, Maroni smuggled in a bottle of acid and threw it at Dent's face during the prosecution, leaving him horribly disfigured. This also drove him insane, and he killed a doctor escaping from the hospital.[32] They arrive at the conclusion that Harvey Dent was Holiday, and Batman attempts to find him after he escapes. While Gordon is transporting the gangster to a different cell, Holiday appears and shoots Sal Maroni in the head, finally revealing his real identity... Alberto Falcone, having faked his own death.[33] Batman is disguised as the guard accompanying them, and he beats Holiday down before taking him into custody. Harvey Dent reappears calling himself Two-Face after the nature of his personal tragedy, taking a team of villains into the Roman's private office. As the two leaders battle, Batman arrives and puts most of the criminals down, but he is unable to stop Two-Face from shooting Carmine Falcone twice in the head. The three men, Batman, Gordon and Dent, have a final meeting on the rooftop of police headquarters. Dent is accused of betraying the things he believed in, but he insists that his methods were the only ones that actually got rid of the Roman and he did what he needed to. He's then arrested, and although Batman and Gordon have seen one of the best men they knew completely broken, they still maintain that Gotham City can be saved and ridden of evil. Neither of them is willing to give up.[34]

Justice League Origins

There are several stories of the first time Batman met Superman, the greatest of his friends and allies. In the first version, Superman came to Gotham viewing Batman as a dangerous criminal and attempted to arrest him for his vigilante tactics. They were forced to work together tracking down the dangerous psychopath Magpie, and Superman realized that although his own style of crime-fighting was suitable for his environment, the Bat-Man did what he needed to do to protect his city. They both gained respect for each other, although they doubted they would ever work together again.[35] In another version, they both met as Bruce Wayne and Clark Kent while they were forced to share a room on a cruise ship. They are made aware of each other's secret identities when both are called upon to fight threats including Deathstroke and the Crime Syndicate.[36] Superman later introduced him to Wonder Woman when they teamed up against Ra's al Ghul and Bizarro, and she disliked Batman at first for his methods. She later gained respect for him after they fought together as a team for the first time.[37] There was a great team-up between many heroes to fight the alien Appellaxian invaders, including these three along with Aquaman, Flash, Green Lantern and Martian Manhunter.[38] Eventually they would decide that they could better protect the planet if they permanently joined forces... and they became the Justice League of America.[39]

Dick Grayson, the First Robin

Dick Grayson's first appearance as Robin

Dick Grayson's first appearance as Robin

Bruce Wayne was on an excursion to the circus when he witnessed another tragedy that would shape his life. The parents of a young acrobat named Dick Grayson were murdered by the gangster Tony Zucco.[40] He saw both great potential and something of himself in the boy that night. Although Bruce knew he could never replace Dick's father, he adopted Grayson as his legal ward to help him and provide guidance where he didn't have any when he was that age.[41][42] He eventually revealed his secret identity as Batman.[43] Dick wanted justice for his parents, and he agreed to a regiment of rigorous physical and mental training so that he could become Batman's partner.[44] After several months Dick was finally ready to take to the streets as Robin, fighting crime alongside his mentor.[45] They swore an oath late one night that they would fight together against crime and corruption, never swerving from the path of righteousness. Batman had realized for the first time that he did not have to be alone in his crusade.[46][47]

Before he could go into action regularly, Robin had to pass a final exam and he proved himself by taking down the gangster Joe Minette.[48] Their first adventures as a dynamic duo were a remarkable change in tone, with Robin's lightheartedness alleviating the grim seriousness. Dick's first solo mission was stopping Mad Hatter in a sex trafficking ring while Bruce was indisposed.[49] Everything changed when Robin was targeted by Two-Face. A double-gallows trap caused Robin to inadvertently cause the death of an innocent man, after which Two-Face beat him within an inch of his life using a baseball bat and made Batman watch.[50][51] Batman refused to let Robin go out with him anymore after the boy recovered because he didn't want to put him in further danger.[52] Dick had to prove again that he really wanted this life, demonstrating his competence and resolve.[53]

Robin began teaming up with other young heroes and sidekicks, starting with a fight against Mr. Twister where he worked alongside Aqualad and Kid Flash.[54] Speedy and Wonder Girl joined them to fight an evil being named Antithesis who was mind controlling their mentors. This group decided to call themselves the Teen Titans and would go on to a long career with Robin as one of their core members.[55][56] As the leader of the Titans, Dick decided to give up his identity as Robin.[57] This happened after an incident where Bruce had fired Dick as his partner after Robin was shot off a rooftop by the Joker.[58] While he was doing some soul-searching, he met and talked with Superman who inspired him with a story about a Kryptonian vigilante named Nightwing.[59] He reinvented himself using this new name and designing a new Nightwing costume, intending to honor all of the people who had shaped him into the man he had become.[60]

Batgirl

The debut of Barbara Gordon as Batgirl

The debut of Barbara Gordon as Batgirl
Main article: Batgirl Origins

When Bruce was invited to the Million Dollar Masquerade Ball, Commissioner Gordon's daughter, Barbara crashed the party in a female version of Batman's costume to surprise her father, who was also attending the event. At the party, before she revealed herself to Gordon, Killer Moth and his henchmen crashed the party, gunning for Bruce Wayne. James Gordon was taken out quickly so Barbara decided to step in. Bruce Wayne was previously shoved out of the way by Barbara so that she could protect him and her unconscious adoptive father, thinking that Bruce was but a helpless bystander. She defeated Killer Moth, breaking a heel in the process. She was later named Batgirl by Killer Moth, which stuck, even though she stated that she would have preferred Batwoman. Directly after the confrontation with Killer Moth, Batgirl met Batman and Robin. Batgirl's first encounter with Batman and Robin proved to be unpleasant. While she was angry with Batman's automatic dismissal of her capabilities, she was repulsed by Robin having a romantic interest in her. Soon after that, Batgirl attempted to swing from rooftops, being saved by Robin, who told her that regular rope is not good for diving from forty feet in the air. Later, Robin sent Batgirl equipment, pretending that he believed in her and Batman didn't. In reality, Robin was sending them on the orders of Batman. She was later captured by Batman and Robin to be tested, an examination she failed in Batman's eyes, not being able to save the innocents in a holographic containment chamber. Batgirl later teamed up with Black Canary, her idol, and she finally gained some respect from Batman, while Robin still harbored a crush on her. She was introduced to James Gordon as Batgirl, one of Batman's protégés.

Batgirl's career came to an end after a few years, when the Joker shot and crippled her in an attempt to drive Commissioner Gordon insane. Although Batman eventually rescued Gordon and stopped the Joker, Barbara could never walk again.[61] However, she didn't let this adversity stop her and Barbara eventually resumed her career as a crime-fighter using the alias of Oracle, a computer expert and information broker who assisted heroes on their never ending crusade.[62]

Ra's al Ghul

Struggling against the League of Assassins, Batman met the beautiful Talia al Ghul when he rescued her from Doctor Darrk.[63] Ra's al Ghul determined his secret identity through logical deduction and confronted him after Talia had been kidnapped again alongside Robin. Realizing that Ra's was behind this as a personal test, Batman confronted him and fought his bodyguard Ubu. Ra's explained that he was making sure he had found a worthy successor in the detective, as Talia had fallen in love with him.[64] Batman eventually came to the conclusion that Ra's is a dangerous criminal who must be stopped at all costs, and declared war on him.[65]

Outsiders

Main article: Outsiders

Batman quit the League when they refused to help him rescue Lucius Fox from Baron Bedlam in Markovia for political reasons. Determining that he needed a new team more concerned with justice than the way they were viewed by the world, he created the Outsiders as a black ops super-team to go where the League couldn't. This team involved Black Lightning, Geo-Force, Halo, Katana and Metamorpho.[66]

Justice League International

Legends saw a new group of heroes form to fight against G. Gordon Godfrey after Justice League Detroit was disbanded, and they decided to form a new League together.[67] Batman gathered Black Canary, Blue Beetle, Captain Marvel, Doctor Fate, Doctor Light, Guy Gardner, Martian Manhunter and Mister Miracle in the Secret Sanctuary to take leadership of them as a team.[68] Maxwell Lord convinced the United Nations to grant them an international charter and they become Justice League International.[69]

Jason Todd, Robin II

Batman finds Jason

Batman finds Jason

When Dick Grayson reached maturity, Bruce forced him to retire from the Robin persona. Shortly after this decision, Batman came across a young boy called Jason Todd, who had turned to crime out of necessity.[70] Batman tried to help him by placing him at Ma Gunn's school, which was in fact a criminal hideout. Investigating Jason's background, Batman learned that the boy was an orphan. When Batman checked upon Jason, he realized the truth about the school and stopped the criminals with help from Jason, after which Batman took him under his wing and allowed him to become his new Robin.[71]

With Jason as the new Robin, the new Dynamic Duo stopped various criminals like Two-Face,[72][73] Magpie,[74] the Penguin,[75] Mime[76] the Crime Doctor[77] and Deacon Blackfire.[78] Batman also worked together with Talia to stop the Penguin from spreading a lethal drug.[79]

Around this time, Batman also confronted numerous threats on his own[80][81] and faced new criminals like The Ventriloquist,[82][83] The KGBeast,[84] The Ratcatcher,[85][86] The Corrosive Man and Kadaver,[87][88] Cornelius Stirk[89][90] and the Dumpster Slasher.[91][92]

A Death in the Family

The death of Jason Todd

The death of Jason Todd

Over time, Batman realized Jason was behaving more aggressive towards criminals and this violence wound up being the cause of the death of a criminal.[93] When Jason became an inconvenience while fighting crime, Batman restricted him from going out as Robin.[94] In the meantime, Joker had escaped from Arkham and Batman followed the trail of the madman to the Middle East, where he also found Jason. Batman learned that Jason was looking for his real mother and when their missions crossed, they worked together to foil Joker's plans. Although they couldn't capture the Joker, Jason was reunited with his mother, Sheila Haywood. Unfortunately, she was being blackmailed by the Joker and the Dynamic Duo had to separate to deal with a double threat by the madman. While Batman went on to stop a deadly cargo of Joker Venom, Robin tried to save his mother, but he was captured and beaten by the Joker.[95]

By the time Batman arrived at the crime scene, the warehouse where Jason and his mother were locked exploded and Batman couldn't save either of them. After dealing with the funeral arrangements for them, Bruce returned to Gotham, where he tracked down the Joker to the United Nations Building and learned the madman had become an Ambassador, which granted him diplomatic immunity.[96] Batman was soon confronted by Superman, who was asked to prevent Batman from starting an international incident by attacking the Joker. Despite this, Batman continued his investigation and he confirmed Joker's involvement in Jason's death. Finally, when the Joker attempted to murder the people at the UN Building, he was stopped by Batman and Superman, but on his escape attempt, he fell to his apparent demise, but his body was not found.[97]

Loner Vigilante and Tim Drake, Robin III

After the death of Jason, Batman mourned his loss and became a loner for quite a while; stopping threats like the alien invasion, Mr. Freeze,[98] the League of Assassins,[99] the Bonecrusher,[4] Two-Face,[100] and solving other minor cases.[101][102][103][5][104] Batman also faced other strange incidents like the mysterious “Batman Killings”,[105] the mystery of Tulpa, an ancient, dark and mystic ritual with help from the Demon, Etrigan,[106][107][108] the threat of the Mud Pack, which resulted in the creation of the Ultimate Clayface,[109] and finally he stopped the misguided vigilante Anarky.[110][111] During one of his last acts as a loner, Batman was forced to take back Arkham Asylum from the many maniacs who had taken over the institution.[112]

Following the death of Jason Todd, Batman became much more violent and aggressive while coping with the tragedy without someone to balance him out. A young man named Tim Drake figured out his secret identity using detective work, and determined that he needed a Robin to keep his darkness in check, just as Two-Face reappeared with new plans to kill the Dark Knight.[113] Drake begged Dick Grayson to go back to his identity as Robin again when he was needed most.[114] After explaining that he had deduced their identities by following Grayson's acrobatic career to Dick and Alfred Pennyworth, Tim was taken into the Batcave where it was suggested that he become the new Robin.[115] Batman and Nightwing tracked down Two-Face, and he caught them in his underground death-trap.[116] Tim took the Robin costume to rescue them and succeeded, although Batman argueed that he no longer needed a side-kick. Begrudgingly, as he proved himself and helped them defeat Two-Face, Bruce agreed to start training Tim Drake and take him on as his new crime-fighting partner.[117]

Prelude to Knightfall

Batman (at the onset of a personal psychological mid-life crisis) was forced to deal, in rapid succession, with the returning villain Black Mask and his gang (who targeted Bruce Wayne and Lucius Fox),[118][119] a crazed killer called Metalhead,[120], and a sharpshooter assassin hired by Vincent Morelli to murder Commissioner Gordon.[121] Batman began to feel he had lost his edge, especially after his failure to capture Black Mask. He found himself unable to meditate or even focus. As Bruce Wayne, he contacted holistic therapist Shondra Kinsolving for treatment. He also assigned Tim Drake to train Jean-Paul Valley in detective work to aid them as an ally, hoping he could prevent him from becoming a villainous threat.[122] Despite the advice of everyone in his life, including Dr. Kinsolving, Bruce refused to rest, and continued to pursue his self-imposed duty despite his worsening condition. Bruce's condition was worsened by The General usurping power in Gotham's underworld and assaulting a police station,[123][124][125] Cypher attacking companies' CEOs[126][127] and The Riddler creating chaos in Gotham.[128] Meanwhile, Robin found it difficult to work with Jean-Paul, due to the man's violent subconscious training and lack of social skills, and also found himself being shut out from working alongside Batman.[129]

Knightfall

Main article: Knightfall

Bane, a brilliant tactical mastermind who had trained his body to physical perfection, came to Gotham City and dedicated himself to destroying Batman and taking over his territory. This villain was more driven and powerful than anyone he had ever faced before, and wanted to prove himself by defeating and breaking Batman. At their first meeting, Bane did not introduce himself but said that his name would eventually make him beg for mercy. Batman suggested that if he was threatening him, he should get in line behind everyone else.[130]

Broken Bat

Bane began his assault by organizing a massive break-out at Arkham Asylum with the help of his henchmen Bird, Trogg and Zombie.[131] Aware that he would lose in a direct assault against Batman, Bane's plan consisted of weakening Batman by forcing him to deal with the deadly villains simultaneously. Among the freed inmates, there were numerous high-profile villains, which Batman took down one by one. Batman faced against great criminals like Poison Ivy,[132] the Joker and the Scarecrow,[133] as well as many lesser known villains, such as the Mad Hatter[134], The Ventriloquist, Amygdala[135], Firefly,[136][137] Cavalier,[136] and Mr. Zsasz.[138] The scenario created a rift in the relationship between Robin and Batman, as Batman irrationally sought to face the outbreak alone -- Robin later asked Batman if he was even needed as his sidekick anymore.[139]
Bane breaks Batman's back

Bane breaks Batman's back
Batman became weaker and weaker as each criminal was put away. The rescue of Mayor Krol from the combination of the Joker and Scarecrow took Batman to his mental and physical limit: a dose of Scarecrow's fear gas made him relive the murder of Jason Todd, which he considered to be his greatest failure.[140]

After saving the Mayor, Batman was confronted by Trogg, Zombie and Bird and he took them out with the last amount of energy left in him.[141] Bane finally confronted him by breaking into Wayne Manor when Batman was at his weakest, beating him nearly to death in his weakened state and breaking his spine.[142] Bane took his body downtown to Gotham Square and threw it from a rooftop to demonstrate his superiority to the populace. With Batman incapacitated, Bane assumed control of Gotham City's underworld and took over several illegal operations within it.[143]

Who Rules the Night

After his defeat, Batman was rescued and his injuries were treated in the Batcave.[144] When Bruce woke up, he was moved upstairs to Wayne Manor and Alfred summoned Dr. Shondra Kinsolving to tend Bruce's injuries, telling her that they happened in a car crash. As the city was in need of Batman, Bruce asked Jean-Paul to fill in for him, much to Tim's dismay. Around this time, Bruce started to develop feelings for Shondra and considered revealing his secret to her.[145] Unfortunately, Shondra was kidnapped along with Jack Drake and Bruce couldn't stop the kidnappers, even though he tried.[146]

Bruce investigated the evidence left behind by the kidnappers and with Oracle's help, he tracked them to the island of Santa Prisca. It was then that Bruce and Alfred started their quest to find Dr. Kinsolving and Jack Drake[147] and upon arriving at Santa Prisca, Bruce acknowledged his love for Shondra.[148]

Knightquest

Main article: Batman: Knightquest

Once in Santa Prisca, Bruce was joined by Bronze Tiger, Gypsy and Green Arrow; all temporary members of the Justice League Task Force.[149] Working together, they tried to rescue Shondra and Jack, but they failed and the hostages were moved out of the island.[150]

Bruce then tracked Shondra and Jack to London, as he learned about Shondra's connection to Benedict Asp.[151] Disguised as an old aristocrat, Bruce investigated Asp's residence[152] and failed to rescue Shondra, as he came to the wrong conclusion that she was criminally involved with Asp. Bruce managed to rescue Jack Drake, but learned that Shondra was somehow involved in the murder of an entire village and he swore to bring her to justice.[153]

When his efforts to locate Shondra proved futile, Bruce dug into her past and managed to locate Shondra's foster mother, who revealed much about her past, before she was killed similarly to the people of the village.[154] Bruce and Alfred returned to Gotham, where Bruce was told by doctors to rest. Despite this, Bruce was compelled to track down Asp and Shondra, which caused Alfred's resignation due to Bruce's recklessness. Using the identity of Sir Hemingford Gray, Bruce forced Asp to come to him as the criminal kidnapped Bruce.[155] Asp took Bruce to his hideout, where he was reunited with Shondra and Bruce tried to rescue her, leading to a confrontation between Asp, Bruce and Shondra. Confused and still under the effects of drugs, Kinsolving tried to heal her brother, but instead she killed him. Filled with regret, Shondra used her powers to completely heal Bruce from his broken back. Unfortunately, the experience was too much for her mind and her psyche returned to that of a child permanently. Bruce Wayne bought a big residence, where Kinsolving could spend the rest of her days under the best medical care.[156]

Finally back in Gotham, Bruce learned of the disastrous effects of Jean-Paul's actions as Batman and he decided to reclaim the mantle of the Bat. However, Bruce's physical condition was deteriorated after months of inactivity and he decided to start an intensive training to confront Jean-Paul and take back the mantle of Batman.[157]

KnightsEnd

Main article: Batman: KnightsEnd
Bruce Wayne wears the Mask of Tengu

Bruce Wayne wears the Mask of Tengu

In order to regain his lost skills, Bruce sought help from the only master fighter he trusted: Lady Shiva. After weeks of rigorous training, Shiva wanted Bruce to learn a dealy technique, but when he refused, set a plan in motion in which Bruce would fight the Disciples of the Armless Master, who was murdered by Shiva as she wore the Mask of Tengu. Shiva then gave the mask to Bruce in order to lure the Disciples to him. Bruce confronted the first two Disciples and although they proved to be a great challenge, Bruce managed to defeat them, regaining some of his lost skills. However, he knew that it was not enough and he continued Shiva's trials.[158] Like this, Bruce defeated the rest of the Disciples and every match became much easier than the last one,[159] with minor exceptions in which luck was on Bruce's side.[160]

On the final confrontation, Bruce realized that Shiva wouldn't stop sending fighters his way to challenge him unless he used the deadly technique she taught him.[161] In order to get rid of her, Bruce pretended to use the leopard blow and deceived her, officially ending his training. Knowing that he was finally ready, Bruce dons the Batsuit, marking the return of the real Batman.[162]

Taking Nightwing and Robin along, Bruce tracked down Jean-Paul and confronted him in order to claim back his rightful position as Batman.[163] Jean-Paul put up a fight and the struggle attracted the attention of the authorities.
Batman Returns

Batman Returns
As the building they chose to battle was slowly consumed by the flames, they attached the Batrope to a nearby helicopter, which dragged them to the Gotham Bridge.[164] The fight continued over the bridge, where Bruce managed to get the upper hand and caused Jean-Paul's drop into the river. After saving the people on the chopper, Batman tried to use the Batmobile, but it exploded due to a trap prepared by Jean-Paul.[165]

Bruce avoided the explosion in the last minute and after talking to Robin, he went to Wayne Manor to challenge Jean-Paul for the last time.[166] Bruce tried to talk sense into Jean-Paul, but he wouldn't listen and a confrontation started. Bruce managed to avoid violence and eventually forced Jean-Paul to remove his armor and admit his defeat. Bruce showed mercy at the end and allowed Jean-Paul to leave and start a new life while he continued with his own.[167] After this victory, Bruce decided to return to the role of Batman, even though it might not be absolutely permanent.[168]

Zero Hour

Main article: Zero Hour

The Timestream was damaged by Extant and Parallax working together, causing time to deteriorate and reality to break down throughout history during the Zero Hour crisis.[169] A new Batgirl appeared from an alternate timeline where she had never been crippled, and went on to get romantically involved with Bruce.[170] Alfred was temporarily replaced with his Earth-Two counterpart Alfred Beagle.[171] There was another timeline he saw in which his parents were never killed by Joe Chill, and he wasted the time he could've spent with them tracking the mugger down anyway.[172] Batman was killed by an entropy fissure that opened right on top of him as the universe died.[173] The timeline was then rebooted at the Big Bang with changes in history that caused slight differences in Batman's continuity.[174]

Prodigal

Main article: Batman: Prodigal

Bruce reaffirmed his partnership with Tim, resolving the tension caused by Bruce's unwillingness to accept help during the Arkham prison break. Bruce passed the mantle of Batman to Dick Grayson so he could re-evaluate what it would take to restore his perceived aura of invincibility.

Because of previous events, considerable time passed before Commissioner Gordon restored his trust in the idea of a Batman working for good. Gordon could tell that he was not looking at the original Batman (based on Jean-Paul's costume and Dick's height, and the fact that Jean-Paul was more than ready to kill people), and he refused to place blind trust in a costume after spending so long learning to trust the man. Numerous loose ends were tied up during this time, with Killer Croc, the Ventriloquist, Ratcatcher and Two-Face, along with many other, less notorious released inmates being returned to prison. During his time as Batman, Dick avenged his worst mistake from his days as Robin, when a mistake in a confrontation with Two-Face caused a man to die and nearly killed Bruce. He also came to appreciate the incredible physical and mental burden Bruce placed on himself in donning the Batsuit. During this time, a firm bond arose between Dick and Tim as they shared Wayne Manor together in Bruce and Alfred's absence.

Troika

Main article: Batman: Troika

When Bruce finally returned for good, he wore a sturdier (made of Kevlar), darker Batsuit and drove a new, state-of-the-art Batmobile. He again fought Colonel Vega, KGBeast and Dark Rider, in order to foil a plot to nuke Gotham City with a device the size and shape of a baseball. Batman made changes to his life as Bruce Wayne, his relationships with his 'family', planned to live without Alfred, and coped with the decision of making Jean-Paul his replacement.

Contagion

Main article: Batman: Contagion

Shortly after Batman's comeback, Azrael sent him a video tape showing the effects of a deadly and highly contagious virus named Ebola Gulf-A.[175] Azrael told Batman that there would be an outbreak of the virus if he didn't stop it on time. The virus spread too fast among the citizens of Gotham and it was impossible for Batman and his allies to find a cure or develop a serum from the survivors' blood. The "clench", as the virus was known, decimated the population of Gotham and even Tim Drake was infected. The city was quarantined and the national guard was sent to control all of Gotham's access. It was later revealed that the Order of St. Dumas was responsible for creating the virus and for setting it free into the world.[176] Azrael, together with Sister Lilhy, translated an old book from the Order of St. Dumas that contained the recipe to create a cure for the virus. Azrael delivered the cure to Gotham and the city was saved. The virus was under control, or at least it seemed that way.

Legacy

Main article: Batman: Legacy

The Ebola Gulf-A virus was not completely cured from those who were infected; it mutated into something more deadly. Batman sought Azrael's help on where to search for further information on the virus in order to develop a true cure. Batman's investigations lead him to Sudan where he had to face two of his deadliest enemies. Ra's al Ghul joined forces with Bane in order to spread a new strain of the virus taken from the Wheel of Plagues.[177] Batman, Nightwing and Robin traveled around the world to prevent the League of Assassins from spreading the virus in major cities like Paris, Edinburgh, Calcutta, and Gotham City. Once in Gotham, Batman and Bane faced each other in a long awaited rematch, but this time Batman defeated Bane and saved Gotham from the menace of Ra's' new virus. With Oracle's help, Batman managed to find a cure, although a great number of citizens had died from the mutated virus. Bane appeared some time later with a new threat to Gotham: a nuclear weapon.[178] Batman, Nightwing and Robin successfully stopped Bane and restored Gotham's normal "peace".

New World Order

Main article: JLA: New World Order

Brought together through a fight against Doctor Destiny, Aquaman, Batman, Flash, Green Lantern, Martian Manhunter, Superman and Wonder Woman realized that Earth needed its greatest heroes working together and reformed the Justice League of America.[179] Their first challenge was to prove themselves against a new superhero team called the Hyperclan who attempted to discredit them. Although the team were nearly overpowered by the Clan, Batman was able to outmanoeuvre the clan and expose their true identity as the White Martians, and the League stopped them from taking over the planet.[180]

Cataclysm

Main article: Batman: Cataclysm

Gotham City was completely destroyed by an earthquake that reached magnitude of 7.6 on the Richter scale. Batman was trapped inside of his cave at the time and was nearly killed by falling rocks.[181] The only properties that were not affected by the quake were those owned by Wayne Enterprises, not including Wayne Manor for geographic reasons.[182] With his car crushed, Bruce was forced to scuba through underground streams before getting to the harbor and seeing his city in flames.[183] Blackgate Prison had a break-out in the chaos, and Batman was able to put a stop to the rioting although many villains escaped in the process.[184] He enlisted the Penguin's influence on organized crime to incorporate local gangsters into the rescue efforts for survivors in the wreckage.[185] Teaming up with the GCPD he adopted the guise of Detective Hawke so he could drag people to safety in the daylight.[186] A new villain named Quakemaster claimed to have generated the disaster, and held the city hostage for several million dollars, threatening to hit them again if they did not comply.[187] In reality he had kidnapped seismologist Jolene Relazzo and was using her knowledge to plausibly take credit.[188] Robin figured out that Quakemaster was a fraud; in reality it had been the Ventriloquist, and he was swiftly defeated. After the situation was stabilized, the body count had reached over one hundred thousand people. There were mass graves dug to burn the corpses and prevent spread of disease.[189]

Mr. Wayne Goes to Washington

Bruce Wayne was called upon as Gotham's top citizen to speak on their behalf in front of the United States Congress in Washington, applying for federal assistance. His main competition was the ruthless and corrupt Senator Barclay Means. Nicholas Scratch also launched a smear campaign, attempting to convince America that the city wasn't worth saving.[190] Bruce's testimony was a great speech delivered from the heart about the spirit of Gotham, its importance and the strong will of its people in dealing with adversity and helping to make the nation great.[191] However, the negative sentiment was too great. There was not enough money in the federal budget, and they arrived at the conclusion that the negative elements would have to be isolated. Right before the ending of the trial, Mayor Grange was gunned down by an assassin. Everyone still living within city limits was given 48 hours to leave, excluding anyone with known connections to the criminal element. After that the bridges leading inside were destroyed, and the national guard was stationed to make sure that no one else got in or got out.[192] Jeremiah Arkham was forced to release all the dangerously insane patients from Arkham Asylum into the streets.[193]

No Man's Land

Batman during No Man's Land

Batman during No Man's Land
Main article: No Man's Land

In response, the U.S government declared Gotham a "no man's land," destroyed all bridges leading to Gotham and forbade people from entering or exiting. The city was swiftly carved up by gangs and various supervillains Batman had battled over the years. Jim Gordon and several members of the Gotham police department stayed behind to protect civilians. Oracle and Huntress also ended up on the inside. Bruce Wayne left the city to lobby the government not to cut Gotham off, but failed. Gordon and his men waited for Batman's return, but by the time he returned more than three months later, they believed he had abandoned Gotham.

Huntress attempted to keep order, fashioning a Batgirl costume. She soon discovered that criminals feared her more as Batgirl than they did Huntress and succeeded in holding territory of her own. When Batman returned, he allowed her to continue to use the costume. However, when she failed to hold off Two-Face and his army of men and lost Batman's territory, she abandoned the costume.

Batman and James Gordon's officers worked separately to reclaim Gotham, piece by piece, by beating and subduing the gang leaders and then marking the reclaimed territory with graffiti. Poison Ivy took up residence in Robinson Park and Batman allowed her to remain there as long as she cared for the local orphans and distributed food.

Gordon allied with Two-Face, but Two-Face betrayed their alliance. Two-Face also hired David Cain to kill Gordon, but Cain was thwarted by his daughter Cassandra. Cassandra later took up the mantle as the third Batgirl to help clean up No Man's Land. Later, Two-Face kidnapped Gordon and put him on trial for breaking the alliance. Police officer Renee Montoya reached out to Two-Face's Harvey Dent persona, whose defense led to Gordon's acquittal. Dent's questioning concluded that Two-Face had essentially blackmailed Gordon into the alliance, hence making any alliance between them void.

The turning point for No Man's Land came when Lex Luthor arrived with helicopters to rebuild Gotham. However, Luthor's covert plan was to take the deeds and much of the property in Gotham, since the original deeds had been destroyed, and many of the owners had died in the earthquake. Lucius Fox discovered the original documents and notified Luthor. Luthor then attempted to kill Fox, but Batman intervened and told Luthor that Gotham was not for sale, warning him to leave.

The United States government reversed the No Man's Land order and allowed Gotham to rejoin the United States. Gordon and his surviving police officers were promoted. The Joker attacked police sergeant William Pettit's compound, killing Pettit and leaving the Huntress badly injured. The Joker later kidnapped all of Gotham's babies. When Sarah Essen-Gordon discovered the babies, the Joker murdered her. Batman later convinced a grief-stricken Commissioner Gordon not to kill the Joker, who gloated at Gordon about murdering his wife. Gordon shot Joker through one of his kneecaps instead and let Batman take him away to be incarcerated.

Tower of Babel

Main article: JLA: Tower of Babel

Realizing how dangerously wrong things could go if any of his friends were mind controlled or manipulated into doing evil, Batman began to study their weaknesses and develop contingency plans to neutralize them. Talia al Ghul broke into the Batcave and stole the plans from the Batcomputer.[194] Ra's al Ghul began using these special methods to incapacitate every member of the League, while distracting the detective by stealing his parents' corpses. Ra's' plan was an attempt to thin the world's population using a machine that destroyed people's ability to process language worldwide.[195] Bursting into the League of Assassins' base to fight Ra's and prevent his parents from being lowered into a Lazarus Pit, Batman realized that his plans had been stolen and warned everyone else.[196] Recovering from defeat, the Justice League saved their aggression towards Batman's controversial actions and fought back with help from a defecting Talia.[197] After saving the world, they voted to dismiss Batman from the League on grounds of distrust.[198] Superman eventually convinced him that he needed to regain the team's trust to be accepted again, and Batman returned by revealing his secret identity to the rest of his allies.[199]

Bruce Wayne: Fugitive

Main article: Bruce Wayne: Fugitive

Bruce Wayne and his bodyguard Sasha Bordeaux were framed for the murder of Bruce's girlfriend, radio talk show host Vesper Fairchild.[200] There was a trial and they were unable to defend themselves without revealing their secret identities.[201] Escaping from custody, Bruce determined that he would become Batman permanently and allow Bruce Wayne to disappear completely.[202] Eventually he realized that he was wrong to think he didn't benefit from the companies of his allies, and they proved his innocence by determining that the man who framed him was David Cain.[203]

Hush

Main article: Batman: Hush
Catwoman proposes a kiss

Catwoman proposes a kiss
Bruce Wayne realized that he was in the center of a malevolent shadow conspiracy targeting his life one night when his batline was cut in mid-air by a thrown batarang and he barely survived the descent from the rooftops.[204] Tommy Elliot, his out-of-touch closest childhood friend who had grown into a skilled surgeon, repaired the damage and saved his life.[205] Soon afterward, the tires on the Batmobile were shot out by a sniper during a mission that led to a dangerous crash. At the same time, Batman became romantically involved with the reformed Catwoman after saving her life from Killer Croc. They shared a passionate kiss together and gave into the feelings they had both been experiencing for years.[206] Having begun to open up emotionally again, Bruce reopened ties with his old friend Tommy and began working more closely with Catwoman in the field as a partner, teaming up with her to fight Poison Ivy.[207] Ivy mind-controlled Superman and the two were forced to fight against the most powerful being on the planet. Batman was able to combat Superman's brute force by using superior tactics and his Green Kryptonite Ring. Catwoman kidnapped Lois Lane and put her in mortal danger so Superman would be forced to break the hold and rescue her. After they caught Ivy by having Krypto track her down, Clark felt reassured that he had given the one weapon that could hurt him to the right person.[208]
Superman fights with Batman

Superman fights with Batman
During an excursion to the opera that was interrupted by Harley Quinn staging a robbery, Tommy Elliot appeared to be shot in the heart and killed by the Joker.[209] This drove Batman into a furious rage, and in his grief-stricken state he intended to beat the villain to death, thinking that he should have done many years before to prevent so much senseless tragedy. He was stopped only by Commissioner Gordon until his senses returned.[210] Harvey Dent reappeared in Gotham no longer insane, having gone through surgery to fix his face, and wanting to return to his former position as district attorney. Bruce took advice from Nightwing that if he was truly going to pursue a meaningful relationship with Selina he would need to open up to her, and to her surprise he made the decision to reveal his secret identity.[211]
Hush reveals himself

Hush reveals himself
Further investigation led him to suspect Ra's al Ghul might have answers about the unseen hand coordinating recent events, so Batman abducted his daughter Talia al Ghul and held her hostage. Besting Ra's in a sword-fight only allowed him to learn that there had been recent unauthorized access to the Lazarus Pits and the League of Assassins was desperate to kill whoever was responsible. Catwoman was almost killed by Lady Shiva while trying to stop her from rescuing Talia, meanwhile Batman acknowledged that the love he felt for Selina made it worth being emotionally vulnerable about her.[212] A fight against Scarecrow led him to Gotham Cemetery where the mysterious man finally revealed himself to be Jason Todd, a grown adult and apparently back from the dead, furious that Bruce had let him die.[213] After lengthy physical combat he realized he had been tricked by Clayface. Consultation with Oracle on surveillance equipment found in the Batcave revealed that he had been betrayed by his former employee, mechanical genius Harold Allnut. When he set up a meeting with Harold the man broke down in tears over his treachery, because he had been given happiness and expensive surgery that repaired his voice and freakish looks, making him finally normal. At that moment, two shots rang out and Harold was murdered.[214] The mysterious villain finally revealed himself as Hush, Bruce's friend Tommy who had faked his death using Clayface and masterminded this elaborate scheme to take revenge on the Wayne Family in a personal vendetta. Hush would have killed Batman if not for the intervention of Gordon at the behest of Dent, formerly a co-conspirator, who betrayed Hush now that he had gone sane again. Tommy Elliot fell into the harbor and escaped before they could capture him. Batman realized that there must have been another mind pulling the strings, and deduced that the Riddler had been working with Hush and manipulating the other villains the entire time. Riddler was the one who had broken into the Lazarus Pits to cure his cancer, and in the ensuing fit of madness he figured out that Batman was Bruce Wayne. However a riddle that everyone knows the answer to is worthless, so his psychosis would not allow him to tell anyone else about it. Afterwards Batman also ended his romantic affair with Catwoman, realizing that he couldn't allow anyone to get that close to him in his line of work, but hoped that someday in the future he would be able to.[215]

War Games

Main article: Batman: War Games

Tim Drake was forced to give up his career as Robin when his father Jack Drake discovered his identity.[216] Stephanie Brown, formerly Spoiler, sought out the position and Batman agreed to take her on as his new Robin.[217] She was fired shortly afterwards for disobeying his orders during a fight with Scarab.[218]

Trying to impress Batman in the hopes of changing his mind, Spoiler activated one of his contingency plans to unite the entire Gotham underworld under Matches Malone, not realizing it was one of Bruce's other identities. The meeting between the big bosses turned bad and there was a shootout, creating a massive power vacuum in the city.[219] Black Mask ended up taking control of organized crime throughout the entire city.[220]

City of Crime

Main article: Batman: City of Crime

Batman had to deal with a new wave of old and new criminals in Gotham, all alone.[221] One night, the death of a young girl named Haddie McNeil made Batman feel guilty and after capturing those responsible, a fire started at Crime Alley.[222] After saving the most people he could at the fire, Batman tried to relieve his guilt over Haddie's death by taking the case of a missing girl by the name of Cassie Welles.[223] On his quest to find this girl, Batman realized that there were many villains involved in the crime including the Penguin,[224] Mister Freeze, the Ventriloquist,[225] and a new threat: an army of men made of dirt. After this discovery, Batman tracked Freeze down and rescued a kidnapped girl from the psychopathic villain.[226] Shortly after, Batman investigated an attack on the Ventriloquist and later he learned of Cassie's death. In a quest to find the truth he investigated the body and discovered that it wasn't the real Cassie. The army of masked attackers struck again and they revealed themselves as The Body. Batman was saved by the Penguin, who told Batman vital information about this new enemy.[227]

Batman reached Crown Point and disguised himself as Donnie Maloy, a worker at the Waterfront Construction in order to learn the truth about The Body.[228] After a week of trying, Bruce managed to befriend the leader of Crown Point and head of workers. Investigating further, he discovered that something mysterious was happening at the nearest park.[229] After this, Bruce witnessed a madman become the source of a contagious fear.[230] After another unsuccessful attempt to enter the park, Bruce decided to act and took down the leader of Crown Point before calling Alfred and asking him to bring him the Batsuit. As Batman, Bruce was finally able to get inside the park.[231] In the park Batman learned the secrets of The Body and when he left the place, he was ready for a final battle.[232] Batman attacked The Body and led them to their own base of operations and there, he destroyed the place with a giant explosion, eliminating The Body as well. Batman found the killer of Cassie Welles and everything was back to normal.[233]

Under the Hood

As a result of Superboy-Prime punching the walls of reality during the Infinite Crisis,[234] Jason Todd was resurrected as an amnesiac and crawled out of his own grave, eventually being taken in by Talia al Ghul who restored his personality through a Lazarus Pit. Distraught to find that Batman had not cared enough to avenge his death against the Joker, he took on the identity of Red Hood and vowed revenge.[235]

Batman discovers that Jason Todd is the Red Hood

Batman discovers that Jason Todd is the Red Hood
Red Hood began terrorizing the Gotham underworld to enlist Black Mask's soldiers into his own organization, allowing the drug trade to continue under his control with stricter restrictions.[236] Batman and Nightwing met him for the first time when he blew up a shipment of weapons on a boat they had taken down, chasing him until he released a stolen Amazo prototype to fight them.[237] Together they improvised and destroyed the android by taking out his individual components, while Red Hood used the distraction to steal another shipment containing several hundred pounds of Kryptonite.[238] Mister Freeze was sent to reclaim the merchandise and all four of them fought it out until the Red Hood left, saying this had been a ploy to get his lay of the land.[239] Batman began investigating the possibility that he was Jason in disguise, talking to his friends with knowledge of resurrection including Green Arrow, Jason Blood and Zatanna.[240] Superman helped him confirm that it realistically could have happened. Red Hood teamed up with Onyx, although he betrayed her when she tried to stop the murder of several criminals.[241]
Jason Todd threatens to kill the Joker

Jason Todd threatens to kill the Joker
During a climactic fight between the two men, Jason revealed himself to Bruce and explained his intention to change the face of crime-fighting. To prevent hundreds of unnecessary tragedies, he would bring death to those who deserve it. Alfred asked if the old Robin costume should be removed from the Batcave, but Bruce insisted that this didn't change anything at all.[242] Red Hood destroyed Black Mask's skyscraper headquarters with rockets, and Deathstroke appeared to offer his Secret Society of Super-Villains' services in killing Red Hood.[243] Captain Nazi, Count Vertigo and Hyena were the hit squad sent to kill him, and Batman was deeply conflicted over whether or not he should save his former student. Bruce and Jason teamed up to defeat the three villains, but when they were done Jason murdered Captain Nazi and escaped.[244]

Batman learned that Red Hood had captured the Joker and was holding him hostage, while Black Mask finally got into a massive fist-fight with the Hood over territory.[245] Bruce and Jason confronted each other in Crime Alley, where they witnessed another tragedy across the river.[246] Chemo was dropped as a living bomb onto Bludhaven by the Brotherhood of Evil, completely eradicating it.[247] They argued about the philosophy and morality behind the rule against killing, and Jason explained that he never blamed Bruce for failing to save him; he blamed him for letting the Joker live and continue to kill thousands of people. If their positions had been switched, Jason would not have hesitated to avenge him and put the madman down. Holding a final ultimatum, Jason gave Batman a gun and threatened to shoot the Joker unless he was lethally stopped. Having an emotional breakdown at this point, Batman ricocheted a batarang off the wall and hit his student in the neck non-fatally to save his enemy. Joker took this opportunity to grab the gun and shot the explosives inside the building, detonating a massive explosion.[248]

Infinite Crisis

Batman breaks down, pointing a gun at Alexander Luthor

Batman breaks down, pointing a gun at Alexander Luthor
Main article: Infinite Crisis
See also: OMAC Project

Batman became paranoid about the super-hero community and developed a sentient satellite called Brother Eye to help monitor them, using a database of every secret identity he was aware of. This system was stolen by Maxwell Lord of Checkmate, who wanted to eliminate all super-humans by connecting it to the O.M.A.C. Project.[249]

During the Infinite Crisis, Batman nearly broke his most sacred law. When it appeared that Alexander Luthor had killed longtime ally Dick Grayson, Batman knocked down Luthor and threatened to kill him with a gun. Fortunately, Dick was still alive, and Batman avoided making what would have been the worst decision of his life.[250] Regardless, the incident shook Batman's reserve, and he realized that he had crossed the line. It was time to re-evaluate his identity and retrace the steps that forged him into the man he had become.

52

Main article: 52

Batman, Nightwing and Robin went across the world together following the path of Bruce's original training as a family. Seeking to rid himself of the paranoia and fear that had corrupted him, he had his personal demons cut out in a desert ritual performed by the Ten-Eyed Men. This broke him down and forced him to rebuild himself from the start.[251] Going through a spiritual purification ordeal called the 30 Days of Thögal in Nanda Parbat, he spent a month alone in the darkness and looked deeply into his own soul through induced hallucinations.[252]

Face the Face

Main article: Batman: Face the Face

Batman returned to Gotham after his year of training, completely renewed and reinvigorated. Harvey Dent was trained to fight crime in his stead, and had become the city's resident vigilante protector. Commissioner Gordon turned on the Bat-Signal again and cheering broke out in the streets. Harvey Bullock began investigating a new serial killer taking out minor villains with two shots to the head, starting with KGBeast who was found dead in an alley.[253] Poison Ivy was the first villain to appear again, holding new political motives that led her to attack corporate executives like Lucius Fox. Magpie was also found dead.[254] Ventriloquist was the next victim, alongside his puppet Scarface. Batman decided that he needed someone working for him who could operate regularly during the daytime, and hired detective Jason Bard permanently on retainer.[255] Dent was the main suspect and grew enraged when he was accused, although Batman believed it was not really him.[256] Orca was the next victim found dead in the sewers, where her corpse was mutilated by a hungry Killer Croc. The only connection was that all victims were former enforcers for the Penguin, who had recently fled town. Bard discovered the assassin was a new Tally Man when he was attacked.[257] Driven back to insanity by internal conflict, Harvey Dent poured acid over one side of his face and reverted to his Two-Face persona.[258] Bard defeated the new Tally Man, and had him sent to Arkham Asylum.[259] Batman was forced to take down Two-Face, who now blamed him for turning evil again. Great White Shark was revealed to be the mastermind behind the shootings, having taken over the underworld and started running it for himself out of Arkham. Bruce also decided to adopt the recently orphaned Tim Drake legally as his son.[260]

Batman and Son

Batman meets Damian Wayne for the first time

Batman meets Damian Wayne for the first time
Main article: Batman and Son

Having virtually eliminated all super-crime in Gotham with the energy from his recent vacation, Bruce went abroad. Alfred explained that he had become so consumed by Batman he forgot how to act as Bruce Wayne, and needed to relearn.[261] At a charity function in London he met Jezebel Jet, an intelligent fashion model and ruler of an impoverished African nation whom he falls in love with immediately. The League of Assassins attacked Batman using a legion of ninjas transformed into Man-Bats by a serum stolen from Kirk Langstrom. Talia al Ghul took him prisoner and revealed that they had a son together she never told him about, introducing him to Damian Wayne.[262] Bruce needed to take care of the child and teach him respect while he figured out Talia's plans, as Damian proved to be spoiled and petulant. Raised by the League, he was a master martial artist and proved extremely difficult to control, beating up Tim Drake and beheading the Spook to prove he could be Robin.[263] Batman agreed to let Damian fight at his side rather than leave him alone, with the understanding that he would follow their no killing rules and obey orders. Talia was in Gibraltar, and they took the Bat-Rocket to get there before she could follow through with her terrorist attack. This turned out to have been an elaborate ploy to bring them together as a family, in the hopes that Bruce would return to her so they could put an end to all crime by ruling the planet together. Batman refused, so she declared war on him and they both disappeared during an explosion.[264]

Three Ghosts of Batman

Bat-Cop, a strange man dressed as Batman wielding guns, fought the Joker and shot him in the face before disappearing.[261] Joker believed the real Batman had changed the rules of their game, and was taken to the hospital where he psychologically transformed. Reinventing himself in a much darker and more brutal persona, he became an uncompromisingly malevolent creature of hatred.[265]

Jezebel Jet pursued a relationship with Bruce, sensing a deep connection between them. Looking into the mysterious disappearance of several prostitutes involving corrupt GCPD officers, Batman found they were trying to control and cover up a massive Bat-Bane on venom and monster men serum. Reminded of the other twisted impostor, he fought the huge foe and was pounded into the pavement.[266] After a nightmare promising that a third ghost from his past would yet haunt him, he recalled the Black Casebook; a diary documenting all of the strange and bizarre adventures from his early career which couldn't be logically explained, including a similar situation. Beating the Bat-Bane in their next fight, Batman was stopped from finding further answers by the corrupt officers and left him to be taken into custody.[267]

Bat-Devil made his appearance by storming into GCPD Headquarters demanding the Commissioner, when he was woken up as a sleeper agent. Shooting Batman in the chest, he sent him into cardiac arrest and a near-death Bruce began to hallucinate Bat-Mite.[268] Strapped into an operating chair in Bat-Devil's sanctum, he deliriously dreamed of his encounters with Joe Chill and having tormented him into committing suicide. This began flashbacks to his prior experiences with hallucination, including the 30 Days of Thögal[252] and the isolation chamber experiments conducted by Doctor Hurt.[269][270] The three men were revealed to have been part of an experiment that tried and failed to create another Batman in case of his death; it was conducted by Doctor Hurt, who was said to be the devil himself trying simply to destroy good men and make slaves of others. Batman broke free of his restraints and attacked Bat-Devil, who escaped as police arrived, and Bat-Bane was shot dead. Bruce considered the extreme hypothetical of an ultimate villain targeting his weaknesses through vast conspiracy unseen until it's too late, and wondered if this adversary was showing itself to him.[271]

Club of Heroes

Main article: Batmen of All Nations

Many years ago Batman had been part of a club involving super-heroes inspired by his legend from around the world.[272] Knight and Squire from England were legacy heroes after the original Knight's death at the hands of his nemesis. The Musketeer from France accidentally killed an enemy and was sent to prison, then wrote a book about it. Sioux Indian hero Man-of-Bats was a doctor and had a strained relationship with his side-kick and son Raven Red. Wingman from Sweden refused to admit his origins and claimed that he was crime-fighting a year before everyone else. El Gaucho of Argentina had become a greatly-respected hero in his own right. The Ranger from Australia had developed a darker and more violent persona to keep up with the changing face of crime. Legionary from Rome had gotten way past his prime and lived in his glory days. They were all called together to a reunion at the island mansion of billionaire John Mayhew, although no one greeted them. A man appeared on video screen wearing Mayhew's severed face, challenging them to solve the mystery of his murder and save their own lives. They were fighting the Black Glove, an organization that placed bets on the struggle between good and evil. Legionary was stabbed to death twenty-three times like Caesar by an assailant.[273] Everyone was a suspect as the house turned into a giant death-trap, using methods common to all of their respective villains. Wingman was the next body found burned to death.[274] Ranger was discovered to be Wingman in disguise, having faked his death by switching bodies. Mayhew was still alive and they were revealed to have worked together, taking revenge on Batman for ruining their chance at greatness by dismissing the team. After shooting Wingman in the head, Mayhew died when the Black Glove punished him for his failure and blew up the island as everyone else escaped in his plane.[275]

Heart of Hush

Main article: Batman: Heart of Hush

Hush reappeared in Gotham to destroy his nemesis before the Black Glove could take his victory, establishing an abandoned hospital as his headquarters and filling it with loyal mental patients. Shooting Doctor Aesop unexpectedly during a fight, he promised Bruce that no other villain would be allowed to harm him.[276] Batman cautioned his allies to become paranoid, and Hush set his plans in motion, teaming up with the Scarecrow.[277] A young orphan named Colin Wilkes was pumped full of venom and set on a rampage to distract attention from Hush's main plot. Hush kidnapped Catwoman and surgically removed her heart, leaving her barely alive on life support.[278] The two men fought at the hospital, and Hush explained that he would shut off Catwoman's heart if attacked again. Then he revealed that he had undergone plastic surgery to look exactly identical to Bruce Wayne.[279] Their fight took them to the Batcave after Batman secured the heart with Doctor Mid-Nite and Mister Terrific. Hush escaped permanent defeat after an explosion crippled him, although Catwoman used her resources to hunt down his entire fortune and destroy it, leaving him bankrupt. Bruce told Selina in her hospital bed that he loved her.[280]

Batman R.I.P.

The Batman of Zur-En-Arrh

The Batman of Zur-En-Arrh
Main article: Batman R.I.P.

During a dinner date where she considered breaking up with him, Jezebel Jet was captured by a terrorist named the Fiend with Nine Eyes and discovered that Bruce was Batman when he rescued her.[281]

The Black Glove invited Batman and Jezebel Jet to a dance of death called the Danse Macabre, having clearly discovered his secret identity. Doctor Hurt had organized villains and madmen from across the world including the Joker, Le Bossu and the Club of Villains to finally put an end to Batman. Robin believed that Bruce was slowly starting to lose his grip on reality, although Alfred insisted that there was no stronger mind in the world.[282] Hurt announced to his team that they would be creating a work of art in the complete and utter ruination of a noble human spirit; Thomas and Martha Wayne were discredited through slander published in the Gotham Gazette and the Club was sent out to attack his allies. Bruce finally collapsed into a mental break-down when he heard the trigger phrase Zur-En-Arrh spoken aloud, and villains stormed the Batcave[283] The attack completely destroyed his mind; he was injected with weapons grade crystal meth and street heroin and then woke up as an amnesiac derelict on the streets.

A homeless man named Honor Jackson took him in and gave him a small radio he believed to be the Bat-Radia, although this was a hallucination and Jackson had died of a drug overdose the previous day. Nightwing was captured by Scorpiana and taken to Arkham Asylum where Bossu planned to lobotomize him. Pierrot Lunaire and Swagman went after Robin. Bruce stitched a new costume called the Batman of Zur-En-Arrh with Bat-Mite as a spiritual guide.[284] This was a contingency plan he had prepared in case there was ever a direct attack on his mind, a stream-lined back-up personality that existed as Batman without Bruce Wayne. Taking out criminals across the city at unheard-of speed, he defeated King Kraken and interrogated Charlie Caligula. Hurt began wearing Thomas Wayne's Batman Costume and claimed that he was the real Thomas Wayne, having faked his own death years ago. Jeremiah Arkham was beaten and the Black Gloves took over his asylum. Commissioner Gordon came to investigate Wayne Manor personally and found himself caught in one of El Sombrero's death traps.[285]

The Black Glove prepared Arkham Asylum while its richest members gathered to gamble on whether good or evil would triumph. Batman fought his way inside through henchmen, although he had to make the final journey alone as Bat-Mite was his last voice of reason and could not enter the door. Damian and Talia al Ghul got involved and rescued Gordon. Batman brutally fought the enraged Joker and then unmasked in front of him when he finally saved Jezebel, although she was revealed to have been part of the conspiracy all along.[286] Joker killed a member of the Glove and placed his bet on good triumphing over evil. Buried alive in his cowl to be raised from the grave after incurring brain damage, Batman woke up, broke out of his coffin and rose through the dirt. The Bat-Radia was activated and it had been converted to send signals instead of receive, putting the asylum into lock-down through the Batcomputer. Nightwing woke up in time to break his restraints and punch out Bossu seconds before his lobotomy. Robin brought the Club of Heroes in to help clean up the city. Hurt tried to escape in a helicopter driven by Bat-Devil after swearing to continue destroying Batman unless he submitted, but Bruce refused and took the chopper down with his bare hands. There was a massive explosion over the water, but Batman survived and continued his fight against evil.[287]

Final Crisis

The death of Batman in Final Crisis

The death of Batman in Final Crisis
Main article: Final Crisis
Batman had to solve the murder of a New God when Orion was killed in Metropolis by a Radion Bullet. This was part of a greater plot by Darkseid to control the Multiverse using the Anti-Life Equation during Final Crisis.[288] Libra, prophet of the Religion of Crime, killed Martian Manhunter. At the funeral, Batman paid his respects by placing a Choco on his departed friend's grave.[289] Investigating the killings, he was taken prisoner by another dark servant, Granny Goodness posing as Kraken of the Alpha Lantern Corps.[290]
Batman is killed by the Omega Sanction

Batman is killed by the Omega Sanction
They intended to use Bruce Wayne to create a clone army of Batmen, using his body and mind as the template for perfect soldiers.

Simyan and Mokkari held him in their Evil Factory where they sedated him and slowly drained his character. Recognizing what was happening to him, Batman broke his psyche out of telepathic restraints and fought back against the system. Making his own mind into a weapon, he used all of the pain and trauma he had experienced to destroy their machines. Every single memory that Batman had driving his motivations, all of the raw emotional energy, was more stress than anything else could tolerate and the entire complex destroyed itself and nearly everything inside.[291]

Batman went to the Command D bunker and challenged Darkseid, the ultimate personification of evil, as the Anti-Life destroyed reality around them. Although he had made a very solemn vow about firearms, he said that he was making a once-in-a-lifetime exception and shot Darkseid in the chest with the Radion Bullet. This was a reversal of the moment when evil struck down his parents in the streets, and this time, Batman stood with his smoking gun pointed at evil himself. The last thing he said was "gotcha." Right before dying, Darkseid blasted Batman with an Omega Sanction that seemingly killed him. Arriving moments too late, Superman recovered Batman's skeletal burnt corpse.[292] Bruce Wayne was shown to have survived the Omega Sanction, and his body had been flung backward thousands of years in time. He was trapped in the Prehistoric Era, where he was present for the death of the first man Anthro, and drew cave paintings of his own insignia.[293]

Battle for the Cowl

Naturally, following the events of the Final Crisis that left the Batman Family without their leader, Batman's allies were in disarray, Gotham criminals took advantage of his absence, and the question stood, "Is Batman gone?" Feeling a combination of obligation and hesitation, Dick Grayson, Tim Drake-Wayne, Alfred Pennyworth, and Damian Wayne debated as to what the future of the Dark Knight should be, until an estranged Jason Todd turned up, having taken a twisted cowl (reminiscent of Jean-Paul Valley's) for himself. Todd decommissioned an arrogant Damian, making Dick, Tim, and Alfred feel an even greater sense of urgency to send the Caped Crusader back on the streets. However, Dick still refused, prompting Tim to hijack an old Batsuit himself and seek out Jason and his twisted Batcave. Jason managed to defeat Tim and severely injure him, leaving only Dick and Jason as the heir to the cowl. As Alfred provided medical care for Damian and Tim was barely escaping with his life, Dick and Jason fought long and hard until Jason, vowing that he would see Dick "much sooner than you think," plummeted off of a moving train into the depths of the river below. The conclusion of this struggle found Dick accepting his role as the new Batman, with the darkest Robin yet, Damian, by his side. Tim, however, was far away from Gotham, believing that Bruce was not actually dead. He took the mantle of the Red Robin, and explored the globe for clues as to where his adoptive father was.

Blackest Night

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Superman later returned the cowl from Bruce's remains to Nightwing and Robin, to be left in a memorial similar to the one Batman made for Jason. At Alfred's insistence, no public funeral was held for Batman, and Robin, refusing to believe he was dead, prevented them from declaring Bruce Wayne dead. Wayne's body was buried in an unmarked grave next to Thomas and Martha Wayne.

Some weeks later, as Gotham City was going through a rampant crime wave following Batman's disappearance, Green Lantern Hal Jordan and Barry Allen, the second Flash, who had returned during the Final Crisis, met each other at Wayne's grave for a private farewell to their friend. Although Hal was somber given the loss, coupled with the earlier losses of Arthur Curry and J'onn J'onzz, Barry reminded Hal that they, Superman, and Green Arrow all died and returned, and if anyone could beat the Reaper, it was the Dark Knight. Unfortunately, soon after they left, the criminal Black Hand, dug Wayne's skull out of the ground while reciting the Black Lantern Oath.[294] Nekron later used a Black Lantern Ring to revive the skull and build it a form to tether an emotional connection to the heroes present, and had it spit out Black Lantern Rings that attached themselves to the resurrected heroes; Superman, Wonder Woman, Green Arrow, Superboy, and Kid Flash, with two more failing to reach Barry Allen and Hal Jordan. Almost immediately after, much to Hal Jordan's surprise, Nekron released the skull from the ring and it returned to normal. After the Blackest Night, Hal and Barry returned to Bruce's grave to talk about what had transpired. After stating that "dead is dead from here on out," Hal said that Batman is the exception because the Black Lantern Batman they fought did not recognize any of them and was not really Bruce, proving that Tim Drake was right; Bruce was still alive, somewhere.

Sometime after the Blackest Night, at Jason Todd's behest, Dick (apparently unaware of Hal Jordan's post-Blackest Night conclusions) immersed Bruce's body in a Lazarus Pit. The body turned out to be one of Darkseid's Batman clones that he decided to keep as a perfect replica of Batman. However, its memories were warped and unstable and it went mad. After attacking Damian, the clone burned out and died. Dick finally accepted that Bruce was still alive somewhere.

Return of Bruce Wayne

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Batman of the Prehistoric Era
Trapped in the past with no memory, Bruce was forced to fight his way through time back to the present day. Darkseid used the Hyper-Adapter monster to aim him like a doomsday weapon through history, picking up Omega Energy until he reached the modern era and exploded. Rip Hunter and his Time Masters, including Booster Gold, Green Lantern and Superman became a time traveling search party to stop him from ending the world. Starting in the Prehistoric Era, he was given the name Man-of-Bats and defeated Vandal Savage's Blood Tribe in combat. This inspiration drove Anthro's people to call themselves the Bat Tribe.[295]
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Bruce Wayne as a Pirate
Several hundred years later he became a colonial witch-hunter, using detective work to disprove supernatural explanations for local crimes using the identity of Mordecai Wayne. His name went down in legend as a mythical dragon-slayer when he disappeared while fighting the monster.[296] Bruce was mistaken for the Black Pirate when he washed up on an unfamiliar shore next to the real Jack Valor, and was taken hostage by Blackbeard. They forced him to guide them through a cave system to reveal his treasure, but he fought them off with the Pirate's cowl and was assisted by the native Bat-people. Valor was entrusted to write down a mysterious message in a box, and gave it to the Wayne family for safe-keeping over the centuries.[297] As a masked avenger in the old west he protected his future family from Monsieur Savage and another ancestor named Thomas Wayne, attempting to steal the box for themselves. This was supposed to bring about the end times through a dark god named Barbatos. Succeeding in his mission, Batman was shot off a bridge by the bounty hunter Jonah Hex.[298] Returning to Gotham shortly after his parents' murder, a friend of his mother named Marsha Lamarr enlisted him as a private investigator looking into the shooting. There were accusations made that Thomas Wayne staged the killing to fake his own death. Marsha betrayed Bruce to Doctor Hurt's devil-worshiping Black Glove organization who had attempted to destroy his parents' souls through their reputations, and set him on fire as a human sacrifice. Carter Nichols' prototype time machine allowed him to escape into the future, to the end of time at Vanishing Point.[299]
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Batman affected by the Hyper-Adapter
Bruce regained his memory at the end of time, having worked out his plan to thwart Darkseid's revenge. Memory loss gave the monster nothing to go on, and the clues he planted for himself all along helped him work out how to get through everything. Merging with one of the great Archivists, he briefly gained omniscience and created a Time Sphere to travel back to his own time. Possessed by the Hyper-Adapter and overwhelmed with dangerous amounts of Omega Radiation, he allowed the Justice League to defeat him. They induced clinical death to separate Bruce from the beast and dissipate the radiation, then sent it back through time again using the sphere. Experiencing a hallucination in the Fifth World, Batman was confronted by a vision of Darkseid urging him to accept Anti-Life and Metron urging him to defeat the ultimate evil by accepting the first truth of Batman: he had never been alone. Bruce revived after two minutes of clinical death, Red Robin explained that Gotham was in terrible trouble and he suited up to go.[300]
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Bruce Wayne goes public with Batman Inc.
However, before going out as Batman again, Bruce took over the identity of the vigilante Insider and started meeting his past friends and allies to learn how things had changed since his departure. His return called the attention of Ra's al Ghul and after a confrontation in Gotham, Bruce decided that it was time to reclaim the mantle of the Bat.[301]

Doctor Hurt and Professor Pyg had taken Gotham by siege, fighting Dick Grayson and Damian Wayne. After defeating the 99 Fiends together, Bruce went after Hurt and the others went after Pyg. Trapping him in his own interrogation room to listen to Alfred's death, Hurt proclaimed that he was the devil and Batman would rot in purgatory. Bursting out of the prison, he delivered a final beat-down to Hurt and went to rescue Pennyworth. The Doctor escaped outside where he was defeated by the Joker and buried alive with a giant grin on his face. Having come to a new conclusion about the direction of his fight against crime, Bruce revealed in a press conference that he had been privately financing Batman for years and went public with Batman Incorporated.[302]

Batman Incorporated

The redesigned Batman Incorporated costume

The redesigned Batman Incorporated costume

Batman gathered his closest associates Dick Grayson, Tim Drake, Barbara Gordon, Stephanie Brown, and Damian Wayne in the Batcave and gave them all new assignments as the start of an army against crime. They would make their battle ideological, fighting the idea of crime with the idea of Batman and making sure there was nowhere for evil to hide. Lucius Fox was commissioned to make a private army of Batman Robots. Bruce tried Damian out and determined that they would not work well together on missions, insisting that he continue his position with Grayson as the Batman and Robin of Gotham City. These actions drew the attentions of the Leviathan Organization.[303]

Batman traveled to Japan with Catwoman to recruit the crime-fighter Mister Unknown.[304] They helped Mister Unknown defeat a Leviathan agent called Lord Death Man, and Mister Unknown became the new Batman of Japan.[305] In France, Bruce Wayne recruited a Muslim called Nightrunner to become the Batman of Paris.[306][307] Batman visited Argentina to recruit El Gaucho. They battled Leviathan agents El Papagayo, El Sombrero, and Scorpiana.[308][309] This trail led them to an island prison, where Leviathan had released the aging Nazi super-criminal Doctor Dedalus.[310] Bruce continued his expansion with Batwing in Africa, Black Bat in Hong Kong, Dark Ranger in Australia, Red Robin in charge of the Outsiders, and a mysterious new Wingman.[311] During a visit to South Dakota, Bruce helped Man-of-Bats and Raven Red deal with the Leviathan agent Red Rippa.[312] Bruce introduced Internet 3.0 to his investors, and Oracle defended it against Leviathan cyber-attacks.[313] Batman and Batgirl went undercover to take down an evil finishing school. They stopped Son of Pyg, who was using the school to recruit for Leviathan. Doctor Dedalus trapped the entire team in a labyrinth to drive them insane, until Robin was forced to kill Dedalus. It was revealed that Dedalus was just a distraction, and the mastermind by Leviathan was Talia al Ghul.[314]

Flashpoint

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This section of the history takes place during Flashpoint, a massive crossover event set in an alternate timeline to the mainstream DCU. History was completely changed when Professor Zoom finally found a way to erase his nemesis the Flash without harming his own legacy.

The timeline was drastically altered by Professor Zoom during Flashpoint.[315] In this new version of history, Bruce was shot dead by Joe Chill in Crime Alley and his parents survived. Thomas Wayne swore revenge and became Batman after savagely beating Chill to death in the streets. Martha Wayne went mad with grief and became the Joker after carving a smile into her own face.[316] Thomas Wayne met Barry Allen and they worked together to restore the timeline.[317] Batman killed Professor Zoom and they successfully restored history to the way it was meant to be. Before erasing himself, Thomas wrote a message to his son and had the Flash deliver it. Bruce was brought to tears by the letter detailing how proud his father would have been to see him grow up into the man he had become.[318]

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This history is continued in The New 52 at Bruce Wayne (Prime Earth).
The DC Universe was rebooted in 2011 as part of the Flashpoint event. This was an attempt to simplify continuity, and make DC Comics more accessible to new readers. Prior to this, mainstream comics took place in New Earth continuity since the Crisis on Infinite Earths in 1985. The continuity established following Flashpoint is Prime Earth.

Convergence

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This section of the history takes place during Convergence, a massive crossover event revisiting characters from past eras and realities. The villains Brainiac and Telos plucked them from their own timeline and stored them together, causing them to cross over into each others' reality. Its precise chronological placement and canonicity may be unclear.

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Two separate versions of Batman are taken to Convergence from Pre-Zero Hour, around the time when Jean Paul-Valley was still Batman and the Pre-Flashpoint Version. The villain Brainiac stole pre-Flashpoint Gotham City and pre-Zero Hour Metropolis and put them under the custody of Telos the Living Planet. The cities were surrounded by a dome that trapped everyone inside and caused all superhumans to lose their powers.

Pre-Zero Hour Batman and Valley team up to fight Tobias Whale.[319][320]

During the course of a year, Pre-Flashpoint Batman and Robin struggled to maintain order. One night, Batman and Robin protected Poison Ivy's garden, a source of good for Gotham, from the Penguin's minions, but Red Hood's arrival caused friction between the dynamic duo. Batman stopped the fight in time for the dome around Gotham to disappear. Telos announced that all of the cities he captured would fight among each other for survival, forcing Batman and his allies to confront the Extremists.[321]

It was only by setting their differences aside that Batman and his allies survived the confrontation and defeated their opponents. Bruce admitted to Damian that he did not know much about being a father, but he loved him and that was all that mattered. Damian understood and put the argument behind them both. Later, Batman re-met Superman, who had also become a father by that time. The World's Finest acknowledged their responsibilities as fathers and decided to stand together, whatever happened.[322]

After the fall of the dome, Bruce met an alternate version of his father, who had become his world's Batman. Their interaction was short, and Bruce and Thomas left to complete their respective missions, but not without saying kind words about one another.[323]

When the evil sorcerer Deimos announced his plans to conquer Telos, Batman and his friends formed an alliance with other heroes on Telos to stop him. Deimos' death initiated a singularity that threatened to destroy the Multiverse, but a repentant Brainiac and a group of heroes were able to stop it by preventing the First Crisis from happening in the first place. Such an action restored the multiverse and released all of Telos' prisoners back into their respective homes, allowing Batman and his friends to resume their lives.[324]

Possible Futures

See also: Possible Futures

Personality

The Batman

The Batman

Batman, in most of his incarnations, is a dark and grim hero with a personal vendetta against criminals. Traumatized by the death of his parents, Batman has sworn to rid Gotham from the criminal elements that took his parents from him. He is very paranoid and obsessive, which often makes it difficult for him to trust other people that aren't Alfred, the Robins, or the Batgirls.

Despite this, Batman has proved to have a great love for humanity, which was instilled by his parents. His father was a doctor, while his mother was a crusader against child abuse. Indeed, Batman's oath of vengeance is tempered with the greater ideal of justice. He refrains from killing, as he feels this would not make him any better than the criminals he fights. He is also a very prominent member of the Justice League and the founder of the Outsiders.

To protect his secret identity, Batman has constructed a fake persona he can use in his civilian identity. To the world at large, Bruce Wayne is a self-absorbed, superficial, irresponsible playboy and philanthropist. Only his closest allies know that this attitude is just an act.

Who is "The Real Man?"

The Bruce Wayne/playboy aspect of his character is a facade, while the masked and particularly dark, grim vigilante is marked as the "true" man. Usually, Batman is further separated from Bruce Wayne by the raspy and stony bass voice he usually assumes while costumed. However, although even Bruce considers Batman his 'real' identity, when he briefly contemplated abandoning Bruce Wayne to live only as Batman after the murder of Vesper Fairchild, his decision to act to protect a small-time thug from being caught in the crossfire helped him recognize that Bruce Wayne was equally important to him, as that action was based on what his father would have done. When Bruce and Batman were split into separate people by the wish-granting Id, Bruce retained the memory of Thomas and Martha Wayne's deaths, leaving him angry at the world with no way to channel that rage, while Batman began to gradually lose focus, lacking any actual drive to avenge deaths he no longer truly 'remembered' even if he still had his existing skills.


Another identity used by Batman is that of gangster "Matches Malone." Matches was a small-time arsonist who killed his brother and then committed suicide by burning himself to death. Becoming Matches allows Batman to operate within the criminal community as a respected member with pre-established credibility. Matches is often under suspicion of being a snitch to Batman however, and great lengths often have to be gone to maintain his "rep." Matches would later return to Gotham City, and reveal to Batman he had been innocent, and had faked his death. The real Matches was murdered by the Ventriloquist, for Batman's actions in his name, but Batman was able to preserve the identity and even avenge his death.[325] He has since, when in the Malone persona, pursued it to the point of even being incarcerated as him in Blackgate Penitentiary.

Secret Identity

Bruce Wayne at the Opera

Bruce Wayne at the Opera

Wayne guards his secret identity well, but several individuals know of his superhero alter-ego, including Superman, Wonder Woman, Supergirl, Lois Lane, The Flash (Jay Garrick, Barry Allen & Wally West), Green Lantern (Hal Jordan, John Stewart, Kyle Rayner & Alan Scott), Aquaman (Arthur Curry), The Martian Manhunter (J'onn J'onzz), Plastic Man (Patrick "Eel" O'Brien), Starman (Thom Kallor), Vixen (Mari McCabe), Zatanna Zatara, Black Lightning (Jefferson Pierce), Black Canary (Dinah Laurel Lance), Green Arrow (Oliver Queen), Arsenal (Roy Harper), Nightwing (Dick Grayson), Catwoman (Selina Kyle), Red Hood (Jason Todd), Red Robin (Tim Drake), Oracle (Barbara Gordon), Black Bat (Cassandra Cain), Robin IV (Damian Wayne), his butler Alfred Pennyworth, and the kindly doctor Leslie Thompkins.

Several villains have discovered his true identity over the years, most notably Ra's al Ghul, Hugo Strange, the Riddler, the Scarecrow, and Bane.

The villain Hush has attempted to take revenge on both sides of the Batman/Bruce Wayne persona, and he is noted throughout his run as a villain who has personal ties to Bruce Wayne and/or Batman; Hush is later revealed to be Thomas Elliot, a childhood friend of Bruce Wayne. Fortunately, most of Batman's enemies have dismissed the notion of Bruce Wayne as Batman because of Wayne's apparent dim-wittedness and self-absorption while the ones who do know prefer to keep the information to themselves for their own reasons. The Joker has had opportunities to learn himself, but he has always refused them, since it would personally rob the mystique of his enemy.

Relationships with allies

Batman is a normal human being who does not possess any superhuman abilities, but has character flaws that can be exploited by enemies.

As a young child, Bruce tended to be solitary and withdrawn, a condition only exacerbated by the murder of his parents. This led to his current state as a loner who would prefer to be on his own rather than rely on others. His difficulty in trusting others is a constant issue for him to overcome, and perhaps his only weakness.

His longest and closest relationship is with Alfred Pennyworth, who represents a father figure, confessor, and advisor. Alfred and he have clashed in the past, but share a deep and unbreakable bond. To the world at large, Bruce Wayne looks like a rich, good looking, dim-witted playboy. But there are times when Bruce has found love -- the beautiful Catwoman, Wonder Woman, Talia al Ghul, Vicki Vale, Sasha Bordeaux, Zatanna, and others, have all fallen in love with him. Bruce can love, it's just more difficult for him to after his parents' deaths.

Next to Alfred, his closest relationships are with his partners and students, the Robins and the Batgirls. Although they have not always been harmonious due to his nature as an often harsh, strict and emotionally withdrawn mentor, it is clear that he views the Robins as his sons, although he views Jason Todd as the son he failed.

James Gordon remains a close friend and staunch ally, although their relationship has also been challenged by Batman's secretive nature. Still, Gordon remains arguably Batman's best friend.

His relationship with other superheroes and metahumans has been complex. Though a long time member of both the Justice League and the Outsiders, and a close associate of the Justice Society and the Teen Titans, he also does not fully trust them. This (warranted or not) has led to his keeping files on how to defeat allies and friends in case they ever cross the line. This stems from events revealed in the Identity Crisis incident where his memory was erased by other members of the Justice League to cover up their roles in the mindwiping of Doctor Light, who had raped Ralph Dibny (Elongated Man)'s wife Sue. In the past, this information has been used against him and his allies, first by Ra's al Ghul, and then later by the OMAC Project.

Batman and Superman

Batman and Superman

Among the superhero community outside the Robins and Batgirls, he is closest to Superman and Wonder Woman, having a long established partnership with both heroes, as well as a romantic relationship with Wonder Woman. These relationships have never been smooth. Superman and Batman have often disagreed with each other over methods and trust. A particularly sour point was the arrival of Kara Zor-El; Superman believed Batman was being unnecessarily cautious about a potentially dangerous Kara, and Batman was shocked at Superman's willingness to reveal his secret identity to a girl with little actual memory of Krypton. Despite their disagreements, the two hold a deep respect for each other, to the extent that Superman has trusted Batman with a Kryptonite Ring to use against him in the event that the Man of Steel should fall under another's control, or simply turn against the world on his own.

Among all of the detectives in the super hero community, Batman appreciated Barry Allen's optimistic outlook; a man who saw his work as protecting the innocent, instead of damning the guilty.

Batman has occasionally been arrogant, treating many of his allies with various degrees of disrespect. He often imposes his exacting standards on others as he does himself. He also sometimes overestimates his own abilities, allowing foes to take advantage of that.

Romances

For the most part, Bruce does not engage in serious romance, preferring to focus in his superhero duties instead. However, Bruce occasionally softens his heart and has been romantically involved with the following women:

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Batman and Catwoman kiss
  • Catwoman: Quite possibly Batman's best-known romance, the master thief Catwoman has been Batman's lover at several points of his life. Selina Kyle was inspired to don the costume of the Cat after seeing Batman in action, and later proved herself as both an adversary and ally to Batman. The two regularly flirted in costume and also dated in their civilian identities as socialites on occasion, though Selina was then unaware of Bruce's identity as Batman. After years of attraction, Bruce confided in Selina by telling her of his identity, and the two pursued a relationship. This was short-lived as Bruce determined that his commitment to justice could not allow him to get so close with anyone else. Despite this, they remain close friends and reliable allies. Catwoman's morally ambiguous nature represents a gray area in Batman's otherwise black and white life.
  • Jezebel Jet: The supermodel and leader of a small nation in Africa, Jezebel Jet dated Bruce Wayne and eventually discovered his identity as Batman. She was later revealed to be an agent of the criminal organization Black Glove, who were plotting Batman's demise. She was killed at the hands of another of Wayne's lovers, Talia al Ghul.
  • Julie Madison: Julie is the daughter of Norman Madison, a wealthy entrepreneur. She began a relationship with Bruce Wayne, but after discovering her lover's true identity, she left Gotham and joined the Peace Corps, relocating to Africa to help the needy as a missionary.[326]
  • Sasha Bordeaux: Officially hired as Bruce Wayne's bodyguard due to the demands of Wayne Enterprises, Sasha eventually learned the truth about his identity as Batman and assisted him on patrols until the two were accused of the murder of Vesper Fairchild. Although she kept Bruce's secret and never implicated him in the murder, the conclusion that she had been used prompted her to part company with him. The two later shared a kiss, but their relationship never progressed further than that.
  • Shondra Kinsolving: Shondra was a doctor who helped Bruce Wayne to recover from his back injuries inflicted by Bane.[327] Bruce started to develop feelings towards her and was ready to tell her about his secret identity as Batman, but she was kidnapped by her brother Benjamin Asplin. Bruce traveled around the world in his crippled state to find her and confess his feelings for her. When he finally found her, Bruce asked Shondra to marry him. After a struggle with her brother, Shondra was left mentally unable and Bruce took her to a care center, ensuring that she could have everything she needs.[328]
  • Silver St. Cloud: A wealthy Gotham socialite, Silver St. Cloud first met Bruce Wayne at a private party.[329] They entered a romantic relationship and Silver later deduced Bruce's secret identity,[330] causing her to break off the relationship as she couldn't bare the thought of losing him as a result of his crusade.[331] Years later, the two met again and rekindled their romance, with Silver becoming accepting of his role as Batman. Her life was cut short, however, when the villain Onomatopoeia slit her throat.[332]
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Batman and Talia al Ghul embrace
  • Talia al Ghul: Talia al Ghul is the daughter of the immortal terrorist and leader of the League of Assassins, Ra's al Ghul. Talia first met the Dark Knight when he rescued her from a usurper within the League of Assassins. She fell in love with the Batman, and Ra's al Ghul considered him the only man worthy of marrying his daughter and producing an heir to the League. This began a tumultuous relationship between Bruce and Talia, with her being as often an enemy to Batman as she is a lover. Talia later assumed control of the League of Assassins and introduced Bruce to his only biological child, a son she bore and raised in secret named Damian. After her plan to unite Bruce to her cause and rule the world at her side failed, Talia declared war on Batman. She led the Leviathan Organization and became a fierce foe in her own right.
  • Vesper Fairchild: A popular radio talk show host in Gotham, Bruce and Vesper went on several dates, with Bruce acknowledging that he had deep feelings for her even if he tried to repress them. They were separated when Vesper left Gotham during No Man's Land, and her life was subsequently cut tragically short when she was killed by David Cain as part of a plan to frame Bruce Wayne for her murder.
  • Vicki Vale: A reporter, photographer and television personality, Vicki Vale has been romantically involved with Bruce Wayne on multiple occasions. After his disappearance at the same time as Batman's, Vicki theorized that Bruce and Batman were one and the same.[333] After presenting her findings to Bruce and proving her theory correct, she destroyed all evidence of his secret and offered to help him in his efforts.[334]
  • Wonder Woman: Diana spent a lot of time combat training against Batman alone together in the JLA, and this eventually developed into a flirtatious relationship.[335] They were trapped in the past together during the Obsidian Age, and Diana nursed him back to health from the brink of death.[336] They also shared a kiss together before what they believed was their final battle.[337] The two set up their first date at Wayne Manor,[338] but Bruce couldn't make it because he was crime-fighting.[339] Eventually when they discussed their relationship together, they came to the conclusion that although they both loved each other, it would be best for them to remain friends.[340] The events of the Blackest Night showed that Diana still has strong feelings for Bruce, as the strength of her love towards him allowed her to become a member of the Star Sapphire Corps.[341]
  • Zatanna Zatara: Bruce met Zatanna when he began training alongside her father, the powerful magician Giovanni Zatara. They maintained a close friendship as superheroes and partners, but had a major falling out after Bruce's discovery that Zatanna had mindwiped him at the request of the JLA. They eventually reconciled, and after Zatanna asked him why their relationship had never progressed further into romance, Bruce responded by telling Zatanna he hadn't wanted to bring her into his dark world.


Abilities

  • Indomitable Will: Although he has no superhuman powers, Batman's unstoppable determination and strength of will make him an extremely formidable opponent. This makes him able to function while tolerating massive amounts of physical pain, and also allows him to resist telepathy or mind control.[citation needed] His willpower is strong enough to operate a Green Lantern Ring when necessary.[342]
  • Intimidation: It is widely known that Batman has the ability to instill fear in others, to the extent that even the people that know him best are intimidated by him. Batman regularly forces common criminals to flee in terror despite there being no evidence that he would actually kill anyone. Even those who aren't afraid of the likes of Superman fear Batman. His ability to inspire great fear made him eligible for induction into the Sinestro Corps, although he was able to fight off the power ring's control.[343]
  • Interrogation: Batman is adept in interrogation techniques, often using law enforcement methods as well as torture. Several methods seen include hanging a person over the edge of a building by one leg or chaining a person upside down and beating them. He usually just uses his frightening appearance to get answers. Bruce summarized his methods with the statement: "Fear is an excellent motivator."
  • Peak Human Condition: Through intense training, a specialized diet, and biofeedback treatments, Batman represents the pinnacle of human physical prowess. His physical attributes exceeded that of an Olympic level athlete.[344] His strength, speed, stamina, agility, reflexes and coordination are at peak human perfection. Batman began his physical and mental conditioning when he was 11 and then intense physical training and weight lifting at age 12. He had mastered full body control by the time he was 18. Bruce Wayne, since the age of 15, has followed a strict diet to enable his body to develop and operate at its most proficient, along with biofeedback treatments (using portable/non portable machines to stimulate muscles to contraction). Batman has performed amazing physical feats due to his superior physique. He engages in an intensive regular regimen of rigorous exercise (including aerobics, weight lifting, gymnastics, and simulated combat) to keep himself in peak condition, and has often defeated opponents whose size, strength, or other powers greatly exceeded his own. He has spent his entire life in pursuit of physical perfection and has attained it through constant intensive training and determination.
  • Peak Human Strength: Batman regularly bench-presses at least 1000 lbs. during his exercise routine.[345] This allows him to be capable of amazing feats such as punching a SWAT officer through a brick wall.[12] He's able to break thin steel handcuffs with his bare hands.[346]
  • Peak Human Reflexes: Bruce's reflexes were honed to such a degree that he has caught one of Green Arrow's arrows in mid flight when he tried to shoot him.[347] He has also been able to dodge point blank gunfire.
  • Peak Human Speed: He can run at speeds comparable to the finest competing athletes.
  • Peak Human Endurance: His endurance is comparable to that of the finest Olympic Decathlon participant.[348] His lung capacity is so great that he could hold his breath underwater for 3 minutes and 15 seconds.[349] He can survive in the airless vacuum of space for exactly 27 seconds.[350]
  • Peak Human Stamina: At peak capacity, Batman can physically exert himself for only approximately an hour before the build up of fatigue toxins began to impair him.[351]
  • Peak Human Agility: His agility is above than that of a Chinese acrobat and an Olympic gold medalist gymnast.[352] His main phase of movement was Parkour which he learned in France and used to scale the city's rooftops or on widow buildings in an acrobatic manner.[353]
  • Acrobatics: He is proficient in gymnastics and acrobatics.
  • Martial Arts: Bruce is well trained in multiple martial arts; he is known as the man who has mastered many forms of martial arts. His primary form of combat is an idiosyncratic admixture of Tae Kwon Do, Judo, Muay Thai, Dragon Style Kung Fu, Boxing, Jujitsu, Ninjitsu and Capoeira.[citation needed]
  • Weaponry: Through his martial arts training, he has become an expert on all melee weaponry. Wayne has displayed exceptional sword fighting capability and proficiency with knives, sticks[354] and various other weapons. He practices during his combat sessions to keep his skills intact, but he prefers unarmed combat.
  • Stealth: His Ninjutsu training has made him a master at stealth and capable of breaching high security facilities without being detected.
  • Marksmanship: Wayne is an expert marksman. He is skilled with throwing projectile weapons, archery and firearms. He has been practicing such skills since the early days of his training and is almost on par with the Green Arrow in terms of accuracy.[citation needed]
  • Genius Level Intellect: Batman is a brilliant, virtually peerless, detective, strategist, scientist, tactician, and commander; he is widely regarded as one of the keenest analytical minds on the planet. Given his lack of superpowers, he often uses cunning and planning to outwit his foes, rather than simply "out-fighting" them.
  • Polymath: He has studied Biology, Technology, Mathematics, Physics, Mythology, Geography and History.[citation needed] Bruce gained degrees in Criminal Science, Forensic Sciences, Computer Sciences, Chemistry and Engineering by the time he was 21.[citation needed] He had mastered Diverse Environmental Training, Security Systems, and illusion/sleight of hand by the time he was 23.[citation needed] He gained even more degrees in Biology, Physics, Advanced Chemistry, and Technology by the time he was 25.[citation needed] He has also learned Medical Sciences and Expanded Computer and Engineering Sciences.[original research?]
  • Eidetic Memory: Batman has total recall and can remember anything in great detail.
  • Investigation: He is widely considered the World's Greatest Detective, capable of observation, forensic investigation, and inductive and deductive reasoning of the highest caliber. Human intuition is an unlearnable trait and one of Batman's most effective tools. Given any mystery, he can arrive at the correct conclusions with a fraction of the data.[original research?]
  • Multilingualism: He is able to speak Spanish, French, Latin, German, Japanese, English, Russian, Cantonese, Mandarin, Greek, Portuguese, Arabic, Sanskrit, Hindi, Thai, Farsi,[94] and possibly more.[citation needed]
  • Tactical Analysis: He commonly utilizes cunning tactics to outwit his foes, relying on his plans and experience to outmanoeuvre many of his superhuman friends and adversaries. Batman is known as one of the greatest strategists and tacticians in the universe.
  • Leadership: He is known for having great leadership. He is leader of the Outsiders, the Batman Family and Batman Incorporated. He is also in charge of his company, Wayne Enterprises.
  • Escapology: He has been described as second only to Mister Miracle as an escape artist.[citation needed] He has been seen escaping from a Posey straitjacket in less than 52 seconds, and remarked afterwards that the time was way too slow for his usual standards.[citation needed]
  • Driving: Bruce is proficient at driving many vehicles like cars, motor bikes and trucks, and he is also skillful at driving jets, helicopters, auto boats and small ships.
  • Tracking: Trained in hunting techniques by African Bushmen (the Ghost Tribes of the Ten-eyed Brotherhood, among others).[citation needed]
  • Disguise: Had mastered the art of disguise by the time he was 23.[citation needed] Had further learned expanded disguise techniques by the time he was 26, through various instructions from Alfred.[citation needed] Batman has many aliases he uses to infiltrate the underworld or just to go undercover in public situations. Among his various aliases are: Matches Malone, Thomas Quigley, Ragman, Detective Hawke, Sir Hemingford Grey, Frank Dixon, Gordon Selkirk, and Mr. Fledermaus.[citation needed]
  • Mechanical Aptitude: Proficient at combat driving. Has learned improved vehicle designs. Was trained and proficient in basic vehicles operations.
  • Mechanical Engineering: Capable of designing and creating suits of armor capable of outracing missiles and protecting the wearer from its detonation at point blank range. Also, designed and created a highly powerful suit of armor known as the Hellbat armor, the latest version of which was used by Lois Lane to gain the upper hand in a fight against a powered-up Eradicator, who had just defeated Superman.
  • Business Management: Bruce Wayne has extensive skills and experience in business management, has thorough understanding of financial marketing and management and is often seen as a example of a successful industrialist and businessman on a par with Lex Luthor.

Weaknesses

  • Single-Mindedness: Batman's drive to protect Gotham has been used against him on several occasions, most notably when Bane decided to confront Batman only after wearing him down by destroying Arkham Asylum, knowing that his foe would try and capture all the escaped inmates himself and thus push himself to the brink of exhaustion.

Equipment

  • Batsuit: The costume Batman wears is composed of reinforced Kevlar, Nomax and a small percentage of titanium; it's bullet-proof and resistant to various types of attack (explosions, impacts, falls, etc...). It's also heatproof. The gloves and the boots are reinforced to rebound the impact of punches and kicks. The gloves also have some metallic blades on their sides. The cape is designed to provide the wearer with controlled gliding functionality with the ability to change directions and heights while in mid-air. The mask has a small percentage of lead, which shields the Batman's face from x-ray powers or x-ray technology, and incorporates an infrared and night visor, auditory sensors and a sonar. The mask is accessorized with some security systems (aggravating gas, electric blasts, etc.), like the utility belt, and integrates a transmitter receiver device for voice and video.
  • Utility Belt: Batman keeps most of his personal field equipment in a signature piece of apparel: a yellow utility belt. The utility belt has a button to call the Batmobile. Over the years it has contained items such as plastic explosives, nerve toxins, batarangs, smoke bombs, a fingerprint kit, a cutting tool, a grappling hook gun, torches, a "re-breather" breathing device, and lockpicks. Superman entrusted Batman with a ring made of kryptonite, to be used should the Man of Steel ever need to be reined in (due to being mind-controlled by a villain, etc.) The Kryptonite Ring is contained in a lead pocket, in order to shield Batman from its radiations. The belt also has its own automatic security systems.

Transportation

Weapons

  • Bruce Wayne rarely drinks alcohol. Dick Grayson has mentioned that he's seen Bruce drink less times than he can count on one hand. When Stephanie Brown died, he drank Purcell's 12-year-old bourbon.[367]
  • Batman's online screenname is JonDoe297.[368]
  • Bruce Wayne's favorite meal is Mulligatawny soup.[369]
  • Notable nicknames for Batman include: The Dark Knight, The Caped Crusader, The World's Greatest Detective, The Masked Manhunter, The Cowled Crimefighter, and simply The Bat.

Related


Footnotes

  1. Batman Confidential #54
  2. Batman #404
  3. Batman #673
  4. 4.0 4.1 Batman: Blind Justice
  5. 5.0 5.1 Batman #431
  6. Robin Vol 4 31
  7. Detective Comics #734
  8. Batman: The Ultimate Guide to the Dark Knight, 2nd edition, 2005, DK Publishing, ISBN 0-756-61121-0 [1]
  9. Robin (Volume 4) #70
  10. Detective Comics Annual #2
  11. Batman #405
  12. 12.0 12.1 Batman #406
  13. 13.0 13.1 Batman #407
  14. Batman and the Monster Men
  15. Batman: The Man Who Laughs
  16. Batman: Lovers and Madmen
  17. Detective Comics (Volume 2) #1
  18. Batman Annual #19
  19. Detective Comics Annual #8
  20. Batman: Shadow of the Bat Annual #3
  21. Batman: Snow
  22. Batman: The Long Halloween #1
  23. Batman: The Long Halloween #2
  24. Batman: The Long Halloween #3
  25. Batman: The Long Halloween #4
  26. Batman: The Long Halloween #5
  27. Batman: The Long Halloween #6
  28. Batman: The Long Halloween #7
  29. Batman: The Long Halloween #8
  30. Batman: The Long Halloween #9
  31. Batman: The Long Halloween #10
  32. Batman: The Long Halloween #10
  33. Batman: The Long Halloween #12
  34. Batman: The Long Halloween #13
  35. Man of Steel #3
  36. Superman/Batman Annual #1
  37. Batman/Superman/Wonder Woman: Trinity
  38. 38.0 38.1 Justice League of America #9
  39. 39.0 39.1 Justice League of America (Volume 2) #0
  40. Batman #436
  41. Batman #439
  42. Batman: Dark Victory #9
  43. Batman: Dark Victory #10
  44. Batman: Dark Victory #11-12
  45. Batman #437
  46. Batman: Dark Victory #13
  47. Detective Comics #38, see excerpt
  48. Batman Chronicles: The Gauntlet
  49. Robin: Year One #1
  50. Robin (Volume 4) #0
  51. Robin: Year One #2
  52. Robin: Year One #3
  53. Robin: Year One #4
  54. Brave and the Bold #54
  55. Teen Titans #53
  56. Teen Titans: Year One
  57. New Teen Titans #39
  58. Batman #408, see excerpt
  59. Nightwing Secret Files and Origins #1
  60. Tales of the Teen Titans #44
  61. Batman: The Killing Joke
  62. Suicide Squad #23
  63. Detective Comics #411
  64. Batman #232
  65. Batman #242
  66. Batman and the Outsiders #1
  67. Legends #6
  68. Justice League #1
  69. Justice League International #7
  70. Batman #408
  71. Batman #409
  72. Batman #410
  73. Batman #411
  74. Batman #401
  75. Detective Comics #568
  76. Batman #412
  77. Detective Comics #579
  78. Batman: The Cult
  79. Detective Comics Annual #1
  80. Detective Comics #590
  81. Detective Comics #591
  82. Detective Comics #583
  83. Detective Comics #584
  84. Batman: Ten Nights of the Beast
  85. Detective Comics #585
  86. Detective Comics #586
  87. Detective Comics #587
  88. Detective Comics #588
  89. Detective Comics #592
  90. Detective Comics #593
  91. Batman #414
  92. Batman #421
  93. Batman #424
  94. 94.0 94.1 Batman #426
  95. Batman #427
  96. Batman #428
  97. Batman #429
  98. Detective Comics #595
  99. Batman #431
  100. Batman Annual #13
  101. Detective Comics #596
  102. Detective Comics #597
  103. Batman #430
  104. Batman #432
  105. Many Deaths of the Batman
  106. Detective Comics #601
  107. Detective Comics #602
  108. Detective Comics #603
  109. Batman: The Mud Pack
  110. Detective Comics #608
  111. Detective Comics #609
  112. Arkham Asylum: A Serious House on Serious Earth
  113. Batman #440
  114. New Titans #60
  115. Batman #441
  116. New Titans #61
  117. Batman #442
  118. Batman #484
  119. Batman #485
  120. Batman #486
  121. Batman #487
  122. Batman #488
  123. Detective Comics #654
  124. Detective Comics #655
  125. Detective Comics #656
  126. Detective Comics #657
  127. Detective Comics #658
  128. Batman #490
  129. Batman #489
  130. Batman: Vengeance of Bane #1
  131. Batman #491
  132. Batman #495
  133. Batman #494
  134. Batman #492
  135. Detective Comics #659
  136. 136.0 136.1 Detective Comics #661
  137. Detective Comics #662
  138. Batman #493
  139. Showcase '93 #7
  140. Batman #496
  141. Detective Comics #663
  142. Batman #497
  143. Detective Comics #664
  144. Detective Comics #664
  145. Batman #498
  146. Detective Comics #665
  147. Batman #499
  148. Batman #500
  149. Justice League Task Force #5
  150. Justice League Task Force #6
  151. Batman: Shadow of the Bat #21
  152. Batman: Shadow of the Bat #22
  153. Batman: Shadow of the Bat #23
  154. Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight #59
  155. Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight #60
  156. Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight #61
  157. Robin (Volume 4) #7
  158. Batman #509
  159. Batman: Shadow of the Bat #29
  160. Detective Comics #676
  161. Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight #62
  162. Robin (Volume 4) #8
  163. Catwoman (Volume 2) #12
  164. Batman #510
  165. Batman: Shadow of the Bat #30
  166. Detective Comics #677
  167. Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight #63
  168. Robin (Volume 4) #9
  169. Zero Hour #4
  170. Batman #511
  171. Batman: Shadow of the Bat #31
  172. Detective Comics #678
  173. Zero Hour #1
  174. Zero Hour #0
  175. Batman: Shadow of the Bat #48
  176. Azrael #16
  177. Detective Comics #700
  178. Batman: Bane
  179. Justice League: A Midsummer's Nightmare
  180. JLA #1-4
  181. Batman: Shadow of the Bat #73
  182. Batman #553
  183. Detective Comics #720
  184. Batman: Blackgate - Isle of Men #1
  185. Batman: Shadow of the Bat #74
  186. Nightwing (Volume 2) #20
  187. Batman #554
  188. Detective Comics #721
  189. Robin (Volume 4) #53
  190. Batman #560
  191. Batman #561
  192. Batman #562
  193. Batman: Shadow of the Bat #82
  194. JLA Secret Files and Origins #3
  195. JLA #43
  196. JLA #44
  197. JLA #45
  198. JLA #46
  199. JLA #50
  200. Batman: The 10-Cent Adventure #1
  201. Batman: Gotham Knights #25
  202. Batman #600
  203. Batman #605
  204. Batman #608
  205. Batman #609
  206. Batman #610
  207. Batman #611
  208. Batman #612
  209. Batman #613
  210. Batman #614
  211. Batman #615
  212. Batman #616
  213. Batman #617
  214. Batman #618
  215. Batman #619
  216. Robin (Volume 4) #124-125
  217. Robin (Volume 4) #126
  218. Robin (Volume 4) #128
  219. Batman: The 12-Cent Adventure #1
  220. Batman #633
  221. Detective Comics #800
  222. Detective Comics #801
  223. Detective Comics #802
  224. Detective Comics #803
  225. Detective Comics #804
  226. Detective Comics #805
  227. Detective Comics #806
  228. Detective Comics #807
  229. Detective Comics #808
  230. Detective Comics #811
  231. Detective Comics #812
  232. Detective Comics #813
  233. Detective Comics #814
  234. Infinite Crisis Secret Files and Origins #1
  235. Batman Annual #25
  236. Batman #635
  237. Batman #636
  238. Batman #637
  239. Batman #638
  240. Batman #639
  241. Batman #640
  242. Batman #641
  243. Batman #646
  244. Batman #647
  245. Batman #648
  246. Batman #649
  247. Infinite Crisis #4
  248. Batman #650
  249. Countdown to Infinite Crisis #1
  250. Infinite Crisis #7
  251. 52 #30
  252. 252.0 252.1 52 #47
  253. Detective Comics #817
  254. Batman #651
  255. Detective Comics #818
  256. Batman #652
  257. Detective Comics #819
  258. Batman #653
  259. Detective Comics #820
  260. Batman #654
  261. 261.0 261.1 Batman #655
  262. Batman #656
  263. Batman #657
  264. Batman #658
  265. Batman #663
  266. Batman #664
  267. Batman #665
  268. Batman #672
  269. Batman #156
  270. Batman #673
  271. Batman #674
  272. Detective Comics #215
  273. Batman #667
  274. Batman #668
  275. Batman #669
  276. Detective Comics #846
  277. Detective Comics #847
  278. Detective Comics #848
  279. Detective Comics #849
  280. Detective Comics #850
  281. Batman #675
  282. Batman #676
  283. Batman #677
  284. Batman #678
  285. Batman #679
  286. Batman #680
  287. Batman #681
  288. Final Crisis #1
  289. Final Crisis: Requiem #1
  290. Final Crisis #2
  291. Batman #682-683, see excerpt
  292. Final Crisis #6, see excerpt
  293. Final Crisis #7, see excerpt
  294. Blackest Night #0
  295. Batman: The Return of Bruce Wayne #1
  296. Batman: The Return of Bruce Wayne #2
  297. Batman: The Return of Bruce Wayne #3
  298. Batman: The Return of Bruce Wayne #4
  299. Batman: The Return of Bruce Wayne #5
  300. Batman: The Return of Bruce Wayne #6
  301. Bruce Wayne: The Road Home
  302. Batman and Robin #16
  303. Batman: The Return #1
  304. Batman Incorporated #1
  305. Batman Incorporated #2
  306. Detective Comics Annual #12
  307. Batman Annual #28
  308. Batman Incorporated #3
  309. Batman Incorporated #4
  310. Batman Incorporated #5
  311. Batman Incorporated #6
  312. Batman Incorporated #7
  313. Batman Incorporated #8
  314. Batman Incorporated: Leviathan Strikes! #1
  315. Flash (Volume 3) #12
  316. Flashpoint: Batman - Knight of Vengeance #3
  317. Flashpoint (Volume 2) #1
  318. Flashpoint (Volume 2) #5, see excerpt
  319. Convergence: Batman: Shadow of the Bat #2
  320. Convergence: Batman: Shadow of the Bat #2
  321. Convergence: Batman and Robin #1
  322. Convergence: Batman and Robin #2
  323. Convergence #2
  324. Convergence #8
  325. Batman #588-590
  326. Batman and the Mad Monk #6
  327. Batman #497
  328. Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight #61
  329. Detective Comics #470
  330. Detective Comics #474
  331. Detective Comics #476
  332. Batman: Widening Gyre #6
  333. Gotham Gazette: Batman Alive? #1
  334. Bruce Wayne: The Road Home: Ra's al Ghul #1
  335. JLA #66
  336. JLA #70
  337. JLA #74, see excerpt
  338. JLA #78
  339. JLA #80
  340. JLA #90
  341. Blackest Night: Wonder Woman #2, see excerpt
  342. Green Lantern (Volume 4) #9, see excerpt
  343. Green Lantern (Volume 4) #17, see excerpt
  344. Batman Chronicles #11
  345. Batman #655, see excerpt
  346. Batman #601
  347. JLA 80-Page Giant #2
  348. Detective Comics #834
  349. JLA #4
  350. JLA: Welcome to the Working Week
  351. Detective Comics #776
  352. Detective Comics #518
  353. Batman #592
  354. JLA #61
  355. Batman: Year Two
  356. Batman #0
  357. Batman: The Ultimate Evil #1
  358. Infinite Crisis #6
  359. Batman #673
  360. Secret Origins (Volume 2) #32
  361. JLA: Year One #1
  362. JLA: Year One #2
  363. Batman: Son of the Demon
  364. Dennis O'Neil interview at Comics Bulletin
  365. Batman #656
  366. Trinity #29
  367. Batman #634
  368. Detective Comics #845, see excerpt
  369. Batman #701



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